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Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa

30 August 2015

Lebanese-French Trumpeter Reimagines ‘Alice in Wonderland’ as a Hip-Hop Opera

A rabbit hole worth heading down? Ibrahim Maalouf has reworked the Lewis Carroll classic, setting it in modern France with a Malian beat.

Tanzania General Elections 2015: A Defeat for Africa's Longest Ruling Party?

"Moved by fear of losing, the ruling party is now resorting to undemocratic methods to maintain its grip on power."

28 August 2015

8 Ways Climate Change Is Already Affecting Africa

According to the Climate Change Vulnerability Index for 2015, seven of the ten countries most at risk from climate change are in Africa.

27 August 2015

Medical Workers Dance to Celebrate Release of Sierra Leone's Last Ebola Patient

The Ebola outbreak has killed 3,952 in the West African nation, according to the World Health Organisation.

23 August 2015

Want to See the First Free African Town in the Americas? Go to Mexico

Afro-Mexicans proudly share the story of “El Yanga,” apparently an enslaved prince from the Yang-Bara tribe from Gabon, who helped slaves to be free from the Spanish around 1570.

17 August 2015

Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers Head Back to Court After 15 Months Behind Bars

Global Voices Advocacy

The Zone9ers' trial has been postponed 33 times, for reasons ranging from the banal to the bizarre. They may finally learn their fate this Wednesday, at their next court date.

16 August 2015

Watch Out For the Most Tightly Contested Election in Tanzania's History

"Lowassa is a Maasai Robin Hood. Or Tanzanian El Chapo. Look at the hands he touches and not the toes he stepped on."

15 August 2015

Are GMOs the Answer to Kenya's Food Security Issues?

Kenya looks like it is ready to get back on the GMO train. Is it right to?

12 August 2015

As Chad’s Former Dictator Heads to Trial, Impunity for African Despots May Be Coming to an End

An extraordinary event for Africa, Hissène Habré's trial demonstrates what's maybe the beginning of a new era for the continent, where young politicians are changing the way the law works.

8 August 2015

Zambia Musician Gets Shoutout From President Obama for Highlighting Struggle Against HIV/Aids

Obama praised the musician's work and told him: "Brian, we’re proud to be your partner."

7 August 2015

“They Can't Take Our Flag!”: Madagascar Outraged at 2015 Indian Ocean Games

The 2015 Indian Ocean Island Games in Réunion have been plagued by incidents which escalated into a diplomatic row between Madagascar and France.

Is Another Political Crisis Looming in Guinea-Bissau?

After coups in 2010 and 2012, a new political crisis between the President and Prime Minister is looming in Guinea-Bissau.

6 August 2015

Nigerians Go Back to High School With Tens of Thousands of Hilarious Tweets

Dining hall prefects in Nigerian secondary schools have a reputation of being 'well fed', with a propensity to 'sell' the food meant for feeding fellow students.

Meet the Humans of Kibera, Africa's Largest Slum

Rising Voices

The story, in pictures, of the lives and challenges of residents of Africa's largest urban slum.

5 August 2015

Disappeared Gambian Journalist Slammed With Sedition Charge

Global Voices Advocacy

"It seems the whole nation is behind bars," wrote one Facebook user on the disappearances of multiple journalists in The Gambia. Although facing charges, Abdoulie Ceesay's whereabouts remain unknown.

3 August 2015

Exiled Journalist Speaks on Human Trafficking and The Gambia's Assault on Media Freedom

Global Voices Advocacy

Sanna Camara fled his home country in the face of legal challenges and death threats after he published a series of stories on human trafficking in The Gambia.

2 August 2015

To Ethiopian-American Singer Meklit Hadero, ‘Home Is Always in Flux’

Ethiopian-American musician Meklit Hadero talks about landing in US state of Iowa, an ode to the Afro, and how her music is not so easily defined.

1 August 2015

Kenyans Put Obama's Visit Under the Microscope

Kenyans analyzed everything from the hug between Obama and Kenyan President Uhuru to Obama's call to respect gay rights.

30 July 2015

“Ethiopians Should Not Wait for Obama to Give Them Democracy”

"The united hands of our people are stronger than that of Western world! Let us do that and reign the democracy we are longing for!"

29 July 2015

Africans Take Jabs at One Another With #IfAfricaWasABar Hashtag

"If Africa was a bar, what would your country be drinking/doing?," Siyanda- Panda, a writer from Botswana, asked on Twitter.

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