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Ofeibea Quist-Arcton is journalist and broadcaster from Ghana, who reports for NPR News on issues and developments related to West Africa.

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Young Widow With 5 Kids Turns To Activism To Challenge A President

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:07:00 -0500

She's a former train driver and labor leader — and now an activist in the campaign to drive Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, from office.

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe Hints At Retirement

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 16:32:57 -0500

Zimbabwe has had one ruler since the country gained independence 36 years ago. The 92-year-old is now hinting at retirement, but on his terms. In comments this week to veterans of Zimbabwe's independence war veterans, he didn't offer a possible time frame.

Authoritarian Leaders In Africa Celebrate Trump Victory

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 17:19:00 -0500

Africa's authoritarian leaders have been congratulating Donald Trump and rejoicing in an end to what they see as an Obama administration critical of some African governments' human rights records.

South Africa Withdraws From International Court; Others Follow

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:06:00 -0400

For years, African leaders have criticized the International Criminal Court in The Hague — arguing that it targets only Africans, while failing to go after other alleged global wrongdoers.

Can Hashtags And Pop-Up Protests Topple A Leader?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:59:00 -0400

It's hashtags vs. Robert Mugabe. Social media is proving a new kind of challenge to Zimbabwe's strong-armed autocrat.

A Woman Named Fortunate Doesn't See Good Fortune Ahead In Zimbabwe

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:51:00 -0400

She sells clothes from the back of her car. But business is dropping. Like many Zimbabweans, she faces a crippled economy, high unemployment and a shortage of cash.

Nigeria Announces The Release Of Some Kidnapped Girls

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:33:00 -0400

A spokesman says 21 of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents two years ago have been released after talks brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government.

Months Of Protests Lead To Ethiopia Declaring A State Of Emergency

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 05:10:00 -0400

The East African country of Ethiopia has declared a state of emergency. Protesters have been demanding greater freedoms and those demonstrations have often turned violent.

The U.S. Dollar Is Zimbabwe's Main Currency, And It's Disappearing Fast

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 05:08:00 -0400

The southern African nation adopted U.S. currency to combat hyperinflation in 2009. As Zimbabwe faces a renewed crisis, citizens are lining up at banks to withdraw dollars as fast as they can.

Ethiopia Declares State Of Emergency Amid Continuing Protests

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 17:04:00 -0400

Ethiopia's government has declared a state of emergency following months of anti-government protests by the Oromo people, who say they are marginalized.

Who's The Woman With The Camera Chasing Smiles And Styles In Nigeria?

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 17:07:00 -0400

She's Fati Abubakar and she takes pictures for her Instagram feed, bitsofborno, showing how life goes on in a region best known for ties to Boko Haram.

Intense Unrest Follows Protests Against Zimbabwe's Longtime President

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:09:00 -0400

The southern African nation of Zimbabwe is facing its most intense unrest in years. We examine what's fueling the anger, and the rising opposition against President Robert Mugabe.

Gabon Rocked By Deadly Protests After Opposition Alleges Election Fraud

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 05:07:00 -0400

A contested election in the African nation of Gabon that saw the incumbent re-elected, turned violent after the opposition alleged fraud. Government forces met opposition protests with force.

Jollof Rice: West Africans Dish It Up With A Hefty Serving Of Smack Talk

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:57:00 -0400

Jollof rice is a celebration dish in West Africa. Each country in the region has its own take — and the rivalry over which version reigns supreme is constant fodder for a delicious war of words.

They're Caught In A Crisis That Isn't Hitting The Headlines

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 17:56:00 -0400

The number of malnourished people in northeastern Nigeria could be as hlgh as half a million. Boko Haram shoulders much of the blame.