Blog Profile / Baobab

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Archived Since:April 18, 2011

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A particularly sad farewell to Baobab

LITTLE more than four years ago we launched our Africa blog, Baobab, with little fanfare. Instead we dived straight into coverage of the issues of the day with a post from an election monitor in Somiland. The time has now come to bid her farewell. Show More Summary

All foreigners out! Well, some of you

AN EDICT issued by South Sudan’s ministry of labour on September 16th caused international havoc by telling all foreigners working in the country (save diplomats and government aid agencies) to leave within a month. But the next dayShow More Summary

Blade runner, the judge’s cut

OSCAR PISTORIUS, South Africa’s celebrated disabled athlete, was found guilty of negligently killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The trial and verdict shed light on both the country’s gun culture and high levels of crime as well as a judiciary once synonymous with apartheid that has since become a jewel of its democracy. Show More Summary


EQUITY Bank, whose micro-loans offerings have helped increase the number of Kenyans using formal financial services, is looking to break into Kenya’s booming mobile telephone market, with the bank saying it will use the Mobile Virtual Network Operator licence it was granted in April to make financial services even more accessible and affordable. Show More Summary

Fresh water in a village called death

LAKE Victoria is the 2nd largest freshwater lake in the world, and it is at Agnes Nansubuga's front door. So naturally, that's where she used to fetch her drinking water. Unfortunately, it is also a place that many of her fellow villagers also use as a bathroom. Show More Summary

Sharing the spoils

A LEAKED contract between Norway’s Statoil and the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) is raising questions about whether Tanzania will gain the full benefits of its sizeable gas deposits that have been discovered since 2010 deep in the Indian Ocean. Show More Summary

An inspiring book fair, a raft of challenges

IN a scruffy hall off the dusty main thoroughfare of Somaliland’s capital, Nuruddin Farah, a Somalia-born novelist, is berating the audience at the Hargeisa International Book Fair over what he sees as the inherent cruelty of Somali society. Show More Summary

Ebola's economic costs

MORE than 1,900 people have so far died from Ebola in the four affected west African countries, but many more will suffer the economic consequences. Governments reckon the worst of those effects are yet to be felt, but they are still busy trying to calculate what the outbreak is going to cost them. Show More Summary

The great escape

NIGERIA’S war against Boko Haram is going from bad to worse. The country’s army, on paper the strongest in west Africa, suffered its latest humiliation in late August when some 480 soldiers fled across the border to Cameroon after coming under attack from the jihadists. Show More Summary

Talks without hope

NEXT Monday representatives of Mali’s government and northern Tuareg are due to meet in Algiers to initiate a new round of peace talks. International mediators pushed for these talks since May, when Tuareg violently took power in their ethnic stronghold of Kidal, prompting the government to declare war. Show More Summary

Spare us the gimmick

To celebrate Women's Month in South Africa this August, the country's arts and culture ministry has launched an unusual Twitter campaign: "Wear a Doek Fridays." A doek is a square cloth tied around the head. Women have been asked toShow More Summary


ALMOST a week after Sierra Leone's president, Ernest Bai Koroma, declared a state of emergency in response to the Ebola outbreak sweeping through West Africa, troops were finally deployed on Monday. The move, known as Operation Octopus, aims to enforce a strict quarantine of affected areas and homes that have been exposed to the disease. Show More Summary

Ranking high on the wrong measures

FOR years Africa was a backwater for al-Qaeda-linked insurgents, but today it is rising axis for extremism. Two African insurgencies now rank among the most dangerous internationally: Boko Haram in Nigeria and Somalia’s al-Shabab. Going...Show More Summary

A pause in the killing

RIVAL Muslim and Christian militias from the Central African Republic (CAR) signed a ceasefire this week, which they said would protect civilians after 16-months of civil war. But there are several reasons to be sceptical about its capacity to bring an end to fighting that has killed thousands of people and displaced about a million more. Show More Summary

Operation Serval's final mission

TWO French fighter jets screamed across northern Mali on Thursday not in pursuit of terrorists, but on a far more tragic sortie. At 1:50 AM Air Algeria AH5017 disappeared, possibly over the country. The plane was an MD-83, carrying 116 people from Oaugadougou, Burkina Faso to Algiers. Show More Summary

Unwanted aid

AID in Africa has controversial reputation. Critics say it is wasteful and does little to assist the poor. Some even argue that it is counter-productive by making recipients dependent on hand-outs. Seldom, though, are western aid agencies accused of providing the funding for human rights abuses. Show More Summary

Nollywood's new scoreboard

NIGERIAN cinephiles rejoiced this month as news emerged that Half of a Yellow Sun (pictured above), arguably the most ambitious film project in the nation’s history, had received a release date in its own country. For three months the...Show More Summary

Boko Haram extends its reach

After much speculation over the cause of a deadly set of explosions in Lagos last month, Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, released a video claiming responsibility, signifying that the Islamic insurgency has managed to hit the country’s commercial centre for the first time. Show More Summary

We can’t help coming back

DURING the military intervention of France in Mali January 2013, officials in Paris were at pains to emphasise the exercise’s modest ambition. “France can intervene only in an exceptional moment, for an exceptional and limited period”,...Show More Summary


ANDARGACHEW TSIGE, an exiled Ethiopian opposition leader with British nationality, could be facing the death penalty after apparently being arrested and sent back to his country of origin while on a trip to the Gulf. While transiting...Show More Summary

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