South Africa’s Jacob Zuma to face Kgalema Motlanthe challenge

South Africa’s Jacob Zuma to face Kgalema Motlanthe challenge

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma will face a challenge for the leadership of the ANC next week from his deputy, Kgalema Motlanthe. Mr Motlanthe’s spokesman Thabo Masebe said that Mr Motlanthe had accepted his nomination to stand as ANC leader. Mr Zuma has received most nominations, but his critics say he has failed to tackle […]

Africa papers carry Mike Tyson ‘sex change’ spoof

Africa papers carry Mike Tyson ‘sex change’ spoof

Several online newspapers in Africa have published a spoof story about former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson having a sex change. The article first appeared on the UK satirical website, NewsBiscuit, at the end of November. It was then published by Zimbabwe’s Standard on Sunday and picked up by the SpyGhana news website on Tuesday. […]

Election was transparent, free and fair -Obasanjo

Election was transparent, free and fair -Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria on Sunday described Ghana’s general election as peaceful, transparent, free and fair, and should, therefore, be emulated by other African countries. He said, “By this successful and peaceful election, Ghana has again added another beautiful block to the already political edifice it has built over the years.” The former […]

Ghana solar energy plant set to be Africa’s largest

Ghana solar energy plant set to be Africa’s largest

  A UK firm has announced plans to build what it claims is the biggest photovoltaic (PV) solar power plant in Africa. The Nzema project, based in Ghana, will be able to provide electricity to more than 100,000 homes. Construction work on the $400m (£248m) plant is due to start within 12 months. The developers […]

Nigerian oil tycoon is richest Black Woman in the world

Nigerian oil tycoon is richest Black Woman in the world

Oprah Winfrey has lost her long-held title as the richest black woman in the world to a Nigerian oil tycoon, according to a report by an African business magazine. Edging out Oprah is Folorunsho Alakija, a 61-year-old woman from Nigeria who is reportedly worth at least $3.2 billion, or roughly $500 million more than Oprah’s […]

Students Solve Power Shortages With Urine

Students Solve Power Shortages With Urine

Photo: Maker Faire AfricaLagos — It’s ironic that Nigeria, Africa’s leading oil producer, suffers from frequent fuel and power shortages. But four school girls have found a solution from an unlikely source: urine. Most Nigerians have to rely on generators because of the epileptic power supply. Many businesses have also closed down because they cannot […]

Zimbabwe appoint German Klaus Dieter Pagels as new coach

Zimbabwe appoint German Klaus Dieter Pagels as new coach

By Steve Vickers BBC Sport, Harare The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) has named German Klaus Deiter Pagels as interim national team coach. The move is part of Zifa’s rebuilding process begins after the Warriors’ failure to qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals. Pagels has been Zifa’s national technical adviser since 2010 on […]

Mauritania president returns home after shooting

Mauritania president returns home after shooting

The president of Mauritania Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz has returned home for the first time since being wounded by one of his own soldiers last month. President Abdelaziz was shot in the arm by a Mauritanian army soldier in what the government said was an accident. He had been in France for the last six weeks […]

Ernest Bai Koroma wins presidential poll

Ernest Bai Koroma wins presidential poll

Sierra Leone’s incumbent President Ernest Bai Koroma has won the presidential election, the election commission has said. He received almost 59% of votes cast, meaning there is no need for a run-off as he won more than 55%. His main challenger, ex-military ruler Julius Maada Bio, took 38% of the ballots in Saturday’s peaceful poll. […]

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