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Ghana: Voices rose worldwide to salute the memory of former president John Jerry Rawlings

“A monument has gone out, it is an immense loss for Ghana,” President Nana Akufo-Addo said in a statement Thursday, November 12. At the age of 73, former President Jerry John Rawlings died in a hospital in the capital Accra “after a short illness”. “I am announcing the suspension of our political campaign (…) following […]

Togo: Colonel Bitala Madjoulba was murdered with his own weapon

Six months after the death of Colonel Bitala Madjoulba, – assassinated during the night of 3 to 4 May, a few hours after the inauguration of President Faure Gnassingbé which he had just attended – the investigation seems to be progressing. The ballistics tests carried out by France and Ghana have spoken for themselves: the […]

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Nigeria : Eruption of violence throughout the country

Nigeria is waking up in shock, the day after a “black Tuesday”, a “bloody Tuesday”, as the newspapers headlined, marked by an eruption of violence throughout the country and particularly in the megalopolis of Lagos. In this large city, the security forces brutally dispersed young people who were demonstrating against police violence, causing several deaths […]

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Benin: the country is declared to be non “safe country of origin” by French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons

This decision was taken at the end of September by the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons, which rules on asylum applications in France, and was published on Tuesday. It is motivated, according to the president of Ofpra, by “the situation of public and political liberties in this country”. The organization […]

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Côte d’Ivoire elections: ECOWAS-AU-UN joint mission in Abidjan

A joint delegation led by ECOWAS and including the African Union and the United Nations is on a visit in Abidjan this October 5 – 6 to consolidate and amplify gains in the ongoing electoral process. At ECOWAS, the visit to Côte d’Ivoire is described as a mission of “preventive diplomacy” in view of the […]

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Ghana: Country’s economy fell by 3% due to Covid 19

It is a sad first in 37 years: Ghana’s economy fell by 3% in the second quarter of 2020, hard hit by the restrictive measures put in place to contain the Covid-19 epidemic. A country known for its stability and its important exports of gold, oil and cocoa, Ghana saw its economy contract by 3.2% […]

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Ghana-Nigeria: Towards a new diplomatic scramble

Nigeria reacted after the release of a video showing Ghanaian law enforcement forces forcibly closing the shop of a Nigerian merchant in the capital, Accra. Nigerian shopkeepers are complaining about new controls by the Ghanaian authorities. This episode is a reminder that tensions are recurrent between the two largest economies of ECOWAS. The video at […]

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ECOWAS calls for extraordinary summit on July 27 over political crisis in Mali

The mission of the five West African Heads of State led by the current President of ECOWAS, Mahamadou Issoufou, ended on Thursday evening, 23 July. If the latter does not “despair” of finding a compromise, for the opposition, the lines have not changed. ECOWAS has renewed its support for President IBK. First to land in […]

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Thirty-four people arrested in Canary Islands for shipping hazardous waste to Africa

The Spanish Civil Guard arrested 34 people in the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria and Tenerife for involvement in shipping hazardous waste to Africa. These people are involved in the illegal trafficking of discarded electrical and electronic equipment to several African countries, including Senegal, Ghana, Gambia, Togo, Benin, Guinea, Sierra Leone and, above all, Nigeria. Between […]

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Covid 19: South Africa has passed the hundred thousand cases

South Africa has passed the 100,000 mark for coronavirus cases, with the number of deaths now approaching 2,000, the authorities announced Monday. The country accounts for more than half of all coronavirus infections in sub-Saharan Africa. The South African Department of Health announced in a statement on Monday June 23 that the country now has […]

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