Benin a bright spot in new World Happiness Report

Benin a bright spot in new World Happiness Report

African nations facing critical challenges rarely rank well in the annual World Happiness Report, but there are variations – including a drop in happiness measures across the Middle East and North Africa, and West Africa as home to the most-improved country. The annual report released Wednesday evaluates happiness on the…

ECOWAS keeps eye on Guinea Bissau, Togo political crises

ECOWAS, the Economic Community of West African States, says it supports the decision to hold delayed parliamentary elections in Guinea Bissau but insists that President José Mário Vaz keep his fragile government as-is until the March 10 voting is complete. The country postponed elections in November and December, citing technical…

Togo’s opposition defies ban, vows to protest ahead of elections

Opposition leaders in Togo on Sunday confirmed their opposition to the planned December 20 legislative elections, and their resolve to continue protests after at least two people died in clashes on Saturday. Jean-Pierre Fabre and the Coalition of 14 (C14) political opposition accused the government of President Faure Gnassingbé of…

Here come the harmattan winds of West Africa

They’re starting to feel the dry, dusty Saharan winds known as harmattan in West Africa, where Nigerians and neighboring Togolese say the season is in the air. The annual weather pattern is common from December to March, with blowing desert dust across Ghana or Côte d’Ivoire to the south, or…

Togo’s Gnassingbé, Tony Blair talk economic development

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was in Togo on Wednesday, meeting with President Faure Gnassingbé as part of a long-term consulting project to boost economic development in the small West African nation. Blair has been doing consulting work with African countries for the past decade, and launched the Tony…

U.S. diplomat for Africa begins 4-nation tour

United States diplomat Tibor Nagy is visiting Africa this week, with stops planned for Togo, Guinea, Mali and Nigeria. Nagy, the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs, made stops in Europe before heading to  Lomé for meetings with government officials and a conference of U.S. diplomats. He is…

Togo’s Gnassingbé talks energy at One Planet Summit

President Faure Gnassingbé of Togo was the only African leader to participate Wednesday on a high-level panel during One Planet Summit, held on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Gnassingbé and philanthropist Bill Gates, along with President Hilda Heine of the Marshall Islands, participated in a…

Pantelena crew in Togo after tanker hijacking

Russia’s TASS news agency reported Tuesday that the sailors aboard the oil tanker Pantelena are in good health, and still in Togo at the port of Lomé as Russian diplomats in Gabon arrange to meet with them. “The sailors remain onboard the vessel, Togo’s authorities are dealing with them now,”…

Togo opposition plans fresh round of Gnassingbé protests

Political opposition leaders in Togo plan to re-energize a campaign to end the long tenure of President Faure Gnassingbé, with six organizational rallies planned in Lomé neighborhoods this weekend and new street protests to begin next week. Leaders of the Coalition of 14, which formed last year in response to…