Son of Nigeria’s Ken Saro-Wiwa dies

Son of Nigeria’s Ken Saro-Wiwa dies

Image caption Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr was a prominent journalist and became a presidential adviser The son of renowned Nigerian environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, who was executed more than 20 years ago, has died in London. Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr, 47, passed away after suffering a stroke, his family say. He was a journalist who became an […]

Son of Nigeria’s Ken Saro-Wiwa dies

Son of Nigeria’s Ken Saro-Wiwa dies

Image caption Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr was a prominent journalist and became a presidential advisor The son of renowned Nigerian environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, who was executed more than 20 years ago, has died in London. Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr, 47, passed away after suffering a stroke, his family say. He was a journalist who became a […]

Somali militants attack key town of Afgoye near capital

Somali militants attack key town of Afgoye near capital

Image copyright AP Image caption Islamist militant group al-Shabab has been fighting to overthrow the UN-backed government There has been fierce fighting near the Somali capital Mogadishu after fighters from the Islamist militant group al-Shabab overran a key town. Reports say at least four policemen and several civilians were killed when militants stormed Afgoye on […]

‘Caterpillar tax’: DR Congo ethnic clash sees 16 killed

‘Caterpillar tax’: DR Congo ethnic clash sees 16 killed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Caterpillars are a delicacy in parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo At least 16 people have been killed in a row over a disputed charge on the sale of caterpillars in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The larvae were being sold for food in south-eastern Katanga province. Days […]

South Sudan conflict: Ex-VP Machar ‘has no role’ in politics

Media captionRiek Machar: ‘I’m going to return to South Sudan’ South Sudan’s sacked Vice-President Riek Machar no longer has a role to play as a political leader in the country, the presidency says. President Salva Kiir’s spokesman told the BBC Mr Machar “has no space here”, and should not return to the country before elections […]

Joseph Kabila party in deal to delay DR Congo presidential vote

Joseph Kabila party in deal to delay DR Congo presidential vote

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Last month, protests against moves to delay the poll resulted in at least 50 deaths The ruling party in the Democratic Republic of Congo and one opposition faction have proposed delaying the presidential election until April 2018. The vote was due in November but electoral officials say more time is […]

South Sudan conflict: Exiled Machar vows to return home

South Sudan conflict: Exiled Machar vows to return home

Image copyright AP Image caption Riek Machar (left ) and President Salva Kiir have been locked in a power struggle South Sudan’s sacked Vice-President Riek Machar – who fled the country in August – has vowed to return, saying his credibility is intact. Speaking from South Africa, Mr Machar told the BBC that his rebel […]

Nigerian footballer shot dead

Nigerian footballer shot dead

Izu Joseph (left) was a key player for Shooting Stars Nigerian footballer Izu Joseph has died after being shot. The 24-year-old , who played in defence for Nigerian Premier League club Shooting Stars, was hit by a stray bullet when gunmen attacked a market in his hometown of Okaki in Rivers State. The club’s tweeted […]

Kigeli V Ndahindurwa: Last king of Rwanda dies

Kigeli V Ndahindurwa: Last king of Rwanda dies

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption King Kigeli was 23 when he came to power in 1959 The last king of Rwanda has died in the US aged 80 years old. Born Jean-Baptiste Ndahindurwa, King Kigeli V came to power in 1959 but was only king of Rwanda until 1961, when the monarchy was abolished […]

Niger jihadist prison attack ‘contained’

Niger jihadist prison attack ‘contained’

An attack by Islamist militants on a high-security prison in Niger holding about 100 jihadists has been foiled, government spokesman Marou Amadou says. Fighting at Koutoukale, 50km (31 miles) north-west of the capital, Niamey, was reported at dawn. Mr Amadou told the BBC the attackers were from the Mali-based al-Qaeda splinter group Mujao. Last week, […]