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Freed kidnapped Dapchi girls speak of their ordeal

Girls who were kidnapped by Islamist militants from Boko Haram from Dapchi have told RFI about their ordeal and the relief that most of them were safely released.

African press review 21 March 2018

Dozens of Nigerian Dapchi school girls are freed but the nation is unsure if the rest are alive. Kenyan experts measure the ripple effect of the Raila-Uhuru handshake.

African Agtech Market Map: 99 Technologies Changing the Future of Agriculture in Africa

From Agfunder News: Lina Belmaachi is cofounder of The Seed Project, a non-profit think tank. The team spent time on-the-ground in Africa in order to do a diagnosis and identify pain points across the agricultural value chain beforeShow More Summary

Most kidnapped Dapchi girls returned home

Reports from northern Nigeria say Boko Haram has returned most of the schoolgirls who were kidnapped from Dapchi in Yobe state.

Burundian killed by police over opposition to referendum, say activists

A Burundian man who refused to register to vote in the country’s forthcoming constitutional referendum has been killed in police custody, according to Burundian activists. Burundians go to the polls on 17 May for a referendum that could enable President Pierre Nkurunziza to stand for a further two seven-year terms from 2020.

Macron unveils plan to spread French language

French President Emmanuel Macron was to unveil plans to boost the number of French speakers in the world to 700 million in a speech in Paris on Tuesday. With its young and growing population, Africa is key to his strategy but some intellectuals there have criticised "colonialist overtones" in the project.

Bashir Dodo's Retinal Disease Diagnosis Algorithm

Optometry Today reports: An algorithm developed by a 29-year-old computer scientist could improve the detection and management of retinal disease. The new technique that has been developed by Brunel University London doctoral candidate,...Show More Summary

Understanding Egypt's presidential election

Egyptians will be going to the polls to vote for their next president on 26, 27, and 28 March. But with only two candidates, one being incumbent President Abdelfattah al-Sisi, there seems to be little doubt who will come out the win...

French ex-president Sarkozy detained in Libya cash inquiry

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was taken into custody on Tuesday morning over allegations of Libyan funding of his 2007 election campaign. His former interior minister Brice Hortefeux, who is now an MEP, has been called in for questioning but not detained. Sarkozy can be detained without charge for 48 hours.

Musician examines his integrity in Nigerian magical realism novel Taduno's Song

In this month's Africa: Stories in the 55, Nigerian writer Odafe Otagun, author of the novel Taduno's Song, discusses how he believes the arts, which are usually undervalued, could be the key to saving humanity. Taduno, his main character, is afraid of losing his values after making a pact with the despotic government. Show More Summary

African press review 12 March 2018

Ninety-four-year-old Mugabe braces for one more battle with his successor while,Jacob Zuma's Nkandla bank goes bankrupt.

African press review 20 March 2018

South Africa's tax chief has been suspended, just days before ratings agency Moody's announces its decision of the rainbow nation's severeign credit status. Zimbabwe's president says Chinese mining firms owe Harare a lot. Uganda's president becomes the latest African leader to defect from the planned signing of a continental free trade deal. Show More Summary

African press review 19 March 2018

What is the truth about Jacob Zuma's fraud charges? Why are the authorities in South Sudan angry at the continuing presence of 17,000 UN peacekeepers? And can a Kenyan police officer survive on a salary of less than one euro per mon...

France's Thales to face charges in Zuma corruption case

Jacob Zuma is to face corruption charges over a four-billion-euro arms deal. And French company Thales could find itself in the dock with the former South African president.

Sierra Leone tests blockchain technology for tallying election results

Sierra Leone has become one of the first countries to trial the use of blockchain technology during elections. A Swiss-based company called Agora used technology similar to that underpinning the BitCoin cryptocurrency to provide a partial count of election results. Show More Summary

African press review 14 March 2018

Burundi's Pierre Nkurunziza has one hand on life presidency thanks to a new title. Kenyan MPs warm sex predators to stay away and a Nigerian grandma conspires with daughter to sell baby for a few euros.

African press review 13 March 2018

Zimbabweans urge Mugabe to take a leaf from Zuma. Bono says sorry to South Africans humilited at his One Campaign charity. And Kenyan "Matatus" go back to driving school.

The Gambia offers conventional reponse to mental health problems

Psychiatry remains a under developed area of health across most of West Africa. In the Gambia, there is only one psychiatric hospital for the whole country, which means around 100 beds for two million inhabitants.

French auto giant to set up assembly plant in Namibia

French car giant PSA announced Monday it would start assembling Peugeot and Opel brands in Namibia in the second half of 2018.

How Riders for Health are improving the Gambia's emergency health services

In an effort to improve its emergency services, The Gambia chose to delegate the management of ambulances to an organisation called Riders for Health.

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