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Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh's poll rejection condemned

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:25:03 GMT

Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh is criticised internationally for his rejection of poll results.

Ghana election: Opposition leader Akufo-Addo declared winner

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 23:01:05 GMT

Ghana's opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo wins Wednesday's presidential election.

Ivory Coast's three-word address system

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:33:50 GMT

A new three-word postal system is introduced in Ivory Coast, allowing the whole country to receive mail.

Madagali: Dozens killed in Nigeria suicide attack

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 23:20:06 GMT

At least 45 people are killed in a suicide attack in the north-eastern Nigerian town of Madagali.

African Union leadership: Candidates hold debate

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:02:09 GMT

Five candidates for top AU leadership job battle it out in a historic public debate.

Gambia's president 'annuls' election he lost

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:41:01 GMT

Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh has rejected the result of the presidential election held earlier this month, a week after admitting defeat.

Cameroon's 'protected' Penja pepper

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:28:14 GMT

Cameroon's "protected" Penja pepper has helped to transform the region, economically.

Kenya pins its prosperity hopes on oil

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:10:58 GMT

As Kenya prepares to export oil, the promise of petrodollars has generated high expectations.

Cameroon protests: 'People have been gassed, shot and flogged'

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:07:43 GMT

A resident in Bamenda describes ongoing clashes after weeks of protests against the use of French in courts and schools in English-speaking parts of Cameroon.

Giraffes added to vulnerable list

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:04:19 GMT

Giraffes have been classified as vulnerable to extinction. Chester Zoo says humans are to blame.

100 Women 2016: Gcina Mhlope, South Africa's multilingual storyteller

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:14:42 GMT

Gcina Mhlope is a traditional storyteller who narrates her tales in four South African languages.

African women's champions Nigeria in fight for 'welfare'

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:49:22 GMT

Nigeria's women's team say they are fighting for the rights as they continue to refuse to leave an Abjua hotel in protest over outstanding payments.

Ugandan players dismissed by Police Football Club for match-fixing

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:12:42 GMT

Former Uganda defender Godfrey Kateregga and Saddat Kyambadde are sacked by Police Football Club for match-fixing.

Patience Atuhaire: Why a palace lies in ruins

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 01:05:15 GMT

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

Martin Patience: 'We survived Boko Haram 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.

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.

'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.

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: Why I wanted to learn Igbo

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.

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.

Sex toys and erotica

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 02:54:57 GMT

It used to be a cultural taboo for a woman to ask for sexual gratification in Nigeria, but there's a mini-revolution going on the in bedroom, writes the BBC's Bola Mosuro.

Africa's top shots: 2 December-8 December 2016

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:25:10 GMT

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

Abandoned by the army

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 07:13:20 GMT

President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia surprised the world earlier this month when he lost elections - the BBC's Umaru Fofana looks at the reasons behind his defeat.

'Limping giant'

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:43:51 GMT

In our series of letters from African journalists, Mannir Dan Ali considers why the Nigerian president is finding it hard to please anyone.

Smoke and mirrors

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:41:00 GMT

Research has cast doubt on a UN-backed project to reduce pollution-induced illness in the world's poorest children by providing 100 million homes with a smoke-free stove.

Snatched and inducted

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 03:23:11 GMT

Abducted as a child by Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group, Dominic Ongwen became one of its most ruthless commanders, so should he face trial at the ICC?

Ten-year visa scam

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:59:03 GMT

An organised crime ring was giving out real US visas in Ghana's capital Accra for a decade - how did they get away with it for so long?

Australian dream

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 03:12:54 GMT

Could the former Sudanese child soldier and refugee Deng Adut be crowned Australian of the year?

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.