Leaders arrive for AU summit as Kagame steps down

African leaders arrive in Addis Ababa for the African Union summit which will see Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who led an active, reformist tenure as African Union chair, pass the baton to Egypt, which is expected to focus more on security issues than expanding the powers of the body. IMAGES of arrivals

Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa

This week on Africa Weekly, we meet some of the Central African Republic’s “repats” who have managed to set up profitable livelihoods after returning to their country, despite it being one of the poorest in the world, and we track the growth of the African video gaming industry following the global success of a Cameroonian game.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

U.S. slave ship descendants gather at ‘Africatown’

Descendants of the African captives who were aboard the last U.S. slave ship are gathering in ‘Africatown,’ the Gulf Coast community settled by their ancestors. (Feb. 8)

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Abidjan circus Festival returns with ambitious plans

The second edition of the Abidjan Intercultural Circus Encounters (RICA) began with a competition between various troupes from around the African continent and beyond. A representative for the worldwide Cirque du Soleil announces plans to open a training centre for Circus skills in Abidjan, to bring out the best of the natural talent in the area.

We Were Inside Zimbabwe After The Government Cracked Down On Protestors (HBO)

Things were supposed to be different in Zimbabwe after its former strongman ruler, Robert Mugabe, was deposed in a bloodless coup in 2017.

But once again, people in the southern African country are living in fear after enduring the worst state violence in over a decade, which left at least 12 people dead, hundreds more injured and over 1,000 detained.

For many, hope of a bright future has already been shattered.

Signs of disappointment in the state could be seen in December, when small scale demonstrations over stagnant wages began. The protests were a reaction to crippling inflation rates, which had reached a 10-year high, and the toll it was taking on everyday Zimbabweans.

But it was President Emmerson Mnungagwa’s decision to raise the price of fuel by 150 percent, that brought thousands onto the streets.

Overnight, Zimbabwe became one of the most expensive places in the world to buy fuel, and the people were letting the government know how they felt about it — some set fire to tires in the road and others were caught looting.

The state responded with brutal force. The government shutdown the internet, and deployed soldiers and youth militia from the ruling party, Zanu-PF, who went town to town, street to street, door to door, beating men, women and children.

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Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa

This week on Africa Weekly, we follow the plight of unaccompanied African minors hoping to find a safe haven in France, and we travel to Ghana where in an effort to boost the economy, the government is trying to encourage the country’s diaspora to return home.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

Israeli PM Netanyahu arrives in Djamena

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits Chad for what he called a “historic” trip, during which diplomatic ties with the African state were expected to be renewed. IMAGES of Benjamin Netanyahu arriving in Djamena

Ghana urges people of African heritage to ‘come home’

In an effort to boost Ghana’s economy, the government is aiming to reverse outward migration in 2019 by encouraging the country’s diaspora to return home, despite the economic problems the west African country is still facing.

Salah retains African award to seal great day for Egypt

Mohamed Salah completed a memorable day for Egyptian football by retaining his African Player of the Year award in Senegal on Tuesday, hours after his country had been chosen to host the 2019 Cup of Nations.