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Child Online Africa calls for resilient education system for Africans

Child Online Africa, a pan-African NGO based in Ghana is calling for relevant educational system for Africans especially children. In a statement to celebrate Africa Day, the group said it recognizes “the extraordinary potential and rich diversity of the children and young people of our continent.” The organisation said the theme for this year, “Educate an African Fit for the… Read More
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The Malian professor jailed for criticizing military junta

Malian professor, Étienne Fakaba Sissoko had written a book but little did he know that act would send him to jail. The economist professor was jailed for two years for his criticism the current military junta. The 41-year-old academic, has been in custody since March this year, charged with defamation and damaging the state’s reputation by distributing fake news. The… Read More
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Gambia’s Fatou Baldeh to receive 2024 Women’s Rights Award

Gambian women’s rights activist Fatou Baldeh will be honored with the Geneva Summit Women’s Rights Award later this month. She has been campaigning to end female genital mutilation, a practice that she survived and now dedicates herself to ending. Baldeh will receive the prestigious prize on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at the annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy, a cross-regional… Read More
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Burkina Faso and Mali juntas back Niger coup leaders, issue war warning

Niger coup leaders are getting backing from colleague military juntas in Burkina Faso and Mali following a threat of force from the regional bloc ECOWAS if they don’t re-instate President Mohamed Bazoum. Burkina Faso and Mali who share border with Niger say any attempt to use force to have Bazoum restored will be seen as a declaration of war on… Read More
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Ghana criminalises witchcraft accusations and abuse of victims

For centuries most African countries including Ghana have struggled with the practice of witchcraft accusations. Often elderly women risk banishment, physical abuse and sometimes lynched once they are accused of being a witch. Ghana’s parliament last Friday passed a bill into law to protect such vulnerable people. The new law makes witchcraft accusation and the abuse of victims a crime.… Read More
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ECOWAS threatens force, sanctions against Niger coup leaders

ECOWAS leaders have threatened sanctions and the possible use of force against Niger’s coup leaders if they fail to reinstate ousted President Mohammed Bazoum. The West African leaders held an emergency meeting in Abuja, Nigeria on Sunday where they settled on punitive measures against Niger’s new military leaders. The coup leaders could face financial and travel sanctions and a no-fly zone… Read More
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ECOWAS leaders to hold emergency meeting over Niger coup

West African leaders will be holding an emergency summit on Sunday to discuss the coup that took place in Niger this week. “The ECOWAS Leaders will be considering and discussing the political situation and recent developments in Niger during the Extraordinary Summit,” a statement from the ECOWAS secretariat said. Nigerian President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who also chairs the Authority of… Read More
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French is no longer Mali’s official language

Mali has announced it has scrapped French as its official language, doing so more than six decades after it gained independence from France. A drafted constitution was voted for at a referendum last month. The constitutional court validated the 96.91% approval from voters as the final results. In the approved document was the proposal to remove French as official language.… Read More
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Niger’s President in detention amid reports of a coup attempt

The President of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum has been seized by his guards amidst fears of a coup attempt in the West African country. No gunshots have been heard. The African Union has condemned the development describing them as “unacceptable” and urged the soldiers involved to return to barracks immediately. The Chairperson of the African Union Commission @AUC_MoussaFaki condemns the coup… Read More
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Ghana’s parliament votes to abolish the death penalty

Ghana’s lawmakers have voted to abolish the death penalty and remove it from the country’s statute books. The parliamentarians on Tuesday approved for the death penalty to be replaced with life sentence as part of an amendment to the Criminal and Other Offences Act. The amendment bill, sponsored by one of the MPs was passed on Tuesday and now awaits… Read More