Morocco files long-awaited AU membership request

Morocco files long-awaited AU membership request

Morocco has submitted an official request to join the African Union (AU), more than four decades after leaving the AU over the disputed Western Sahara territory and ongoing clashes over its sovereignty. Moroccan foreign affairs adviser Taieb Fassi Fihri, meeting Thursday with AU Commission Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, told…

Israel and Africa in 2016: where to next?

President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta visited Israel in recent days amidst much talk of deepening engagement between Israel and wider Africa. The demonstrates the potential for a strong future between the two nations that already shares a storied past. As with Kenya, Israel’s relationship with a number of African nations is traced back…

Magufuli: what next?

John Pombe Magufuli earned a doctorate in Chemistry from the University of Dar es Salaam in 2009 and five years later became president of Tanzania. He has since impressed many, including his former critics with his hands on leadership style in the East African nation. “I will fight corruption without fear or favor; I will…

Diana Taremwa Karakire

Diana Taremwa Karakire is a freelance journalist based in Uganda.

Nigeria currency crisis: Naira in a free fall for all

It is no longer news that Nigeria is the biggest market in Africa. Over the past few years, the economy grew at a pace that defied many economic indices to walk the ladder as the number one economy in Africa. However, in recent months, the chicken has come to roast….

Erukilede Julius

Erukilede Julius is a legal practitioner, entrepreneur and energy professional.

Innovation in Africa: what next?

Africa is heading into an age in which it could potentially “leapfrog into the digital revolution” setting up the continent for major future success and prosperity. The fact that the continent now has access to new and exciting technologies could enable young visionaries to spring into a time of digital…

Stability: what South Africa really needs in 2016

The recent release of Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2015 showed that has South Africa moved up the rankings by five places from 67th to 61st place. While this signifies a decrease in the perceived corruption within the country, the situation in the country still remains far…

Nigerian Air Force: Drone bombs Boko Haram base

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigerian Air Force says a drone bombed a Boko Haram logistics base in the northeast, possibly hitting an ammunition depot and dealing a “major setback” to the Islamic extremists. A statement from Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa said the first attack by an unmanned combat aerial…

Outside of Africa

Africa’s Refugees in Europe face major eviction from refugee settlement camp the Jungle of Calais, France. “If I think about it, I will lose my mind” Khaled (real name withheld for security reasons) says, standing at the top of a sand hill, looking over the sea of blue, black, white…

Luisa Miranda Morel

Luisa is a postgraduate student from the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London.

Uganda: HRW “Keep the People Uninformed”

  Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report on January 10 criticizing the Ugandan government and accusing them of repressing freedom of speech and association in the lead up to the presidential and parliamentary elections. Elections are due to be held on February 18 and journalists are being targeted for…