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Nigeria Boko Haram: Army 'releases child suspects'

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 18:25:25 GMT

The UN says it has negotiated the release of 876 children held as suspects by the Nigerian army.

Kenya bans clipboards to curb exam cheating at schools

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 15:21:17 GMT

Kenyan schoolchildren are barred from entering examination rooms with clipboards and geometry set boxes in a bid to curb a big cheating problem.

Nigeria to spend $10bn to end conflict in oil-rich Niger Delta

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:35:16 GMT

Nigeria will invest $10bn (£8bn) on developing its oil-rich south in an attempt to end an insurgency by militants, the oil minister says.

Ghana education: Boy who became a meme raises thousands

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:26:42 GMT

A photo of a schoolboy in Ghana goes viral in South Africa, and raises thousands for his village.

Prince Harry hails 'amazing' elephant work in Malawi

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:21:09 GMT

Prince Harry says the experience of helping to move African elephants across Malawi was "amazing".

Madagascar: 1.5m face hunger because of drought, UN says

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:39:17 GMT

The UN says 1.5 million people in southern Madagascar are facing hunger because of a severe drought.

Can a comic teach South Africa's young hustlers?

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 23:12:05 GMT

A South African businessman is trying to spread the entrepreneurial spirit, through a comic book.

How many Africans live in the US?

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:24:50 GMT

Many people, from all over Africa, have emigrated to the United States and now live across the country.

'I killed my rapist when he came back for my sister'

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:32:46 GMT

A young Tunisian woman was photographed naked by a friend of her father's. He then used the images to silence her - until one day she snapped and took a bloody revenge. This story is part of the BBC's Shame series, which examines a disturbing new phenomenon - the use of private or sexually explicit images to blackmail and shame young people, mainly girls and women, in some of the world's most conservative societies. Explore all the stories and join the conversation at

South Sudan in 105 seconds

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:43:39 GMT

South Sudan is the world's youngest country and much of its recent history, both before and since independence, has been characterised by violence.

Algeria appoint Georges Leekens as coach, 16 days before World Cup qualifier

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 10:40:02 GMT

Algeria appoint Belgian Georges Leekens as their new national coach, just 16 days before a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria.

Local players call for strike in 2017 Nations Cup hosts Gabon

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:23:38 GMT

Local footballers in Gabon, the host nation of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, threaten to go on strike in a row over non-payment of salaries.

Anne Soy: Why a South Sudanese boy hid in a swamp

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:46:21 GMT

Thousands civilians have been displaced in the ongoing fighting in South Sudan with some seeking refuge in protection sites across the country. The plight of an 11-year-old boy captures the suffering of many in the country, writes Anne Soy.

Chris Simpson: Behind the smile

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:49:12 GMT

The Gambia is known to tourists as "the smiling coast of West Africa", but this masks something more troubling, as Chris Simpson has been finding out.

Nancy Kacungira: Uganda's life-saving potato

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:42:25 GMT

Millions of children across Africa suffer from malnutrition - one way to tackle this is a special type of sweet potato that can deliver an extra vitamin hit which is being developed in Uganda, writes the BBC's Nancy Kacungira.

Mary Harper: Somalia's difficult path to democracy

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:42:32 GMT

Somalis were promised that 2016 would see the country's first democratic poll in nearly 50 years, but the reality is much more complicated.

Concrete canvas

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:31:45 GMT

After nearly three years of war, South Sudanese artists want to get the country thinking and talking about peace, and have landed on a novel way to do it.

Octopus hunters of Zanzibar

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:18:17 GMT

The white beaches of Zanzibar’s coast are home to the octopus hunters, in search of the delicacy.

Behind the hawker hustle

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:25:04 GMT

Photos of street vendors from across Africa who it is thought account for more than half of the continent's work force.

Spectacular Botswana

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 07:15:28 GMT

Spectacular landscape and wildlife provide some stunning images from Botswana.

Vaccine sprint

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:47:21 GMT

Africa's worst yellow fever outbreak in 30 years prompts a race to protect millions of people from the disease, complicated by a shortage of vaccines.

Portraits from India

Sun, 21 Aug 2016 23:46:04 GMT

Photographer Mahesh Shantaram documents the lives of Africans living in India.

Child's first sight

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 23:10:44 GMT

Criscent Bwambale, six, sees for the first time after an operation to remove cataracts in Uganda.

Everyday Eritrea

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 23:49:21 GMT

Images of Eritrea by the BBC's Mary Harper.

In pictures: Muhammad Ali's love affair with Africa

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 09:58:17 GMT

From Muhammad Ali's most famous fight to his friendship with Nelson Mandela, photos that tell the story of the boxer's relationship with Africa.

In pictures: Play, prayers and power explored at Dak'Art

Sun, 05 Jun 2016 23:12:36 GMT

Contemporary African art is showcased at a biennale in Senegal every two years. Photographer Ricci Shryock met the artists behind the works.

Elizabeth Ohene: Women belong everywhere

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:03:18 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Ghanaian writer Elizabeth Ohene reflects on Muhammadu Buhari's recent comments about his wife and offers her view of what Nigeria's president got wrong.

Joseph Warungu: Exam sharks

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 23:58:14 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Joseph Warungu, a former high-school teacher, examines the measures the Kenyan government has put in place to tackle cheating in national exams.

Farai Sevenzo: Salute or slur?

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:46:07 GMT

Columnist Farai Sevenzo considers why the authorities in Zimbabwe are making efforts to protect the country's flag - and from what it needs protecting.

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: Hairy subject

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 23:57:32 GMT

Nigerian novelist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani questions whether a South African school's hair rules really were racist or if something else was at play.

Elizabeth Ohene: The wheelchair gap

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:04:29 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Ghanaian writer Elizabeth Ohene considers the gap between Paralympic wonder and the reality for wheelchair users in Ghana.

Joseph Warungu: Parental bliss

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:28:32 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, social commentator Joseph Warungu asks why the governing coalition has launched a new political party.

Elizabeth Ohene: Switching allegiances

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:35:52 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Ghanaian writer Elizabeth Ohene ponders whether it matters that Olympians have switched nationalities.

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: 'She is my daughter'

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 01:15:24 GMT

In our series of letters by African journalists, Nigerian novelist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani looks at a mother’s desperate battle to recover her kidnapped toddler.

Africa's top shots: 21-27 October 2016

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:37:55 GMT

A selection of the best photos from across Africa this week.

Poll promise

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:15:02 GMT

The people of Ivory Coast are going to the polls on Sunday to approve or reject a draft constitution which the government says will address the question of identity which have been at the heart of years of unrest.

No pirates here

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:28:42 GMT

Somali-Americans are tired of seeing themselves portrayed as terrorists. A new film tries to challenge stereotypes.

Private or public?

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:53:08 GMT

With Uganda's public education system reeling from absent teachers, poor facilities and high dropout rates, could private education be the answer?

Selfie blackmail

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:20:51 GMT

Smartphones and social media are colliding with notions of honour and shame in conservative societies - with devastating effects on the lives of some young women.

Corruption and scandal

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:45:13 GMT

America, a beacon of global democracy, is having a torrid presidential election and many Nigerians and other Africans are loving the irony on Twitter.

Project dignity

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:36:03 GMT

At the age of 13, Natasha Annie Tonthola was subjected to a ritual sexual initiation at the hands of an older man, but that was just the start of her troubles.

Is this the end for the International Criminal Court?

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:28:42 GMT

The threatened departure of South Africa, one of the founding fathers of the International Criminal Court, feels like Africa's Brexit moment, writes Karen Allen.