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Gambia's Adama Barrow says shock win heralds 'new hope'

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:41:29 GMT

Property developer Adama Barrow says his shock win of the Gambian poll heralds new hope for the country.

Nigeria's Boko Haram crisis: 'We survived militants but face starvation'

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:00:25 GMT

Up to 120,000 people risk starving to death amid the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria, the UN warns.

Libya: Rival militias in deadly clashes in Tripoli

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:47:27 GMT

Rival militias battle each other in Libya's capital Tripoli in the heaviest fighting for two years.

Didier Drogba charity cleared of fraud but may have 'misled' donors

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:52:09 GMT

An investigation into a charity run by former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba finds "no evidence of fraud or corruption" but says it may have "misled" donors.

South Sudan conflict: UN warns of 'ethnic cleansing'

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:17:58 GMT

Ethnic cleansing is taking place in South Sudan, a UN panel says, warning of possible genocide.

Gambia election: Internet and international calls banned

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:17:34 GMT

The Gambia bans the internet and international phone calls, as President Jammeh seeks a fifth term.

Gambia's Yahya Jammeh: The rise and fall of an African strongman

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:32:16 GMT

As Gambia's Yahya Jammeh suffers shock defeat in elections, a look back at his controversial 22-year rule.

The Gambia election: 'I never knew freedom until today'

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:56:17 GMT

Opposition supporters give their reaction to news that Yahya Jammeh, The Gambia's president of 22 years, has been defeated in elections by property developer, Adama Barrow.

Hunter Mitchell raised thousands of dollars to save Osita the rhino.

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:24:35 GMT

Hunter Mitchell raised thousands of dollars to save Osita the rhino.

'Weakness is a choice' - disabled bodybuilder in South Africa

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 02:11:11 GMT

Caleb Mutombo was born severely disabled and weighs less than 40kg but is a successful bodybuilder in South Africa.

100 Women 2016: Zoleka Mandela on her troubled past and battling cancer

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:40:56 GMT

Zoleka Mandela wishes her grandfather was still alive to see her putting her life back together.

Ghanaian elections hinge on country's economy

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:15:10 GMT

The economy is in the spotlight as Ghana builds up for pivotal elections.

Women's Afcon 2016: Cameroon aim to end Nigeria hoodoo

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:26:00 GMT

Hosts Cameroon go into the women's Nations Cup final on Saturday aiming to win their first title and avenge two previous defeats by Nigeria.

Gabon appoint Spaniard Jose Antonio Camacho as new coach

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:38:48 GMT

Former Spain boss Jose Antonio Camacho is appointed Gabon coach, just over a month before they will host the Nations Cup.

Kennedy Gondwe: The MP who was excommunicated over HIV

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:38:45 GMT

Princess Kasune is one of Zambia's most outspoken Aids activists and was recently elected to become its first publicly known HIV-positive MP.

Piers Edwards: African footballers battle abuse and poor pay

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:38:48 GMT

A major survey into global football shows that African footballers are often subjected to abuse, poor pay and job insecurity.

Shingai Nyoka: The Zimbabweans who've never had a shower

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 00:18:35 GMT

Taps seize to flow as water shortage hits Zimbabwe's capital, Harare.

'Extravagant grannies...'

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 01:19:01 GMT

This year's Lagos Photo Festival in Nigeria brings together well-known photographers and their take on identity in Africa.

Concrete canvas

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:31:45 GMT

After nearly three years of war, South Sudanese artists want to get the country thinking and talking about peace, and have landed on a novel way to do it.

Octopus hunters of Zanzibar

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:18:17 GMT

The white beaches of Zanzibar’s coast are home to the octopus hunters, in search of the delicacy.

Behind the hawker hustle

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:25:04 GMT

Photos of street vendors from across Africa who it is thought account for more than half of the continent's work force.

Spectacular Botswana

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 07:15:28 GMT

Spectacular landscape and wildlife provide some stunning images from Botswana.

Vaccine sprint

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:47:21 GMT

Africa's worst yellow fever outbreak in 30 years prompts a race to protect millions of people from the disease, complicated by a shortage of vaccines.

Portraits from India

Sun, 21 Aug 2016 23:46:04 GMT

Photographer Mahesh Shantaram documents the lives of Africans living in India.

Elizabeth Ohene: Ghana's election parables

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 06:31:16 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Ghanaian writer Elizabeth Ohene explains the hidden meanings of parables during election season.

Sola Odunfa: Why Nigeria needs history lessons

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 00:49:53 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Sola Odunfa looks at why it is a good idea for Nigeria to reintroduce history as a school subject.

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: What next for Chibok girls?

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 00:06:37 GMT

#BringBackOurGirls was a global campaign to free girls and women who had been kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Now some are free, Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani looks at what lies ahead for them.

Elizabeth Ohene: Women belong everywhere

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:03:18 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Ghanaian writer Elizabeth Ohene reflects on Muhammadu Buhari's recent comments about his wife and offers her view of what Nigeria's president got wrong.

Joseph Warungu: Exam sharks

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 23:58:14 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Joseph Warungu, a former high-school teacher, examines the measures the Kenyan government has put in place to tackle cheating in national exams.

Farai Sevenzo: Salute or slur?

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:46:07 GMT

Columnist Farai Sevenzo considers why the authorities in Zimbabwe are making efforts to protect the country's flag - and from what it needs protecting.

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: Hairy subject

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 23:57:32 GMT

Nigerian novelist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani questions whether a South African school's hair rules really were racist or if something else was at play.

Palace in ruins

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 01:05:15 GMT

The palace of a Ugandan king and he has been charged with murder - why?

Post it

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:40:29 GMT

What role do postcards and letters play in this digital age? Some businesses think there is a gap in the market.

Africa's top shots: 25 November-1 December 2016

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:53:50 GMT

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

A Trump-like shock

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:45:54 GMT

The life story of Gambian property developer Adama Barrow, who has pulled off a Trumpian shock with his election win.

Survivor and granddaughter

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:40:23 GMT

Nelson Mandela's granddaughter speaks about how she has turned her life around and wishes her grandfather could see her now.

Bitter-sweet Brexit

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:09:07 GMT

If you like chocolate, Brexit and future trade negotiations should matter to you, writes BBC World News Komla Dumor Award winner Didi Akinyelure.

Easing the pain

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:24:09 GMT

Palliative care nurse Lucy Finch talks about how witnessing an agonising death led her to set up Malawi's first hospice.

Tongue untied

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:50:04 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Nigerian novelist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani recalls how she was banned from speaking her mother tongue.

Castro's Africa

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:07:22 GMT

Fidel Castro, who died on Friday, played a crucial role in shaping southern Africa, writes Richard Dowden.

Taking aim

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:43:36 GMT

Three female cartoonists from North Africa depict how the practice of male guardianship continues to affect women's lives in their countries.

Turning petrol into juice

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 00:32:00 GMT

The revelation that a South African pastor has been spraying insecticide on his church members in a healing ritual has shocked many but he is not the only self-styled pastor in Africa to resort to highly questionable practices.

Filling the void?

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:49:17 GMT

During a year of anti-government protests throughout Ethiopia, its global diaspora has been deeply involved.

Rescue mission

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:55:46 GMT

Tanzania's motorcycle taxis are often associated with deadly road accidents but one trainee doctor is adding a life-saving chapter to the bikers' story, writes Ross Velton.