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Elia Varela Serra

Journalist and blogger with an African interest.

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Latest posts by Elia Varela Serra

Côte d'Ivoire: Presidential Election in Pictures

On this Sunday, October 31st, registered voters in Côte d'Ivoire cast their ballots in the first presidential election in 10 years, due to the Civil War that broke out in...

Ghanaian beaches worth exploring

Maameous recommends a few Ghanaian beaches worth exploring.

Côte d'Ivoire: Journalists accused of document theft are freed

The three journalists of Le Nouveau Courrier d'Abidjan arrested for refusing to reveal their sources have been finally released [Fr] this evening after a two-week ordeal. The journalists were found...

Côte d'Ivoire: Blogger and Journalist Théophile Kouamouo Arrested with his Team since July 13th

Three journalists of Le Nouveau Courrier d'Abidjan were taken into police custody when they refused to disclose sources for an investigative report on the coffee and cocoa export trade. Here...

Coup in Niger: Bloggers sigh in relief at the ousting of President Tandja

On Thursday, February 18th a coup d'état took place in Niger, in which President Mamadou Tandja was captured after a gun battle in the capital. A few months ago Tandja...

Light Up Nigeria: Enough Is Enough

Despite being a country rich in oil, Nigeria's electricity supply situation is insufficient. “In most parts of the country, darkness pervades and generators have taken over as the source of...

Congo Brazzaville: Disappointment at Presidential election

On Sunday July 12th, people in the Republic of the Congo voted in an election which opposition leaders boycotted over allegations it would be neither free nor fair. Denis Sassou...

DRC: Goma's Makeover for Independence Day

June 30th marked the 49th anniversary of the Democratic Republic of Congo's independence from Belgium. This year, the official festivities took place in Goma. Bloggers react to this historic anniversary,...

Gabon: On President Omar Bongo's death

Sunday night, French media announced the death of President Omar Bongo of Gabon, who had spent 41 of his 73 years in power. Bloggers write about Gabon after Bongo and...

Rwanda: The unresolved FDLR issue

Last January the conflict in North Kivu shifted once again with the arrest of CNDP rebel group leader Laurent Nkunda in Rwanda and the entry of the Rwandan national army...

Rwanda: Fifteen years after the genocide

Today marks the end of a week of national mourning in Rwanda to commemorate the 15 anniversary since the genocide which killed 800,000 people. On the 7th of April ceremonies...

Senegal: Beach wrestling

George Esunge Fominyen writes about the popularity of traditional wrestlilng in Senegal's beaches, and posts a video shot in the touristic resort of Mbour. He writes: “wrestlers competing in the...

Cameroon: Interview with Côté Minou

Dulce Camer interviews Maryanne E. Mokoko and Stephanie T. Mouapi, the designers behind the fashion label “Côté Minou” launched in 2006. The interview includes several photos of their designs.

The beauty of Sudan in pictures

Memoirs of a Sudanese breath has been posting a series of pictures of Sudan under the title “Beauty of Sudan“: battling women, traveling by donkey or camel in rural areas,...

Comparing Illinois governor Blagojevic and his Nigerian counterparts

Grandiose Parlor draws a parallel between the impeachment of the Illinois State Governor (U.S) Rod Blagojevic over corruption charges, with Nigerian governors: “while the two are corrupt – well, maybe...

Two South African inventions

Cape Town Daily Photo highlights two South African inventions, the dolos and the kreepy krauler.

Guinea: Civil society is key

Black Star Journal reviews and analyses the latest developments in Guinea. He concludes: “With the former opposition political parties impotent and incoherent, an organized and assertive civil society might be...

DR Congo: Journalist released after 10 months in prison

Bana Congo [Fr] reports that Nsimba Embete Ponte, director of the paper l’Interprète, was released from prison on January 7 after completing a 10-month sentence for “offence to the head...

DR Congo: A musical roundup

With so much bad news coming from the Democratic Republic of Congo lately, we decided to show a different perspective on the country and looking at a completely different type...

DR Congo: ICC trial for Bemba?

Bana Congo [Fr] and Wronging Rights report that Jean-Pierre Bemba‘s confirmation of charges hearing began at the International Criminal Court on January 12. Bemba is alleged to be criminally responsible...

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