Nigeria confirms first COVID19 case in Lagos

Nigeria has confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus, according to a statement from the Federal Health Ministry issued early Friday morning. The patient was identified in Lagos State, a coastal area along the Gulf of Guinea, said health minister Osagie Ehanire. It is home to the city of…

Bachelet turns to Africa in report to UN Human Rights Council

As the United Nations Human Rights Council holds its annual meeting in Geneva, High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet of OHCHR, the UN human rights agency, provided an overview on Thursday of concerns in various African nations beginning with the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bachelet, a former president of Chile who was…

WHO holds off on PHEIC designation as global virus concern spreads

As China’s coronavirus spreads across the nation and into other countries, The World Health Organization said Thursday it has again postponed a decision on a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) while awaiting additional information. The PHEIC is a designation for an “extraordinary event” with the potential for international…

Africa’s conflict, humanitarian crisis outlooks for 2020

The Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria are among the world’s top five countries facing humanitarian crisis in 2020, with Burkina Faso, Burundi and Chad added to the list compiled each year by the International Rescue Committee (IRC). The NGO said Yemen remains the greatest concern, followed by DR Congo…

African leaders congratulate Johnson, watch for Brexit move

With Boris Johnson returning as British prime minister, African leaders were quick to congratulate Johnson and his Conservative Party on a decisive win that all but ensures a timely departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union. Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari wished Johnson well with the hope of forging “a…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Kenyatta talks investment in Saudi Arabia

President Uhuru Kenyatta, speaking at the Future Investment Initiative in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, said it was time for Middle Eastern nations to renew the historic investment interest in African economies, one that dated back to the ancient days of maritime trade depending on dhows and monsoon winds. “Here we…

African heads front and center for ‘Davos in the Desert’

Four African presidents will lead the discussion Wednesday on “what’s next for Africa” as global government and corporate leaders in Riyadh meet this week at Saudi Arabia’s Future Investment Initiative, often known as “Davos in the Desert.” The four – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, Niger’s Mahamadou Issoufou and…

UberBOAT pilot program sets sail in Lagos

Global rideshare company Uber is testing out its boat-commute service in the Nigerian city of Lagos for the next two weeks, expanding a concept the company’s tried in Mumbai, Istanbul and elsewhere. The UberBOAT will run on weekdays from Ikorodu Ferry Terminal to the LASWA Boat Jetty near the Falomo…