Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from February, 2020
An Italian national is the index case patient of COVID-19 disease in Nigeria
Lagos is a commercial hub in Nigeria and the likelihood of a rapid spread of COVID-19 to other parts of the country is a looming possibility.
YouTuber in Mozambique kidnapped after denouncing a self-proclaimed prophet
In some of his YouTube videos, the user "Beleza em pessoa" criticized Mozambican prophets.
Justice for Tanzanian journalist Erick Kabendera comes at a steep price
Tanzanian freelance journalist Erick Kabendera was released from prison but faces hefty fines on charges of money laundering and tax evasion.
Rising attacks against journalists for reporting about the conflict in north Mozambique
There has been an alarming increase in the number of threats made against journalists who are covering the armed attacks in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.
Nigeria’s Victor Olaiya: Trumpeter and ‘evil genius’ of highlife music (1931-2020)
"They thought I moved highlife music out of the ordinary. My highlife was a little bit out of this world, beyond explanation..." — Victor Olaiya
Inflation and corruption rattle Nigeria's economy
"Nigeria is a powerful country! Our corrupt government is the reason we are on our knees!"
Broadcasters from Nigeria join global celebration of World Radio Day 2020
Nigerian broadcasters joined radio practitioners around the world to honor the powerful role that radio plays in global development on World Radio Day, February 13, 2020.
‘Luanda Leaks': How Africa's richest woman plundered the Angolan state
The investigation was based on more than 715,000 documents received by the Platform for the Protection of Whistleblowers in Africa (PPLAAF).
Tanzania slapped with US travel ban, individual sanctions amid deteriorating human rights situation
Tanzania's inclusion in the US travel ban speaks to intensifying diplomatic strain between the two countries due to Tanzania's rapid decline in human rights.
Nigeria on defensive after US travel ban casts accusations of security noncompliance
The travel ban came as a surprise to Nigeria, which has been a long-time partner with the US in the global fight against terrorism.
Nigeria's digital ID scheme may benefit those ‘with access'— but what about everyone else?
"Without an adequate data privacy or protection law, how can we safeguard against some of the greatest risks that such a system could incur?"
US tech companies should push to remove sanctions on Sudan
With a nearly 12 million-strong community of young internet users and innovators, Sudan presents a ready and dynamic market for U.S. tech companies—but first economic sanctions must be lifted.
‘Françafrique': A term for a contested reality in Franco-African relations
Like many colonial and post-colonial constructs, "Françafrique" remained mostly unchallenged for decades, but developments such as a new West African currency have reinvigorated debate in both France and Africa.
Newly elected Mozambican MP who lacks upper limbs plans to focus on education
"I believe that by being here in the great chamber I will encourage and inspire many people by the things I will do during my mandate."