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Ofeibea Quist-Arcton : NPR

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

Last Build Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 05:16:00 -0500

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New Ghanaian President's Speech Sounds Familiar

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 05:16:00 -0500

Ghana's new president made quite a stir with his inaugural address. Not only were his comments moving, but parts were lifted from speeches by U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Possibly The First Music Video Starring Old Politicians

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 04:54:00 -0500

The singing group is made up of Nigeria's aging former national leaders and current vice president. Their rendition of an old hymn has evoked tears — and anger.

In Dire, Daily Life, What Do Zimbabweans Find Funny?

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 08:34:00 -0500

Widespread joblessness, hunger and an economy once again in a tailspin are what Zimbabweans are living with daily. So how do you make people laugh when life seems so dire?

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh Defies International Calls To Step Down

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 05:08:00 -0500

Jammeh initially conceded electoral defeat and then changed his mind, and now is refusing to give up power. Regional counterparts in the West African bloc are trying to force him out.

Congolese President's Refusal To Step Down Sparks Deadly Protests

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 16:38:00 -0500

The Congolese president is refusing to step down at the imminent end of his term sparking protests in the capital, Kinshasa.

Gambia's President Contests Election Results After Conceding Defeat

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 16:30:00 -0500

The people voted and the incumbent lost. He conceded, but then a week later, Gambia's president changed his mind. Now he's contesting the results, and regional leaders are suggesting they may use West African military forces to make him step down.

Gambia Poised For Peaceful Transition After 22 Years Under Authoritarian Ruler

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:39:00 -0500

The tiny West African nation of Gambia is poised for an unprecedented handover of power. In a surprise election upset, the opposition candidate bested the 22-year ruler, whose government is known for forced disappearances, torture and other human rights violations.

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.