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Gambia’s president-elect is supposed to be sworn in today – but the current president won’t step down

Gambia’s president-elect, Adama Barrow, has announced he’ll be sworn in in an embassy in neighboring Senegal Thursday, as his predecessor refuses to relinquish power despite last-minute diplomatic

Gambia’s president-elect was sworn in today – but the current president won’t step down

Updated: 12:30 p.m E.T. Gambia’s president-elect, Adama Barrow, has been sworn in in an embassy in neighboring Senegal Thursday, as his predecessor refuses to relinquish power despite last-minute

Gambia’s new president is inheriting the country from a man who maybe stole all of its money

Crowds of people packed the streets of Gambia’s capital Banjul on Thursday to welcome home the country’s new president, Adama Barrow, who has finally taken power almost two months after he won an
Red Cross Workers May Have Stolen $6 Million in Ebola Aid Money

Red Cross Workers May Have Stolen $6 Million in Ebola Aid Money

An internal investigation revealed rampant fraud.
The BBC has a pidgin service

The BBC has a pidgin service

The BBC's pidgin service is aimed at West African audiences; it is a pure delight. (more…)

Senegal’s Long-Delayed New International Airport Finally Opens

Senegal wants to be West Africa's premier hub. The best way to do that is by building a new, modern airport. But that's no guarantee for success. Let's hope airlines actually grow there. Otherwise,
Photographers Gain Entry into Traditional African Village Where Every House Is a Work of Art

Photographers Gain Entry into Traditional African Village Where Every House Is a Work of Art

Nestled at the base of a hill, overlooking the Savannah, lies Tiébélé—an African village in Burkina Faso. First settled in the 15th Century, the 1.2-hectare commune is home to the Kassena people,
The BBC in Pidgin? People Like It Well-Well

The BBC in Pidgin? People Like It Well-Well

An article on the BBC website telling the story of a Tinder date gone wrong, written in West African pidgin English.
The BBC in Pidgin? People Like It Well-Well

The BBC in Pidgin? People Like It Well-Well

An article on the BBC website telling the story of a Tinder date gone wrong, written in West African pidgin English.
The BBC in Pidgin? People Like It Well-Well

The BBC in Pidgin? People Like It Well-Well

An article on the BBC website telling the story of a Tinder date gone wrong, written in West African pidgin English.
A global chocolate crisis looms, but scientists believe they can genetically engineer a fix

A global chocolate crisis looms, but scientists believe they can genetically engineer a fix

Chocolate is facing a global meltdown, and scientists at the University of California’s Innovative Genomics Institute—with support from the food manufacturer Mars—are now racing against…

A Harlem Photographer Captures the Distinctive Style of Senegal

Antwaun Sargent writes about the Harlem photographer Joshua Woods’s photographs from a recent trip to Senegal.
Monrovia, Moravia, Moldova, Moldavia (Entry 805.GN1032)

Monrovia, Moravia, Moldova, Moldavia (Entry 805.GN1032)

In which John shares the soothing geographic mantra that has got him where he is today: sitting in a bunker teaching 30th-century cockroach-people how to tell medieval Central European principalities
Senegal’s rich history of photography showcases Africans in control of their own story

Senegal’s rich history of photography showcases Africans in control of their own story

Saint-Louis, Senegal There has been increasing interest to unearth and understand Africa’s photographic history in recent years. Whether this is driven by the growing treasure…
We've got to stop turning our backs on Ebola

We've got to stop turning our backs on Ebola

Remember back in 2014 when everyone thought that an Ebola outbreak in Africa wouldn't be a problem for North Americans and then – and this is the shit and giggle part – four laboratory-confirmed cases
Congo’s deadly Ebola outbreak just reached a city of 1 million people

Congo’s deadly Ebola outbreak just reached a city of 1 million people

“The arrival of Ebola in an urban area is very concerning."
Nigeria’s Piggybank.ng raises $1.1M, announces group investment product

Nigeria’s Piggybank.ng raises $1.1M, announces group investment product

Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Nigeria’s Piggybank.ng raises $1.1M, announces group
Uganda's unenforceable social media tax is augmented by a biometric requirement for SIM card purchases

Uganda's unenforceable social media tax is augmented by a biometric requirement for SIM card purchases

Uganda's social media tax may be an unenforceable mess, but that doesn't make it harmless (it opens the door to selective enforcement and invites programs of censorship and mass surveillance in the
When Burkina Faso Vibrated with a New Culture

When Burkina Faso Vibrated with a New Culture

Nicolas Niarchos writes about Volta Jazz and the role of their music in a cultural shift in Burkina Faso.