Nigeria election 2019: Voting postponed for a week

Nigeria election 2019: Voting postponed for a week

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Election officials said logistical issues made going ahead with the vote “no longer feasible” Nigeria’s presidential and parliamentary elections have been delayed for a week. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) made the announcement just five hours before the polls were due to open on Saturday. “Proceeding with the election […]

Eskom crisis: Why the lights keep going out in South Africa

Eskom crisis: Why the lights keep going out in South Africa

Image copyright AFP Image caption Supporters of the governing ANC party protest against the power cuts in Soweto township South African homes, offices and businesses have endured a week of daily power cuts, designed to prevent a total collapse of the overstretched electricity grid. The use of scheduled blackouts, or load shedding, is not new […]

Dozens of bodies found in north-west Nigeria

Dozens of bodies found in north-west Nigeria

Officials in north-west Nigeria have reported the discovery of the bodies of 66 people, 22 of them children and 12 women, killed by “criminal elements”. The victims were found in eight villages in the Kujuru area of Kaduna state, the state government said. Security forces have made arrests, state governor Nasir El-Rufai said. He called […]

Caster Semenya: South African government calls on world to fight against IAAF rule

Caster Semenya: South African government calls on world to fight against IAAF rule

Caster Semenya won the 800m title at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games Caster Semenya has been “targeted”, says South Africa’s sports minister, who called a proposed IAAF rule a human rights violation. Olympic 800m champion Semenya, 28, is challenging athletics’ governing body over its bid to restrict the levels of testosterone in female runners. […]

South Africa warrant for businessman Ajay Gupta cancelled

South Africa warrant for businessman Ajay Gupta cancelled

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ajay Gupta (L) – pictured here with his brother Atul and Duduzane Zuma – has denied any wrongdoing South African authorities have said that controversial businessman Ajay Gupta is no longer wanted by police. An arrest warrant for Mr Gupta, issued in February 2018 for corruption charges, was cancelled […]

Five things about Nigeria: The superpower with no power

Five things about Nigeria: The superpower with no power

Image copyright AFP More than 84 million Nigerians are geared up to vote on 16 February, but what do you know about Africa’s most-populous nation and largest economy? 1) Afrobeats – one of its greatest exports Nigerian musicians are touring the world and picking up awards at the forefront of the global craze for Afrobeats. […]

Africa’s week in pictures: 8-14 February 2019

Africa’s week in pictures: 8-14 February 2019

A selection of photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere this week: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption On Sunday in Los Angeles, the Soweto Gospel Choir pose for photographers after winning their third Grammy award. Image copyright AFP Image caption Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara performs at the event on the same day, with […]

Kenya police: Nahashon Mutua jailed as baby Pendo killers convicted

Kenya police: Nahashon Mutua jailed as baby Pendo killers convicted

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Nahashon Mutua had previously tried to pin the death on an inmate Kenya’s High Court has sentenced a senior policeman to death for the murder of a detainee – one of two cases resulting in rare officer convictions. In a separate case, five senior police officers were found responsible for […]

Nigeria election 2019: Do the promises stack up?

Nigeria election 2019: Do the promises stack up?

Image copyright AFP Nigerians have been bombarded with pledges, slogans and social media messages for months ahead of Saturday’s presidential election. A vote for incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari will take Nigeria to the “next level”, promises his All Progressives Congress (APC) party. Opting for his main rival, Atiku Abubakar, a former vice-president, will bring “power […]

Kashmir attack: Bomb kills 40 Indian paramilitary police in convoy

Kashmir attack: Bomb kills 40 Indian paramilitary police in convoy

Media captionThe blast took place on a heavily guarded highway At least 40 Indian paramilitary police have been killed in a bomb attack by militants on their convoy in Indian-administered Kashmir. Police told the BBC that a car filled with explosives had rammed a bus carrying the troops to Srinagar. Pakistan-based Islamist group Jaish-e Mohammad […]