Author Archives: Afronline - The Voice Of Africa

African Leaders Sign Deal for DRC

African leaders signed a UN-mediated deal on Sunday aimed at ending two decades of conflict in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo and paving the way for the deployment of a new military …

Extreme Makeover: The Patri$e Mot$epe Edition

Perhaps it is unfair to be skeptical of the announcement a few weeks ago by South Africa’s first black dollar billionaire, Patrice Motsepe, that he will donate half of the value of his family’s assets …

Kenyan Media Magnifies Hate Speech – Again

With Kenyans set to go to the polls in just over two weeks, on Mar. 4, civil society has been closely monitoring the media’s coverage of the political campaigns in this East African nation – …

African Cup of Nations: “Only Seydou Keita is worth anything”

The Western-most tip of Africa seemed like as good a place as any to watch the Mali vs. South Africa quarter-final in the African Cup of Nations. On Saturday, I was at the Pointe des …

Northern Mali Faces Food and Currency Shortages

Communities in northern Mali are in need of humanitarian intervention following the recent military operations in Gao and Timbuktu, leading non-governmental organisations to call for deliveries of food aid, fuel and even currency notes. “Since …

Shell Case Shows Failure of Nigerian Judiciary

The decision by The Hague over Shell’s liability for polluting in the Niger Delta shows that justice is possible – but it is extremely hard to achieve if you are taking on a massive multinational, …

Study assesses use of plants in antimalarial therapies

Traditional healers in Benin possess sophisticated knowledge regarding the treatment of malaria with medicinal plants, and strategies should be developed to exploit this and promote the plants‘ conservation, says a study. Researchers at the University …

Mali: French and Malian Soldiers Greeted With Joy By People of Timbuktu

RFI’ s correspondent described on Tuesday how the people of Timbuktu greeted French-led troops with delight as they entered the city. The Islamists who had controlled the town disappeared offering little resistance. “The atmosphere is …

Mali, France, and chickens

It appears the French had one of their wars going on thereabouts.’ — Charlie Marlow from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. The vision that Conrad’s character Marlow describes is of a French frigate firing broadsides …