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· February, 2019

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from February, 2019

The repatriation of African artifacts to countries of origin is tricky business

Many of Africa's "stolen artifacts from colonial times were generally given or donated to French public collections. Thus, these artworks ... have become a property of the French state."

A steep price hike for passport applications pushed Angolans to protest

The fee increased from 8 to 97 US dollars.

Will Felix Tshisekedi bring an end to turmoil in Democratic Republic of Congo?

President Felix Tshisekedi said that the court's confirmation of his win was a victory for the entire country and promised to build a nation of unity, peace and security.

Mozambican's garbage-themed act wows audiences on Italian TV talent show

When explaining his performance to the jurors, Amós mentioned Hulene, Maputo's single waste disposal site where a garbage slide in 2018 killed 16 people.

Cameroonian justice minister rationalizes Holocaust on national television

The comments are distressing given how it feeds into the renewed reliance worldwide from far-right movements on the tired, racist trope that the Jewish community controls the finance world.

Nigeria postpones 2019 general elections hours before polls open, citing ‘logistics and operations’ concerns

"Why on earth would elections be postponed with just a couple of hours left? Why did they wait until the last minute?"

Four southern African nations petition to lift the international ivory trade ban

The proposal to lift the ivory trade ban has released a clash between elephant conservationists and those who favor the practice, citing economic reasons.

Nigeria's presidential elections — a test for democracy in Africa

"If the upcoming presidential election in Africa’s most populous country are free, fair and credible, it sets a strong example for the continent’s other democracies."

Every vote counts? Tackling voter apathy and low voter turnout in Nigeria's national elections

Will every vote count in Nigeria's 2019 national elections? Voters are the missing link to a strong democracy. Understanding voter apathy is key to successful elections.

Mozambicans demand justice on government debt scandal

"The illegal debts burden our people and push our youth to unemployment and marginality."

Nigerian governor warns foreign governments: Interfere in our elections and ‘go back in body bags’

"Time after time, El-Rufai continues to betray a dangerous mindset. This vile and abhorrent language should be condemned by all."

Uganda's social media tax is leaving people disconnected — and failing to meet revenue targets

Prior to the tax's implementation, 47.4 percent of people in Uganda were using the internet. Three months later, that number had fallen to 35 percent.

#FreeAmade: Journalist arrested and tortured after reporting on violence in northern Mozambique

The journalist was detained by Mozambican police while reporting a story in Cabo Delgado.

Victory predicted for Nigeria's top presidential opposition candidate amidst corruption allegations

A poll yielded a twelve percent positive vote differential for opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar over the incumbent Muhammadu Buhari in the February 16 Nigerian presidential election.

An owl refuses to leave Tanzanian parliament. What does it all mean?

The owl appeared while legislators were signing a controversial amendment limiting opposition voices in Tanzania. Could the owl be an omen signaling the death of democracy in Tanzania?

With tensions rising ahead of 2019 presidential elections, Nigerians fear internet shutdown

The use of social media to call attention to the government's violations and illegal actions have led to fears that of online censorship in upcoming elections.

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