FILE - Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings (L), then first lady of the Republic of Ghana and her husband, then president of Ghana Jerry John Rawlings, are seen during a visit to Denver, Colorado, in an April 24, 1999, photo.

    Ghana Party Picks Former First Lady as Presidential Candidate

    Opposition National Democratic Party’s Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings to challenge incumbent President John Dramani Mahama in November poll 

    Lower Shabelle, Shabelle and Bay regions of Somalia

    22 Somali Soldiers Killed in Al-Shabab Attack

    Militants claimed that they had killed more than 32 soldiers including a senior military officer in town of Runirgood, a day after the town had fallen to government forces 

    A former circus lion is released into an enclosure as Tim Phillips, ADI Campaigns Director, right, watches at Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary, in Vaalwater, northern South Africa, May 1, 2016.

    33 Rescued Lions Arrive in South Africa in Airlift

    Nine were surrendered by circus in Colombia, remaining 24 were rescued in raids on circuses in Peru by animal defense group and officials enforcing crackdown on wildlife trafficking 

    Robert van Rensburg (not his real name) in a bar in Johannesburg, just before driving under the influence of alcohol. (D. Taylor/VOA)

    Drunken Drivers Needn't Worry in South Africa

    Thousands are arrested yearly for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, but because of bribes and the backlog in investigations, few are convicted 

    FILE - New Patriotic Party presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo, shown protesting in Accra after the 2012 election of John Dramani Mahama, is "campaigning hard" to defeat him in the next election, NPP acting chairman Freddie Blay says.

    Acting Leader Insists Ghanaian Opposition Party Is United

    Backers of the New Patriotic Party, however, say infighting may have eroded its chances of unseating President John Dramani Mahama 

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    Ivory Coast Pays Final Tribute to Congolese Music Legend Papa Wembai
    Emilie Iob
    April 28, 2016 5:07 PM
    The body of African music legend, Papa Wemba, is being flown to the Democratic Republic of Congo from Ivory Coast Thursday for burial. International and local artists in Abidjan paid a final tribute to the musician known as the King of Rumba Rock with an overnight concert.

    Video Ivory Coast Pays Final Tribute to Congolese Music Legend Papa Wemba

    The body of African music legend, Papa Wemba, is being flown to the Democratic Republic of Congo from Ivory Coast Thursday for burial. International and local artists in Abidjan paid a final tribute to the musician known as the King of Rumba Rock with an overnight concert.

    Video Somali, African Union Forces Face Resurgent Al-Shabab

    The Islamic State terror group claimed its first attack in Somalia earlier this week, though the claim has not been verified by forces on the ground. Meanwhile, al-Shabab militants have stepped up their attacks as Somalia prepares for elections later this year. Henry Ridgwell reports there are growing frustrations among Somalia’s Western backers over the country’s slow progress in forming its own armed forces to establish security after 25 years of chaos.

    Video Nigerians Feel Bite of Buhari Economic Policy

    Despite the global drop in the price of oil, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to allow the country's currency to devalue, leading to a shortage of foreign exchange. Chris Stein reports from Lagos businessmen and consumers are feeling the impact as the country deals with a severe fuel shortage.

    Video Report: Press Freedom Declines to Lowest Point In 12 Years

    A new report says freedom of the press declined worldwide last year to its lowest point in more than a decade. Washington-based Freedom House, which advocates freedom and democracy, says in a report issued Wednesday that only one person in seven lives in countries where journalists' safety is guaranteed and news media are not subject to state intrusion and pressures. Zlatica Hoke reports.

    Video Burundian Protesters Call for Strong UN Presence

    Members of the Burundian diaspora and exiled civil society leaders demonstrated outside the United Nations Tuesday, urging the international community to quickly send a large U.N. police force to help protect civilians as their country enters a second year of post-election violence. From the United Nations, VOA’s Margaret Besheer has more.

    Video Drought Hits Southern Malawi Hard

    Nearly three million people in Malawi are facing food shortages as drought grips southern Africa. The government has declared a national disaster. Southern Malawi has been hit particularly hard. Lameck Masina reports for VOA from Blantyre where people are already feeling the impact.

    Video Researchers: Bees Help Kenyan Farmers Fend Off Elephants

    Elephant crop-raiding continues to be a major source of human-wildlife conflict in Kenya, so one elephant researcher is helping to alleviate the problem near Tsavo East National Park with beehive fences, which use elephants’ natural aversion to bees to deter them from farms. VOA’s Jill Craig visited the area ahead of this month's Giants Club Summit, which will bring together dignitaries at Mount Kenya to find solutions to combat poaching, the No. 1 threat to elephants.

    Video Ivory Coast Architecture School Promotes Local Design Heritage

    In Ivory Coast, the National Order of Architects has opened the country’s first professional architecture school, meaning students no longer have to go abroad to learn the trade.  In addition to design and theory, professors want Ivory Coast’s next generation of architects to have an understanding of their country’s specific building needs and heritage. Emilie IOB reports for VOA from Abidjan.

    Video Kenyan Musical Brings African Folklore to Life

    A popular Kenyan cartoon series, Tinga Tinga Tales, has been adapted into a live musical performance. In the stage version, the actors dress up as animals and other characters to teach children African folk tales. Lenny Ruvaga reports for VOA from Nairobi.

    Video Famine Threatens Parts of Sub-Saharan Africa

    Many parts of Asia, Africa and the Americas are scorching in heat caused by a cyclical phenomenon known as El Niño. The unusually warm waters that come up to the surface in the Pacific Ocean every three to six years cause extreme weather conditions. Zlatica Hoke reports the resulting drought is especially hard on the poorest people of sub-Saharan Africa.

    Video South Sudan Tribes Pursue Peace Through Sport

    South Sudan is holding a “wrestling for peace” tournament, bringing together athletes from around the country. The last big tournament was canceled when civil war broke out in December 2013.  Jason Patinkin reports from Juba.

    Video Yemenis Escaping Conflict Flee to Somaliland

    In an unusual development, people from war-torn Yemen are fleeing to a region where citizens have been scattered the world over by decades of conflict. In the past year, nearly half of the 176,000 people who have fled Yemen’s conflict have gone to the Horn of Africa, according to the U.N. refugee agency. Many are Africans returning to their countries of origin but about 26,000 are Yemenis with nowhere else to turn. Jill Craig reports from Hargeisa in Somaliland.

    Video Families Suffer Two Years After Mass Kidnapping of Nigerian Schoolgirls

    On April 14, 2014, Boko Haram militants abducted 219 schoolgirls from their dormitory in the town of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria. The girls appeared in a militant propaganda video a month later, but have not been seen since. Now as we mark two years since the girls' abduction, the parents say their lives have been upended. Chris Stein has this report for VOA from Mbalala, Nigeria.

    Video Somali Refugee Gains Support of Country's PM in Campaign Against FGM

    A Somali refugee who fled her nation's civil war at age 17 is due to return to advise the government on ending the practice of female genital mutilation, or FGM – a cultural or religious practice carried out in large parts of Africa and the Middle East. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell spoke to Ifrah Ahmed ahead of her trip and reports from London.

    Video Ivory Coast’s All-Female Band Breaks Social Barriers

    For nine young female musicians in Ivory Coast, breaking into the male-dominated music industry wasn’t easy. But their group, Bella Mondo, is now a household name in Abidjan and is booking shows abroad. Emilie Iob has more for VOA from Abidjan.

    Video New Abidjan Car Services Inspired by Uber

    Uber, the U.S.-based online transportation network company, operates a mobile app that allows consumers with smartphones to book cab service from Uber drivers who use their own cars. As the company makes inroads in Africa, entrepreneurs in the West African nation of Ivory Coast are trying to stay one step ahead. Emilie Iob reports from the Ivorian commercial capital, Abidjan, where at least four Uber-like car services have launched since last year.

    Video Amnesty: ‘Disturbing’ Rise in Executions Worldwide in 2015

    Amnesty International says there was a disturbing rise in the number of executions carried out worldwide in 2015. At least 1,634 people were executed last year – a rise of more than 50 percent in 2015 and the highest in 25 years. But the true figure is likely much higher, as Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.

    Video Panama Leak Sparks Global Investigations

    A leak of confidential documents revealing shady financial dealings by the rich and powerful, including close associates of the Chinese, Syrian and Russian presidents, celebrities like Barcelona's star footballer Lionel Messi, Russian cellist Sergei Roldugin and many others, has sparked a global outcry. The scandal has prompted many countries to launch investigations into possible offshore money laundering by their own politicians, celebrities and companies. Zlatica Hoke has more.

    Video Kenyans Remember Victims of al-Shabab Attack on University

    Kenya on Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the terror attack on Garissa University that killed 148 people, most of them students. Militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was payback for Kenya's military actions in Somalia. VOA's Mohammed Yusuf reports.

    Video Ugandan Filmmaker Churns Out Low-Budget Action Hits

    You probably know Hollywood and you may have heard of Africa’s biggest movie producer, Nollywood, in Nigeria. Now we bring the story of Wakaliwood, a film studio in a slum outside Kampala, where a Ugandan filmmaker dubbed “Africa’s Quentin Tarantino” has been churning out action-packed hits that are getting an international audience online. Serginho Roosblad reports for VOA from the set of the current production.

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    Mariama Diallo
    April 26, 2016 8:34 PM
    VOA's Mariama Diallo brings you a recap of today's headlines in Africa.

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