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Tough sell: Marketing Uganda to gay travellers

Uganda is probably the last place a gay holidaymaker would want to visit, but tourism bosses in the east African nation are nevertheless trying to achieve the seemingly impossible. Earlier this year the country drew international condemnation after passing anti-homosexuality legislation – since struck down – that could have seen gays jailed for life. Uganda’s tourism representatives and […]

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Travelling with the extra baggage of Ebola stigma

Upon landing at Kigali International Airport last month, I peered out the window and my eyes caught sight of an official clad in protective gear standing just under a sign that read ‘Arrivals: Ebola testing’. If I had ever been removed from what has been going on in my beloved Sierra Leone, it ended in […]

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Rwanda court’s forgotten men pose challenge to international justice

Justin Mugenzi was legally cleared of any role in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide. But an oversight in the international justice system means he remains a virtual prisoner in a United Nations safe house in the eastern African state of Tanzania. “My wife and eight children are all Belgian citizens now,” the 75-year-old former trade minister told […]

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Trouble in paradise for Botswana’s democratic credentials

When the news media turns a penetrating gaze on Africa, Botswana rarely makes headlines. The southern African nation is best known for diamonds, heart-stopping natural beauty and inoffensive politics. It ranks second behind Mauritius in the latest Ibrahim Index of African Governance. But there is trouble in paradise. So far this month an editor has […]

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Sierra Leone quarantines more than 1-million people

Sierra Leone has ordered the quarantine “with immediate effect” of three districts and 12 tribal chiefdoms – affecting more than one million people – in the largest lockdown in west Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak. President Ernest Bai Koroma, in a national televised address late on Wednesday, announced that the northern districts of Port Loko and […]

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Lessons from the Kenyan classroom

On a recent Thursday at around midday, I saw a group of kids, not more than 15, who by their size appeared to be in nursery school. The little boys and girls in pink checked shirts and grey pair of shorts were clustered in front of televisions on display. They were pointing at a monkey swinging on […]

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Survivor of Nigeria church collapse tells of days of darkness

Lying in the rubble of the guesthouse, only able to tell if it was night or day through a tiny crack, Lindiwe Ndwandwe heard the screams of others beneath the debris slowly turn silent. For five days the 33-year-old was trapped inside a toilet next to the dining hall of the collapsed Synagogue Church of […]

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Idris Elba to release Mandela-inspired album

Idris Elba to release Mandela-inspired album

From the looks of things, it seems that Idris Elba has taken his passion and admiration for Nelson Mandela very seriously. Moving beyond his recent role in the Justin Chadwick biopic, Elba was so inspired by the research he did as part of the preparation for his role in Long Walk to Freedom that he […]

Channel O Africa announces Music Video Awards nominees

Channel O Africa announces Music Video Awards nominees

Nominees for the 2014 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards were announced in Johannesburg last Thursday. Dominating the nominations this year are South African rappers Cassper Nyovest and K.O, as well as Nigeria’s Davido with five nominations each. Nyovest is nominated for most gifted male video, most gifted newcomer video, most gifted hip-hop video, most gifted southern video as […]

Swaziland: Royal family's trail of destruction

Swaziland residents share their stories of being kicked off their family's land by members of the royal family and politically-connected individuals.

Ebola: How concerned should we be?

We take a look at developments of the deadly virus as it continues to spread in West Africa. How did it start and how are countries dealing with it?