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· January, 2020

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from January, 2020

27 January 2020

Red palm fruit flourishes in Côte d'Ivoire, despite national shortage

In the sprawling markets of Côte d'Ivoire, red palm oil is sold in open-air stands in recycled plastic bottles by women. The original red palm tree originates in West Africa. 

24 January 2020

This Nigerian human rights lawyer wins second order of restraint against government

Advox

Lawyer Gloria Ballason has experienced ongoing intimidation and harassment by Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, amid a growing crackdown on freedom of expression and dissent in Nigeria. 

A regional security intervention in Nigeria sparks ethnic, political tensions

Amotekun may be the litmus test that defines the restructuring of Nigeria's federalism.

23 January 2020

Malawi opens the first drone academy in Africa

The African Drone and Data Academy officially opened this month in Malawi — the first of its kind in Africa.

22 January 2020

Another #SexForGrades scandal — and the birth of a movement against sexual harassment in Nigeria

In the last few years, Nigerian women have become ferociously vocal against sexual assault of female students. This is growing into a movement with extraordinary on- and offline impact.

21 January 2020

Yorùbá loanwords: How languages evolve

Using Yorùbá words in their original forms helps ensure that culture — kept alive through language — continues to thrive.

Nigeria: A failed state — reality or perception?

In addition to threats from Boko Haram, abductions and kidnapping in Nigeria have also become the norm.

19 January 2020

Zanzibar says goodbye to legendary ‘king of kidumbak,’ musician Makame Faki

Legendary Zanzibari musician Makame Faki Makame has died at the age of 77. He was hailed as the king of kidumbak and a master of taarab, Zanzibar's "national sound."

16 January 2020

New privacy law in Mozambique threatens freedom of expression, activists say

Advox

New legislation criminalizes all types of invasion of privacy via mobile phones, and the publication of images or videos of third parties without their consent.

12 January 2020

Zanzibar mourns the death of Omani sultan who strengthened historical ties with East Africa

Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman was known to many as a "quiet diplomat" who modernized Oman and restored and strengthened historical ties with Zanzibar and East Africa.

11 January 2020

Why is Donald Trump so popular in Nigeria?

Ratings for US President Donald Trump’s handling of world affairs are largely negative around the world. But not in Nigeria.

10 January 2020

Will 2020 be the year of the Nigerian girl and woman? 

The year 2019 saw major movements to advance the rights of girls and women in Nigeria. Will 2020 continue this momentum? 

Sudan needs strong network neutrality laws to match its growing internet boom

Advox

As internet access becomes more available to a wider range of Sudanese citizens, a lack of net neutrality regulations means that violations in Sudan occur easily and often.

8 January 2020

Deadline looms for biometric SIM card registration in Tanzania

Advox

The biometric SIM card registration process means Tanzania joins a growing list of African nations gripped by the biometric data and digital identification revolution in Africa.