Zimbabwe’s Morgan Tsvangirai buried amid rivalry in MDC

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Morgan Tsvangirai was beaten up and imprisoned numerous times More than 5,000 people have attended the burial of Zimbabwe’s opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai in his home village after he died of colon cancer. The burial was marred by divisions in the party he formed and led, the Movement for Democratic […]

Madonna: ‘My son is Malawi’s future president’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption US pop star Madonna and her son David have regularly visited Malawi, the country of her adoptive children Pop star Madonna has called her son, David Banda, “the future president of Malawi” in a tweet praising the 12-year-old boy. The US singer has six children, four of whom she adopted […]

Kenya allows opposition figures to fly to Zimbabwe

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption James Orengo (pictured) and Jimi Wanjigi were held overnight before being allowed to fly Kenyan officials have allowed two opposition supporters to fly to Zimbabwe after detaining them at an airport overnight. Senator James Orengo and financier Jimi Wanjigi planned to attend opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s burial. But officials […]

Nigeria Boko Haram: Schoolgirls escape militant attack

Image copyright AFP Image caption Boko Haram militants want to establish an Islamic state in northern Nigeria Schoolgirls and teachers in north-eastern Nigeria have escaped an attack on a boarding school by Boko Haram jihadists, witnesses say. They say the militants in pick-up trucks arrived in the town of Dapchi, Yobe state, on Monday evening, […]

Afrin offensive: Turkey warns Syria against helping Kurds

Media captionWhy is Turkey attacking Syria? Mark Lowen explains Turkey has warned the Syrian government not to help Kurds fighting against Turkish forces in northern Syria. Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said Turkey’s operations were going ahead as planned and it would be a “disaster” if Syrian troops were to intervene. Syrian media had earlier […]

Mozambique rubbish dump collapse ‘kills at least 17’ people

Image copyright EPA Image caption Authorities have warned that a number of residents remain unaccounted for At least 17 people have been killed in Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, and many more injured after a huge mound of rubbish collapsed, officials say. The pile of waste, some 15m (49ft) high, gave way in heavy rains at 03:00 […]

Nigerian footballer dies in car crash

Nigerian footballer Chinedu Udoji passes away Top Nigerian club Kano Pillars have announced the death of 28-year-old defender Chinedu Udoji in a car crash on Sunday. The accident happened a few hours after a league game against his former club Enyimba. Udoji, who played for Pillars in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Enyimba, was involved in […]

Nigeria’s Boko Haram crisis: Court frees 475 suspects

Image copyright AFP Image caption Thousands of people have died since Boko Haram began launching attacks When mechanics Taye and Kehinde Hamza agreed to service a vehicle at their workshop in Nigeria’s Bauchi State in 2010, they could never have imagined the years of hell which would follow. The car, it turned out, belonged to […]

BBC starts Igbo and Yoruba services in Nigeria

BBC starts Igbo and Yoruba services in Nigeria

Image caption There are very few news publications for Igbo and Yoruba speakers Two new language services have been launched by the BBC World Service for Igbo and Yoruba speakers in Nigeria and West and Central Africa. Their digital content is mainly aimed at audiences who use mobile phones. Igbo is primarily spoken in south-east […]