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Ahmed Kathrada funeral: South Africa's Zuma asked to stay away

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:27:17 GMT

Mourners cheer calls for South Africa's president to resign.

UK protest over Nigeria, Ghana deportations

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:53:14 GMT

Flights were temporarily halted on Tuesday evening after protesters locked themselves in an aircraft.

Kasai unrest: UN experts found dead in DR Congo

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:21:42 GMT

The bodies of a US man and a Swedish woman are found two weeks after they were abducted.

Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo acquitted

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:09:56 GMT

Crimes against humanity charges relate to the deadly violence after the 2010 presidential elections.

DR Congo protests turn violent after power-sharing talks collapse

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:23:27 GMT

Violence erupts after negotiations aimed at ending President Kabila's 17 years in power break down.

Attacks on Nigerian students shock India

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:59:50 GMT

Angry crowds near Delhi blamed the students for the death of a teenager from a suspected overdose.

Nigerian bobsleigh team races towards history

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:52:14 GMT

The first bobsleigh team from Africa are on the verge of qualifying for the 2018 Olympics.

What's Up Africa: How to report a stabbing in Kenya

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:01:52 GMT

BBC What's up Africa satirist Ikenna Azuike puts Kenyan police in the dock this week, and shares some tips on how to tackle their slow response to crime.

Was Delhi attack racially motivated?

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:44:17 GMT

Video footage shows Endurance Amalawa being attacked by a mob in India.

Kathrada: Colleagues didn't live to see democracy

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:30:23 GMT

Ahmed Kathrada, one of the big names of South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle has died at the age of 87.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on Kathrada: 'Same pain as Mandela'

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:26:39 GMT

Nelson Mandela's ex-wife has paid tribute to the South African anti-apartheid activist, Ahmed Kathrada, who has died aged 87.

What's Up Africa: Pastor Doom? Why not Pastor Whipped Cream?

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:29:30 GMT

What's Up Africa: Were customs officers left a little red-faced at Johannesburg Airport?

Cameroon boss Hugo Broos threatens to quit

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:01:18 GMT

Cameroon's Nations Cup-winning coach Hugo Broos threatens to quit over management and funding problems in the national team set-up.

Kenyan Clifton Miheso complains to Fifa over gun-threat allegation

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:18:00 GMT

Kenya international Clifton Miheso complains to Fifa over his claim he was forced at gunpoint to end his Golden Arrows contract.

Thomas Fessy: What is behind Congo police beheadings?

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:09:37 GMT

Up to 400 people have reportedly been killed in the central DR Congo province of Kasai - what is going on?

Ijeoma Ndukwe: Is Nigerian Fanta and Sprite safe to drink?

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 01:17:56 GMT

A recent court case in Nigeria highlights concerns that locally made drinks may be considered unsafe for human consumption.

Milton Nkosi: Colonialism tweets undermine SA opposition

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:52:18 GMT

Colonial tweets by former party leader could end South African opposition party's chances of winning the next election.

Living with volcanoes

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:17:35 GMT

The archipelago where the landscape is idyllic but life tough.

World's vainest people?

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:21:27 GMT

How the men of Chad's Wodaabe culture go about finding their brides at a desert festival where the stress is on make-up and clothes.

Nigeria's soot city

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 01:11:45 GMT

A mysterious case of pollution has turned Port Harcourt, known as "The Garden City", into a city covered in soot.

Saving Zanzibar

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:45:05 GMT

A group of local artisans is trying to preserve their island's buildings.

Drought battle

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 01:27:26 GMT

Kenyan herders are giving their own food to animals to keep them alive during the severe drought.

Africa's 2016 in pictures

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 00:24:57 GMT

A selection of the most striking news images from the African continent this year.

Preserving rural Mali

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 01:00:41 GMT

Photographer Boukary Konate is documenting scenes from rural life in his native Mali for the "internet generation", and before this way of life disappears entirely.

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: US state of mind

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:36:25 GMT

How Nigerians obsess about life in the US

Sola Odunfa: Do Nigerians go on holiday?

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 13:43:14 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Sola Odunfa examines the attitude of Nigerians to holidaying, at a time when President Muhammadu Buhari has spent more than a month on "medical vacation" in the UK.

Elizabeth Ohene: 'Joining the desperadoes'

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 02:06:24 GMT

Elizabeth Ohene considers Ghanaians' wanderlust as her compatriots join those taking risks to claim asylum abroad.

Yousra Elbagir: Global pariah

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:52:34 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Sudanese columnist Yousra Elbagir explains what it is like to live in a country subject to US sanctions.

Credentials, please

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:33:55 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Joseph Warungu looks at why Kenya insists that its senior political leaders must hold a university degree.

Top of the class

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:03:11 GMT

An area infamous for its high crime rate is now being associated with academic excellence.

Banned from school

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:04:28 GMT

Photographs of the young girls banned from attending school

Africa's top shots: 17-24 March 2017

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:50:40 GMT

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

Off the handle

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:33:23 GMT

Spare a thought for those who are given troublesome names. In Zambia, Chris Haslam came across some very surprising choices.

Uncensored poets

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 01:14:05 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists Yousra Elbagir looks at Sudan's rich history of lyrical resistance at a time of state censorship and control.

‘Vegetable ivory’

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:22:41 GMT

A look at how the seed of a South American tree is increasingly being used as an alternative to ivory.

The face of hunger

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 01:56:19 GMT

Family portraits from the heart of the hunger crisis in Somaliland.

Reality Check

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:28:10 GMT

Kenya's civil servants receive more tax revenue than those in other sub-Saharan African countries.