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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: Mon, 17 Apr 2017 15:06:00 -0400

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Amid Aid Uncertainty, U.S. Counterterrorism Cooperation Continues In Africa

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 15:06:00 -0400

Forces from 27 countries took part last month in U.S.-led counterterrorism exercises to fight extremist violence by Boko Haram, the flow of foreign fighters and trafficking in the Lake Chad region.

Senegal's Good Friday Dish Is A Treat For Both Christians And Muslims

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 19:11:00 -0400

Senegal is a Muslim majority country, with a Christian minority. Christians celebrate Good Friday with a sweet porridge called ngalakh. They share it with their Muslim family and friends, too.

Boko Haram Still Holds Many Girls Kidnapped 3 Years Ago

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 05:06:00 -0400

Friday is the third anniversary of Boko Haram's kidnapping of nearly 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria. The Nigerian government says it's doubling efforts for the release of the remaining 200 girls.

Opposition Calls For Democratic Republic Of The Congo's President To Step Down

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 05:15:00 -0400

Tensions have been building in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since December, when the president's term ended but elections weren't held. He's still in office and many are angry about that.

Trump Administration Assesses Global Peacekeeping Priorities

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 05:07:00 -0400

The U.S. wants to see changes within the United Nations, as well as its peacekeeping operations worldwide — most of which are in Africa. The U.S. is the biggest donor to the budget.

U.S. Military Works With African Security Forces To Fight Boko Haram

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:28:00 -0400

Cross-border counterterrorism investigations and crisis response are priorities for regional forces battling Boko Haram insurgents.

Exercises With U.S. Military Help Chadian Forces Fight Extremism

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 05:04:00 -0400

The U.S. military is wrapping up training with African armies battling ISIS-affiliated Boko Haram. In one exercise, troops from Chad secured a vital waterway and attacked a Boko Haram safe haven.

Nigerian President's Long Absence Comes Amid Major Economic Crisis

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:34:00 -0500

President Muhammadu Buhari left for London Jan. 19. His government insists he's "hale and hearty," but speculation is rife that he may be suffering from prostate cancer, memory loss or other ailments.

Muslim Leader In Nigeria Links Polygamy To Poverty And Terrorism

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:06:00 -0500

Emir Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II says he's working with Islamic scholars to draft a law discouraging men from marrying multiple wives if they cannot afford to educate large families.

Nearing 93, Robert Mugabe Shows No Sign Of Stepping Down

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:53:00 -0500

The world's oldest leader, Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, turns 93 Tuesday. He has no intention of retiring and his wife has said even if he dies before next year's election, he should run "as a corpse."

It Came From The Americas — And It's Bad News For Africa

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:16:00 -0500

Armyworms — caterpillars of a moth species — are creeping across ever wider swaths of southern Africa, munching their way through crops.

Opposition Denounces President And Fights Break Out In South African Parliament

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 04:58:00 -0500

All hell broke loose as South African President Jacob Zuma addressed parliament. Lawmakers denounced him as a corrupt scoundrel and brawled with guards, while outside troops kept the public at bay.

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?