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· October, 2014

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from October, 2014

They Lied Until He Died: Zambia Acknowledges President's Illness Just Before His Death

Zambia's fifth president, Michael Sata, died on October 28, 2014. Zambians question the government's decision not to tell the nation the truth about his health.

6 Things You Wanted to Know About Cameroon but Were Afraid to Ask

Who are Cameroon's big names? Do English speakers and French speakers get along? Gaelle Tjat, based in Douala, gives a colorful portrait of her homeland.

People in Burkina Faso Are Taking to the Streets Against a ‘President for Life’

Protests swept cities in Burkina Faso over President Blaise Compaoré's proposed changes to the constitution to let him run for office again. He has held power for 27 years.

5 Muslim Countries Where Gays Are Not Prosecuted by the Law

The LGBT Muslims blog identified 5 Muslim nations where the legal system does not outlaw homosexuality. The 5 countries are : Mali, Jordan, Indonesia, Turkey and Albania. While the law...

50 Years Later, Zambians Are Asking What Independence Day Means

While Zambians all over the world celebrated the holiday with food, the national colours, and more, some observations have raised serious questions about the country's past and future.

West Africans Keep Calm Despite Ebola and Remind the World Who They Are

As the Ebola death toll nears 5,000, with at least 10,000 reported cases, many in West Africa are utilizing the power of new media in the fight against the disease.

A Just Sentence? Too Lenient? Oscar Pistorius Given 5 Years in Prison

The South African athlete's culpable murder conviction for the death of Reeva Steenkamp came on the heels of a 77-year sentence handed down to a rhino poacher in July.

Cyber Attack Downs Mozambique's @Verdade News Site on Election Day

The attack began on the eve of the election and managed to bring down the site just as polls closed and votes were being counted.

Hacking Against Ebola

Global Editors Network intends to develop new technologies and social networks for covering and preventing the Ebola epidemic from spreading. Watch the YouTube video below for more information about the...

Chatting with Tony Iribor, Nigeria's Social-Chatter Curator

GV's Nwachukwu Egbunike catches up with Tony Iribor, who curates a new weekly production on Twitter called "Nigeria — the Twitter Round Up."

Beyond an Ebola-Free Nigeria

Nigeria should not rest following the declaration by the World Health Organization of being Ebola-free.

One Vibe Africa Launches Africa From the Skies

One Vibe Africa uses music and art to inspire Kenyan youths to appreciate culture and tradition and to develop their own creative potential. Their latest initiative #Africafromtheskies needs your support....

Preventing Ebola in Nigeria With Ebola Alert Twitter Feed

Ebola Alert Twitter feed is the creation of evidence-driven group of volunteer professionals working on Ebola prevention interventions. The initiative involves active participation of professionals from different walks of life....

Humanitarian Associations in Burkina Faso Campaign for Revenue Sharing from the Mining Industry with “Just 1%” Hashtag

A new hashtag is trending in Burkina Faso online networks: #Justeunpourcent (Just 1 Percent in English). The hashtag refers to a campaign initiated by local NGOs to the Parliament that...

Bloggers Behind Bars: Ethiopia's Zone9ers and Threats to Online Speech Across the Globe

Governments in a growing list of nations have recognized that modern-day connectivity can prove a lethal challenge to their legitimacy and very existence.

Ex-President's Return Triggers Media Warning from Government in Madagascar

The political situation is tense again in Madagascar after ex-president in exile Marc Ravalomanana's return to the country. The conditions under which he came back and the subsequent house arrest...

Journal from an Ethiopian Prison: The Maekelawi Ceremony

"We could not carry on surviving the hell of Maekelawi. We ended up telling our interrogators what they wanted to hear."

Journal from an Ethiopian Prison: Testimony of Befeqadu Hailu

Original testimony from Befeqadu Hailu, one of four Global Voices members currently jailed in Ethiopia.

Some Gambians Don't Feel Like Celebrating President Jammeh's 20 Years in Power

Gambia is going through a ten-day long celebration marking 20 years since President Yahya Jammeh overthrew a democratically elected government.

Animated Video Dispels Ebola Myths

Ebola: A Poem for the Living (English) from United Methodist Communications on Vimeo. United Methodist Communications, Chocolate Moose Media and iheed have collaborated to produce an animated video for use...

About our Sub-Saharan Africa coverage

Nwachukwu Egbunike is the Sub-Saharan Co-Editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.

Njeri Wangari is the Sub-Saharan Africa Co-editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.

Dércio Tsandzana is the Lusophone (Portuguese) editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.


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