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

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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?

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.