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MacArthur ‘genius grant’ awarded to visionary Nigerian artist

A Nigerian artist now living in the United States has been named a 2017 MacArthur Foundation Fellow and the recipient of what are commonly called the MacArthur “genius grants.” Njideka Akunyili Crosby, 34, is a creator of large-scale works that incorporate mixed media, including paint, fabric and textiles, and photography….

Kenya: Nasa sends formal election withdrawal letter to IEBC

Kenya’s electoral commission says it has received official word from political opposition candidate Raila Odinga and the Nasa party confirming their intent to withdraw from the October 26 elections that followed the unprecedented overturning of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in August. The letter sent to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries…

WHO steps up the fight in Madagascar plague outbreak

The World Health Organization says it has sent nearly 1.2 million doses of antibiotics to Madagascar in the fight against plague. The medicines were delivered last week, with the expectation that another 244,000 doses will be added in coming days as health officials battle the ongoing seasonal outbreak on the…

New protests in tense Kenya as country moves toward elections

In Kenya, street protests ahead of the new presidential elections on October 26 turned violent Friday in Kisumu, one of many locations where authorities have used tear gas while dispersing crowds. Supporters of candidate Raila Odinga and the Nasa political opposition party, protesting to demand reforms from the country’s Independent…

ECOWAS work in The Gambia noted, but Nobel Peace Prize goes to ICAN

The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the decision-making Norwegian Nobel Committee said Friday. The ICAN was chosen from a field of 318 nominations, the second-highest number of individuals and organizations under consideration ever. Reportedly among them was the Economic Community…

Libya’s Sarraj meets with UK ambassador over Johnson diplomatic row

Fayez Al-Sarraj, head of the Presidency Council for Libya’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), met with the British ambassador on Thursday amid a diplomatic row over UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson’s remarks about Libya. Sarraj asked Ambassador Peter Millett to clarify the “unacceptable and surprising” comments, the GNA…