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Emmanuel Vitus Agbenonwossi is a West-Africa-based bilingual [French and English] journalist specialized in economic and political issues. With a Master’s Degree in Communication studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, his interests are new media and digital journalism.

Nine killed in Guinea protests against constitution change

Nine protesters were killed this week in Guinea during demonstrations against a possible change to the constitution. Thousands of opposition supporters, civil society groups and trade unionists had gathered on Monday for nationwide demonstrations and strikes in the West African nation. The coalition, known as the Guinean Organization for the Defense of Human Rights, was […]

Cameroon: World Bank allocates $200 million to support development policies

The International Development Association (IDA), a subsidiary of the World Bank which offers concessional loans and grants to the world’s poorest developing countries, has signed an agreement with the government of Cameroon, to provide a loan of $200 million (about 117, 744 billion FCFA) to the central African nation. The agreement is part of the […]

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Transport: Kenya to open $1bn Chinese-built railway line

Kenya will soon open a new railway line to connect the capital Nairobi to the Rift Valley region, local media reported. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to commission the extended railway line that is a key component of the proposed Mombasa-Nairobi-Malaba SGR project. The 120 km stretch has been built by the China Communications […]

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Tanzania: President, Govt move to new capital Dodoma

Tanzanian President John Magufuli and the entire government have relocated to the country’s new capital of Dodoma. The new capital Dodoma, which was elevated to city status last year, was designated as the capital city. Its central location, compared to the coastal Dar es Salaam is considered ideal for bringing government services closer to the […]

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Polls open in Mozambique elections

Polls have opened across Mozambique on Tuesday for presidential, parliamentary and provincial elections. The elections are seen as a test of a recent peace deal between the ruling party and the armed opposition. In August, Mozambique’s president, and the leader of Renamo, a former rebel movement-turned-opposition party, have signed a peace accord to end armed […]

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Benin gets $87.4 million from Germany

Germany will provide $87.4 million to Benin to finance development projects, the Beninese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement posted on its website. According to the statement, this resource allocation will support the sectors of drinking water and sanitation, agriculture, and good governance. The German government’s commitment on this last point should focus […]

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Nigeria fines 12 banks for failing to meet loan deadline

The Central Bank of Nigeria has fined 12 commercial banks, including the local subsidiary of US Citigroup, a total of 500 billion Naira ($1.4 billion), for failing to increase loans to meet a regulatory target. According to the central bank, the banks failed to comply with the minimum loan-to-deposit ratio of 60% set at the […]

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Cameroon’s opposition leader walks free from jail

Cameroon’s main opposition leader, Maurice Kamto has walked free from prison last weekend, nine months after his arrest. A military court in the country’s capital, Yaounde, ordered the former presidential candidate’s release on Saturday at the behest of President Paul Biya. The activists of the Movement for the Renaissance of Cameroon (MRC) celebrated the release […]

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Sudan: UN agencies in campaign to protect 1.6 million from cholera

UN agencies, mainly WHO and UNICEF, are working with the authorities in Sudan to protect more than one million people from cholera, an infectious disease, which can kill within hours if left untreated. So far, there have been 215 confirmed cases, including eight deaths, since an outbreak was declared in Blue Nile state on September […]

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Mali: 25 soldiers killed in attacks by suspected jihadists

Suspected jihadists have killed about twenty-five Malian soldiers after they attacked two army camps in central Mali on Monday, the government said in a statement. According to the government, the attacks targeted the military posts at Boulkessi and Mondoro. “Among the ranks of the FAMA (Malian armed forces) the provisional toll is 25 killed, four […]

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