The African Jotter

Five Issues to look out for in Political Africa in 2019

2018 was a very eventful year for the African continent. Not the obnoxious coups and violent…

Zambia central bank warns against use of cryptocurrencies

Bank of Zambia (BoZ), the country’s central bank has cautioned members of the public against cryptocurrencies.…

Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari is new ECOWAS chairperson

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has a new leader in the person of…

Cameroon is trying to distance itself from extra-judicial killings by soldiers as election looms

Cameroon is grappling with the threat of escalating violence in different crisis locations across the country…

Ex-DRC VP Bemba to return Aug. 1, set to contest for presidency

Congolese opposition leader and former warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba, whose war crimes convictions were quashed in May,…

Algeria turns off the internet, blocks Facebook nationwide during student exams

After questions from high school exams were leaked online in 2016, Algeria has taken a hard…

Ivory Coast aims to grind 1 million tonnes of cocoa beans by 2022

Top cocoa producer Ivory Coast could grind 50 percent of its current output locally by 2022,…

Seychelles parliament blocks planned Indian naval base on remote island

Seychelles parliament will not ratify a pact allowing India to build naval facilities on one of…

East African Court of Justice rules Tanzania newspaper ban illegal

The East African Court of Justice has ruled that Tanzania must annul the publication ban placed…

Ethiopia: Rebel group, Patriot Ginbot 7 suspends armed operations

Armed opposition group, Patriotic Ginbot7 (PG7) announced that it has unilaterally suspended all operations using firearms…

Restructuring Eskom top of South Africa agenda – Nhlanhla Nene

Restructuring state-run power firm Eskom is “on top of the agenda” for South Africa, the country’s…

How Nigeria’s stylish in-demand World Cup jersey is making millionaires out of bootleggers

Nigeria’s stylish soccer kit has been one of the major stories of the 2018 soccer World…

United States welcomes Ethiopia-Eritrea peace efforts

The United States is encouraged by recent progress Ethiopia and Eritrea have made toward resolving their…

Several people killed in blast at rally supporting new Ethiopian leader

Several people were killed and injured in an explosion at a rally attended by thousands in…

Ethiopia, Italy sign €30 million loan agreement

Ethiopia and Italy have signed a €30 million loan agreement aimed at supporting the implementation of…

The world’s first mobile-only government bond in Kenya is popular, but missed its target

When Kenya launched M-Akiba, a mobile-only government bond, last year, the goal was to offer ordinary citizens…

Scientists are exploring a lost rainforest hidden in a Mozambique volcano for the first time

It’s hard to miss Mount Lico, a relatively isolated cliff jutting out 700 meters (nearly 2,300…

South Sudan: Kiir, Machar to meet in Khartoum next week after failed Addis talks

A new round of talks between South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar…