Bushman Film Festival presents films made with smartphones

The second edition of the Bushman Film Festival, the first film festival in French-speaking West Africa for films shot on smartphones, takes place in Abidjan.

Son of Mali hostage Sophie Pétronin expects more from France

A week ago, Frenchman Sébastien Chadaud-Pétronin headed to the Sahel region in West Africa with the hope of obtaining his mother’s release. She was running a charity helping orphans when she was kidnapped by armed men in Gao, northern Mali, in December 2016. No group claimed responsibility for kidnapping until July 2017, when Al-Qaeda’s Mali branch released a video showing her. In a interview with AFPTV, he says the French state “isn’t doing enough.”

Reactions after Nigeria’s Buhari says he will run for reelection

Nigerians react after President Muhammadu Buhari declares he will seek re-election next year, in a move that puts an end to months of speculation and kicks off campaigning in West Africa’s largest economy.

Benin’s Pendjari National Park comes back to life

In the north of Benin, elephants, lions and antelopes roam in peace across the savannah of the Pendjari National Park. The park — on the border with Burkina Faso and Niger — is the biggest in West Africa and it’s spearheading a new drive to boost tourism in Benin. A voiced AFPTV report.

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

This week on Africa Weekly, we travel to Zimbabwe where the ghosts of past massacres are surfacing for the country’s new president, we go to Benin to meet the rangers specially trained to protect West Africa’s biggest national park from poachers, and we meet Octopizzo, the hip-hop star using his success to break down stigma around the slum he grew up in. FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

Annual voodoo celebration takes place in Benin

Every year in January, thousands of voodoo followers visit the beach in Ouidah, Benin, where they practise their belief and pay homage to the millions of slaves who passed through there when Ouidah was key to the slave trade in West Africa.

France’s Macron in Ghana on West Africa trip

French President Emmanuel Macron makes a stop in Ghana on his visit to West Africa. IMAGES

Burkina Faso launches Sahel region’s largest solar power plant

Burkina Faso is officially opening ‘the largest solar power plant in West Africa’ on Wednesday 29 November 2017. The country wants to turn to renewable energy to fill the deficit that forces it to import electricity from Ghana and Ivory Coast.