ROBERT MUGABE had been out of power for nearly two years when he died on September 6th (see Obituary). He had been far away and sick since April, so you might think his death would not rattle his successor as president of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa. But bones have a way of making themselves felt.
JOHN MAGUFULI, Tanzania’s president, is known as “the Bulldozer”. When he took office in 2015 the nickname was seen as a compliment: at last the East African country of 57m people had a leader who would take on graft and get things done.
[Namibia Economist] The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) in collaboration with the City Police, launched a reality television show titled; ‘On The Street” at the Grove Mall of Namibia, Ster Kinekor, in Windhoek, last week.
Editor’s note (0900 June 21st 2019): After The Economist went to press, President Donald Trump said Iran had made a “big mistake” in shooting down an American drone. He was reported to have approved military strikes on targets in Iran on June 20th, but then countermanded his order. The reason for his change of mind was unclear.
AS MUSLIMS HAVEfor centuries, Ahmed Toufiq broke his Ramadan fast by nibbling a date while the call to prayer echoed across the Nile. Then he turned to the heaped plates in front of him.
[Premium Times] Lagos has been ranked as the sixth cheapest city in the world to live in, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit survey.
Into the final redoubt THE LAST defenders of the caliphate grazed like sheep until there was no grass left to eat. America bombed from above. Kurdish-led fighters pursued them on the ground
[The Conversation Africa] Muhammadu Buhari’s election four years ago as Nigerian president was greeted with great enthusiasm, and expectation.
Robbed again AGAINST ALL the odds, and the laws of arithmetic, Félix Tshisekedi was due to become the Democratic Republic of Congo’s fifth president as The Economist went to press. A few weeks ago he was trailing in the polls
For a few zollars more ON JANUARY 16TH Zimbabweans awoke to a text message from Econet, the country’s main internet provider. Citing a warrant from the office of the president, the firm said that the day before it had suspended its services. “The matter is out of our control,” it added