Booker Prize nominee Mengiste on ‘painful’ first draft

by bbcafrica Ethiopian-American author Maaza Mengiste has told the BBC of the lengths she went to while writing her Booker Prize-nominated novel The Shadow King - including learning Italian,...

DRC: Curbing the Rise of Kidnapping in Kinshasa

By Jerry Fisayo-Bambi Night police roadblocks have reappeared in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC, to track down taxis accused of kidnapping, assaulting...

Facebook to open Lagos office next year

Mayeni Jones BBC News, Lagos US social media giant Facebook has announced it will be opening an office in Lagos, Nigeria, next year. It will be...

Coronavirus in South Africa: Relief, pride and the ‘new normal’

by bbcafrica South Africa, which had one of the world's earliest and strictest lockdowns, is marking a significant shift in its fight against...

Central African Republic: Ex-officer arrested for war crimes

by bbcafrica Police in France have arrested a former presidential guard from the Central African Republic (CAR) for alleged war crimes and crimes...

Ethiopia charges opposition figures with terrorism

by bbcafrica Prominent opposition figures are among 24 people charged with terrorism in Ethiopia. The charges were laid in connection...

Janusz Walus: Why far-right Polish football fans idolise a murderer in South Africa

By Dickens Olewe BBC News Huge banners bearing the portrait of Janusz Walus can often be seen draped around football stadiums in Poland calling for the freedom of a...

Uganda Makerere University fire: ‘Ivory Tower’ gutted

by bbcafrica A fire has gutted an iconic building at Uganda's Makerere University, which is a prominent landmark in the capital.

Egypt tomb: Sarcophagi buried for 2,500 years unearthed in Saqqara

by bbcafrica A total of 27 sarcophagi buried more than 2,500 years ago have been unearthed by archaeologists in an ancient Egyptian...

Coronavirus: WHO sets rules for testing African herbal remedies

by bbcafrica The World Health Organization (WHO) has agreed rules for the testing of African herbal remedies to fight Covid-19.

Ivorian opposition call for protests against Ouattara

BBC World Service Ivory Coast's main presidential election challenger has called for a civil disobedience campaign to stop President Alassane Ouattara's bid for a third term in office in...

Sudan to hold talks on removal from US terror list

Will Ross Africa editor, BBC World Service Sudan has sent a high level delegation to the United Arab Emirates to negotiate with American officials as the country tries to...

Nigeria’s Emir of Zazzau dies aged 84

by bbcafrica The Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris, one of Nigeria's traditional leaders, has died in the state of Kaduna.

Covid-19: Ghana lifts ban on football league

Thomas Naadi BBC News, Accra Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo has lifted a ban on contact sport including football. The Ghana Premier League and the Division One...