President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbè is the new chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). He takes over from Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The Togolese leader became the new ECOWAS President on Sunday, 4 June 2017 at the 51st Ordinary Session of the Heads of ECOWAS in...
Reliable sources within the ECOWAS leadership at the 51st Ordinary Session of the heads of States of ECOWAS hints that barring any unforseen dramatic changes, the Heads of States will elect the President of Togo Faure Gnassingbè as it's head after this year's session. This will come as a...
Somali militants have stoned a man to death after an Islamic court convicted him of adultery. Dayow Mohamed Hassan, 44, was buried neck-deep and pelted to death with stones by al-Shabab fighters. He was convicted of being in an adulterous relationship with a woman and impregnating her, despite having two wives,...
Cohabiting couples in Burundi have until the end of the year to get married or face legal consequences The government order comes after President Pierre Nkurunziza launched a campaign "to moralise society". A government spokesman said a crackdown on informal relationships was needed to combat a population explosion. He said too many...
Ugandans have a growing passion for the internet and social media – and it’s being reciprocated. The world’s biggest social networking platform has chosen Uganda for a $170 million fibre infrastructure project. This investment shows that Uganda is one of Facebook’s top priority countries in Africa. While Uganda had 23 million...
The Ghana Institute of Governance and Security (GIGS) says the decision by Morocco - a North African economic giant, to join Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), could provide the sub- region with huge investment opportunities. It would open the door to the countries in the economic bloc to...
The Government of Ghana has signed a Double Taxation Avoidance agreement (DTA) with the government of Mauritius. The countries have also set up a Ghana-Mauritius Permanent Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation, as part of measures to facilitate trade between the two countries. As well, Ghana and Mauritius have agreed to collaborate...
Computing giant IBM is investing $70 million (approximately R945 million) in building digital, cloud and cognitive IT skills to help support a 21st-century workforce in Africa. The initiative, ‘IBM Digital – Nation Africa’, provides a cloud-based learning platform designed to provide free skills development programmes for up to 25 million...
Cities in sub-Saharan Africa are experiencing rapid population growth rate, yet their economic growth has not kept pace, the World Bank Group has said. The Bank says it may be partly due to low capital investment, due in part to Africa’s relative poverty. However, the Bank is hopeful that African leaders...
With his time as leader of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress running out, President Jacob Zuma is gambling that a raft of populist measures can bolster his grassroots support and ensure his political survival. “Radical economic transformation” was the theme of Zuma’s annual state-of-the-nation address on Thursday delivered amid...