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Nelson Mandela, the revered South African anti-apartheid icon who spent 27 years in prison, led his country to democracy and became its first black president, died Thursday at home. He was 95.

Nelson Mandela dead at 95

Nelson Mandela, the revered South African anti-apartheid icon who spent 27 years in prison, led his country to democracy and became its first black president, died Thursday at home. He was 95. “He is now resting,” said South African President [...]

December 5, 2013 Africa
Akinwumi Adesina Named Forbes African of the Year.

Nigeria’s Agric Minister, Akinwumi Adesina Named Forbes African of the Year.

Nigerian Agriculture Minister Akinwumi Adesina has been named Forbes African of the Year for his reforms to the country’s farming sector. “He is a man on a mission to help Africa feed itself,” said Forbes Africa editor Chris Bishop. Analysts [...]

December 4, 2013 Africa
11-year Old Nigerian Girl Makes 100 Most Influential Africans List

11-year Old Nigerian Girl Makes 100 Most Influential Africans List

In defining what passes for ‘influence’, New African has been careful to note that while there is indeed a wide array of qualities and proclivities that earmark people as ‘influential’, a person’s impact on the wide public, social and political [...]

December 1, 2013 Africa
Tickets Go on Sale for 2014 CHAN in South Africa

Tickets Go on Sale for 2014 CHAN in South Africa

Tickets for the third edition of the African Nations Championship have gone on sale in South Africa. The biennial event for locally-based players kicks off on 11 January, with organisers claiming it can become the “ultimate African tournament”. Fifteen teams [...]

November 30, 2013 Africa
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How Nigerians Are Being Discriminated in South African Prisons

The House of Representatives has come out to condemn the ill-treatment and discrimination against Nigerians living in South Africa, stressing that over 409 convicts were currently serving jail terms there. Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewam, the Chairman of the House Committee on [...]

November 29, 2013 Africa
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Millionaire who quit Microsoft to educate Africa’s future leaders

Having just quit a highly lucrative job with tech giant Microsoft in the United States, where he’d made millions working as a program manager, Patrick Awuah would wake up once in a while wondering if he’d done the right thing. [...]

November 29, 2013 Africa
Plotters of Nelson Mandela's murder sentenced

Plotters of Nelson Mandela’s murder sentenced

A South Africa court on Tuesday sentenced members of a white extremist group to jail terms ranging from five to 35 years for high treason, plotting to kill Nelson Mandela and other charges in one of the country’s biggest post-apartheid [...]

October 29, 2013 Africa
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War Against Indiscipline – What Jonathan Could Learn from Ethopia – Paul Lolo

When the Nigerian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Paul Lolo, was asked what similarities Nigerians share with Ethiopians, he said that they also love and welcome strangers and visitors like Nigerians do. But the real challenge President Goodluck Jonathan fellow Nigerians face, according [...]

October 24, 2013 Africa, Return to democracy
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Recent Data Indicates Nigeria to overtake SA as top economy

By Ethel Hazelhurst   South Africa is about to be seriously upstaged on the African continent. For several years economists have been waiting for a promised revision to Nigeria’s economic data that is expected to lift the economy to an [...]

October 21, 2013 Africa
Konga Launches Africa’s Largest e-Commerce Warehouse

Konga Launches Africa’s Largest e-Commerce Warehouse

Leading Nigerian online shopping mall Konga.com, today announced it has relocated to a 120,000 sq ft fulfillment centre which is the largest warehouse of any e-commerce firm in Africa, tromping Jumia Nigeria’s record warehouse launch in July by 30,000 sq ft. [...]

October 16, 2013 Africa
GSK To Start Marketing First Malaria Vaccine In 2014

GSK To Start Marketing First Malaria Vaccine In 2014

UK drug maker, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), has upped plans to kick-start the marketing of the first ever anti-malaria vaccine, saying it will file for approval with regulatory bodies next year. Malaria, a predominant parasite noticed mostly in Africa and helped the [...]

October 16, 2013 Africa
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Africa is Rising – Slowly and Unevenly

Standards of governance are gradually improving across Africa. And although the performance of some nations has deteriorated in fields such as the rule of law, economic opportunity and citizens’ participation in government, every country on the continent has seen at [...]

October 14, 2013 Africa
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Al-Shabab extremists confirm gunmen targeted non-Muslim foreigners – Nairobi mall attack

Al-Shabab, the armed Somali Islamic extremist group that attacked a shopping mall in Kenya, said Wednesday that foreigners were a “legitimate target” and confirmed witness accounts that gunmen tried to let Muslims go free while killing or taking the others [...]

September 26, 2013 Africa
Kenya stand-off Amateur footage emerges

Kenya stand-off: Amateur footage emerges

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta says the country is united and strong in adversity after a deadly attack on a Nairobi shopping centre on Saturday.     The Kenyan Red Cross says 68 people are now confirmed dead, after the bodies [...]

September 23, 2013 Africa
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Nelson Mandela Discharged From Hospital

Mr Mandela’s discharge this morning from Pretoria’s Mediclinic Heart Hospital comes a day after confusion in the Mandela family over whether the 95-year-old former president had in fact been sent home. Mr Mandela, whose condition is described as “critical” and [...]

September 1, 2013 Africa
istorius Seeks Settlement with Victim's Family

Pistorius Seeks Settlement with Victim’s Family

Talks are under way between lawyers for South African track star Oscar Pistorius and the family of his slain girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Steenkamp family attorney Petrus de Bruyn confirmed Tuesday that discussions had been taking place but he declined to [...]

August 20, 2013 Africa
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Oscar trial to have 107 witnesses

Pretoria – The State intends calling 107 witnesses to testify during the trial of paralympian Oscar Pistorius, according to an indictment served on the murder-accused in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday.   Among the witnesses were Pistorius’s sister Aimee, [...]

August 19, 2013 Africa
Mali election Ibrahim Boubacar Keita victory confirmed

Mali election: Ibrahim Boubacar Keita victory confirmed

Former Mali Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won Sunday’s presidential run-off by a landslide, official results have confirmed.   Mr Keita, Prime Minister from 1994-2000, stood for president in 2002 and 2007. This time he won 78% of the vote. [...]

August 15, 2013 Africa
Egypt police storm protests

Almost 280 dead after Egypt police storm protests

Security forces stormed the Cairo protest camps of ousted president Mohamed Morsi’s supporters in a long-anticipated assault Wednesday that officials said led to almost 280 deaths across Egypt   In response to the violence, the army-backed interim government imposed a [...]

August 15, 2013 Africa
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Critically ill Mandela ‘more alert’ every day: daughter

President Nelson Mandela managed to sit up, a sign of great improvement in his condition, his daughter Zindzi Mandela said on Friday.   “He’s fine, Tata (father) now manages to sit up, like now he sits up in a chair [...]

August 10, 2013 Africa
Jonathan to Mugabe - Allow Lawful Redress of Your Election

Jonathan to Mugabe – Allow Lawful Redress of Your Election

President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated President Robert Mugabe on his victory in last week’s presidential elections in Zimbabwe at the weekend.   Jonathan, in a statement yesterday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati asked Mugabe not [...]

August 8, 2013 Africa
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Zimbabwe’s Mugabe re-elected, rival Tsvangirai vows court challenge

Harare: Africa’s oldest leader Robert Mugabe was declared winner of Zimbabwe’s disputed election on Saturday, while his main rival Morgan Tsvangirai dismissed the result as a fraud and said he would challenge it in court and in regional forums. Mugabe, 89, [...]

August 4, 2013 Africa
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4,000 Flee New Fighting In Eastern Congo

4,000 Flee New Fighting In Eastern Congo – A week of renewed fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s troubled east has driven more than 4,000 people to seek refuge in the provincial capital Goma, aid workers said Saturday. The [...]

July 20, 2013 Africa
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Top 10 Nelson Mandela Quotes of All Times – Happy Birthday Mandiba

Top 10 Nelson Mandela Quotes of All Times – Happy Birthday Mandiba – South Africa is celebrating the 95th birthday of its most prized national figure, anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.   One of the many things Africans and people all [...]

July 18, 2013 Africa
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Nelson Mandela spends 95th birthday in hospital

Nelson Mandela is spending his 95th birthday in hospital in Pretoria, as events take place around the world and in South Africa in his honour.   South Africans are being urged to mark the former president and anti-apartheid leader’s 67 [...]

July 18, 2013 Africa
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Ghana deports thousands in crackdown on illegal Chinese goldminers

Thousands of Chinese nationals have been deported from Ghana in a crackdown on the plunder of the country’s gold by illegal miners. Immigration authorities say more than 4,500 Chinese nationals have been repatriated after a series of swoops on illegal goldmines. The Guardian has [...]

July 16, 2013 Africa
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6 trampled to death in scramble for Ramadan largesse

BY SALISU  MARADUN Six people were reported to have died in a stampede that broke out in front of a house belonging to a Gusau-based millionaire, Alhaji Shehu Danfulani Maidoya, early yesterday.   According to the sources, this time around [...]

July 16, 2013 Africa
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Optimism Over Mandela’s Recovery

Mandela’s Recovery – Former South African president Thabo Mbeki said on Saturday he was confident his predecessor Nelson Mandela’s health would improve and the ailing anti-apartheid hero would be released to recuperate at home.   “I know the doctors who are [...]

July 15, 2013 Africa
Securing Development: Challenges of Economic Inclusion

Securing Development: Challenges of Economic Inclusion

I am deeply honoured by the invitation extended to me by Dr. John Chipman and the IISS to deliver this year’s Oppenheimer Lecture, even moreso as most of my predecessors have been Heads of State. So at least for an [...]

July 8, 2013 Africa
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Nigerian Children Risk Early Death From Malnourishment – UNICEF

Thousands of Nigerian children below the age of five are at risk of death as a result of suffering from acute malnourishment which kills faster than the dreaded HIV/AIDS. The revelation was made by United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) during [...]

July 4, 2013 Africa, Health issues