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Blog Profile / Baobab


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/baobab
Filed Under:Local Interest / Africa
Posts on Regator:463
Posts / Week:2.7
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Unwanted aid

11 hours agoLocal Interest / Africa : Baobab

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

Snatched

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

A perfect storm

NEARLY six months after Guinea registered its first cases of the ebola virus, the outbreak is still spreading. A World Health Organisation statement last week said 467 people had died from the illness, which has been confirmed in more than 60 communities in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, including the capital cities of the former two countries. Show More Summary

A tablet a day

THERE are millions of children out of school in the conflict-ridden northeast of Nigeria, but in one classroom the future is looking brighter. In a co-educational private secondary school in Yola, the capital of Adamawa state, teenagers each sit in front of a computer. Show More Summary

Spreading instability

TWO months after a hashtag brought Nigeria’s Islamic insurgency to international attention, the security situation continues to deteriorate, posing a growing crisis for Goodluck Jonathan’s embattled government. The world started paying...Show More Summary

Field of Shattered Dreams

FEW were surprised but many were disappointed when Africa’s dreams of World Cup victory came to an end on Monday. The football-loving continent’s last two remaining teams – from Nigeria and Algeria – were defeated in the knockout stages of the tournament, leaving a legacy that is more controversial than proud. Show More Summary

A wife as a gift

Better than a wife TO EXPRESS their gratitude to the visiting boss of South Africa’s state broadcaster, traditional Venda chiefs have—according to the Sowetan, a popular daily newspaper—lavished three gifts on Hlaudi Motsoeneng: a cow, a calf, and a beautiful wife. Show More Summary

The wrong way to beat it

IN THE back streets of Lagos, Ruth has come to a rehabilitation centre to clean up. She is educated and articulate, but because of her heroin addiction she has never managed to hold down jobs for long. She has sold her clothes, laptop and telephone to pay for her habit. Show More Summary

Let’s move on

Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo attending a pre-trial hearing on charges of crimes against humanity at the Internati A PANEL of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague confirmed on June 12th that Laurent Gbagbo,...Show More Summary

Why reform is so hard

ONE of Nigeria’s most reform-minded and articulate governors has been ousted in an election in Ekiti, a south-western state, by a populist who was once impeached following charges, albeit unproven, of embezzling public money. The vote was deemed generally free and fair. Show More Summary

Which doctor?

MANY people in Sierra Leone, where an ebola epidemic has gripped the country for the first time, refuse to accept that the disease can be tackled by Western medicine. They prefer to use traditional healers instead. This may make it spread faster. Show More Summary

This is your co-pilot speaking

RIGHT now, Jacob Zuma (R) is taking a break. Having led the African National Congress to a slightly diminished majority in last month's elections, the 72-year-old South African president is said to be exhausted. He spent a night in a...Show More Summary

Nelson Mandela is imprisoned for life

FIFTY years ago today, Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison. You can find our report from June 20th 1964 here. Discover all of our coverage of Nelson Mandela on this interactive page.

Bitcoin for the poor

THE affluent Midrand area of Johannesburg is about to make history. By month’s end, a local company, ZABitcoinATM, hopes to install Africa’s first Bitcoin ATM. The machine will allow clients to insert local cash and change it into the crypto-currency minted on the internet to be used at nearby businesses who have joined the scheme. Show More Summary

A first conviction

2 months agoLocal Interest / Africa : Baobab

ANTI-SLAVERY INTERNATIONAL, a London-based advocacy group, has hailed what it says is the first-ever conviction in Niger of a man for slavery. “A 63-year-old man has been sent to jail for four years for enslaving a girl as a ‘fifth wife’,...Show More Summary

An end to uncertainty (but only that)

2 months agoLocal Interest / Africa : Baobab

IN THE days after Malawi’s elections on May 20th one thing that seemed clear: Joyce Banda, the sitting president, had lost. But it was only on May 31th, after a court turned down a lawsuit to force a recount, when the electoral commission announced that Peter Mutharika of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) had won with 36.4%. Show More Summary

Anxiously looking east

2 months agoLocal Interest / Africa : Baobab

IRON ORE has played a big part in Liberia’s economic resuscitation since it emerged from civil war a decade ago, but there could be trouble ahead. Leaders in the tiny west African state are concerned about falling demand from China, the main customer for its prime commodity export. Show More Summary

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