Kenyans urged to maintain social distancing as lockdown nears

Residents of settlements say there is no room for them to isolate as Kenya edges towards a lockdown to counter the spread of the coronavirus. Kenya is edging towards a lockdown as the number of coronavirus cases rises to 15. The government is suspending all international flights from Wednesday and has ordered pubs and restaurants to remain closed. Kenyans are […]

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How Nigeria’s kings lost their power

From emirs to kings, Nigeria’s traditional rulers are increasingly being humiliated by politicians – and mocked by young people who see them as representing an archaic institution. The latest example of this was the brutal dethronement of the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II. The state governor invoked his constitutional powers to depose the emir after accusing him of “insubordination”. […]

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Africa steps up fight against coronavirus

LAGOS (AFP) – African countries led by Nigeria and South Africa have ramped up action against the coronavirus after the continent recorded its first fatality. Nigeria said on Thursday (March 19) that it would shut schools and limit religious meetings in its economic hub Lagos and capital Abuja, while South Africa, the continent’s most industrialised economy, slashed a key interest […]

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Africa Braces for Coronavirus, but Slowly

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia posted videos on social media of themselves washing their hands. In Burkina Faso, the government has closed schools and universities and banned public gatherings, but has enforced the measure haphazardly, and did not apply it to religious meetings. The celebrity pastors, Mamadou and Hortense Karambiri, and their health […]

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Coronavirus: Morocco halts flights with 25 more countries

RABAT (REUTERS) – Morocco has suspended flights to and from another 25 countries over coronavirus fears, the foreign ministry said on Saturday (March 14), extending an earlier travel ban that covered China, Spain, Italy, France and Algeria. Other countries with which air travel is now suspended are Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chad, Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Jordan, Lebanon, Mali, […]

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Dozens killed in attacks on Burkina Faso villages

At least 43 dead, six wounded after gunmen raid villages in Yatenga Province near the border with Mali. Unidentified gunmen killed at least 43 people in raids on villages in northern Burkina Faso in one of the deadliest attacks of the past year in the West African nation.  The assailants targeted at least two villages in the northern region near […]

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Influential Nigerian traditional ruler dethroned

The emir of Kano is the second-most senior Islamic ruler in Africa’s most populous nation. The influential traditional ruler of northern Nigeria’s largest city of Kano was removed from his position on Monday after a long-running argument with the authorities. The emir of Kano is by tradition the second most senior Islamic ruler in Africa’s most populous nation, after the […]

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Sudan PM survives assassination attempt

Sudan’s prime minister has survived an assassination attempt after his convoy was attacked in the capital, Khartoum. “I would like to assure the people of Sudan that I am safe and in good shape,” Abdalla Hamdok has tweeted. Mr Hamdok was appointed to head Sudan’s transitional government last August, a few months after the overthrow of long-time President Omar al-Bashir. […]

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Where coronavirus prejudice spreads before the disease

In our series of letters from African writers, Kenyan journalist Waihiga Mwaura reflects on how the coronavirus has fuelled anti-Chinese prejudice in his country. Despite the concerns around the spread of the coronavirus, the greatest enemy is not the virus itself, but “fears, rumours and stigma”. Not my words, but those of the Ethiopian who is leading the global effort […]

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