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When the US president met Africa’s independence heroes

President John F Kennedy met Ghana’s first President and leading pan-Africanist Kwame Nkrumah at the White House in March 1961 In our series of letters from African journalists, Sierra Leonean-Gambian writer Ade Daramy mines an archive of photos featuring US President John F Kennedy, who set the template for US relations with Africa. Short presentational … Read more

Africa’s week in pictures: 19-25 February 2021

The New York Times New Findings on 2 Ways Children Become Seriously Ill from the Coronavirus A large nationwide study has found important differences in the two major ways in which children have become seriously ill from the coronavirus, findings that may help doctors and parents better recognize the conditions and understand more about the … Read more

Covid infection in Lagos ‘may top Africa’s official total’

Millions not thousands of Nigerians have already contracted coronavirus, a new study says. A Covid-19 antibodies survey in Nigeria suggests that four million people in Lagos state alone have had the virus – more than has been officially recorded for the whole of Africa. The official figure for Nigeria is 153,000 cases with 1,862 deaths. … Read more

Africa’s week in pictures: 12-18 February 2021

Reuters Videos Mumbai court stops arrest of Thunberg ally Protesters continued to march through the streets of New Delhi Wednesday (February 17) condemning the arrest of 22-year-old environmentalist Disha Ravi.Meantime, a Mumbai court granted bail Wednesday to an associate of Ravi, whose arrest for promoting an action plan for farmers’ protests has caused outrage across … Read more

South Africa’s Jacob Zuma in ‘contempt of court’, says judge

Jacob Zuma was forced to step down as South Africa’s president in 2018 A South African judge says he wants ex-President Jacob Zuma to be given a jail sentence for failing to appear before him to answer corruption allegations. Mr Zuma, 79, ignored a summons to appear before a commission of inquiry being chaired by … Read more