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Jul 30, 2014

Insight – Mobile money grows in Africa but hurdles remain

DAKAR (Reuters) – IT technician Mansour Diagne is one of the lucky few in Senegal to have a bank account, but when he needs to pay some bills or transfer cash to his sisters on the other side of the crowded capital Dakar, he reaches for his mobile phone.

Fewer than 20 percent of adults in the West African nation have a bank account and 26-year-old Diagne says the charges for using his are too high anyway, so he keeps at least 40,000 CFA francs (48.5 pound) in his mobile money account for transactions.

Jul 30, 2014

Mobile money grows in Africa but hurdles remain

DAKAR (Reuters) – IT technician Mansour Diagne is one of the lucky few in Senegal to have a bank account, but when he needs to pay some bills or transfer cash to his sisters on the other side of the crowded capital Dakar, he reaches for his mobile phone.

Fewer than 20 percent of adults in the West African nation have a bank account and 26-year-old Diagne says the charges for using his are too high anyway, so he keeps at least 40,000 CFA francs ($82) in his mobile money account for transactions.

Jun 24, 2014

At least 18 killed in attack on northern Nigerian village: police

JOS Nigeria (Reuters) – At least 18 people were killed when gunmen stormed a village in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna overnight, a police spokesman said on Tuesday, the latest in daily bloody attacks that have racked Africa’s most populous country.

The gunmen raided the village in southern Kaduna – part of Nigeria’s volatile “middle belt” where the mostly Christian south and largely Muslim north meet – late on Monday night, spokesman Aminu Lawan told Reuters.

Jun 24, 2014

Gunmen kill 18 in raid on village in Nigeria’s ‘middle belt’

JOS Nigeria (Reuters) – At least 18 people were killed when gunmen stormed a village in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna overnight, a police spokesman said on Tuesday, the latest in daily bloody attacks that have racked Africa’s most populous country.

The gunmen raided the village in southern Kaduna – part of Nigeria’s volatile “middle belt” where the mostly Christian south and largely Muslim north meet – late on Monday night, spokesman Aminu Lawan told Reuters.

Jun 9, 2014

Ageing farmers, low-yield crops hurt Cameroon’s cocoa ambitions

YAOUNDE/DAKAR (Reuters) – Cameroon’s ambition to triple cocoa production and become one of the world’s top three producers within a decade is being hampered by a failure to modernize ageing plantations and attract young farmers to the sector.

Booming consumption, particularly in Asia, is expected to inflate demand for the main ingredient in the $100 billion chocolate industry by about 1 million tonnes, or around a quarter of world production, by 2020.

Jun 9, 2014

Analysis – Ageing farmers, low-yield crops hurt Cameroon’s cocoa ambitions

YAOUNDE/DAKAR (Reuters) – Cameroon’s ambition to triple cocoa production and become one of the world’s top three producers within a decade is being hampered by a failure to modernise ageing plantations and attract young farmers to the sector.

Booming consumption, particularly in Asia, is expected to inflate demand for the main ingredient in the $100 billion (59.5 billion pounds) chocolate industry by about 1 million tonnes, or around a quarter of world production, by 2020.

May 27, 2014

Cameroon sends troops to Nigeria border to tackle Boko Haram

DAKAR (Reuters) – Cameroon has deployed some 1,000 troops and armoured vehicles to its border region with Nigeria as it steps up its military presence to counter a rising threat from Boko Haram Islamist militants, a defence ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.

Boko Haram, which has outraged international opinion with the abduction of some 200 schoolgirls in northern Nigeria seven weeks ago, has also carried out several attacks and kidnappings in northern Cameroon.

May 21, 2014

China demand fuels illegal timber logging in Guinea-Bissau

BUBA, Guinea-Bissau, May 20 (Reuters) – When middlemen for
Chinese traders approached Yusuf Diallo to cut timber from his
farm in Guinea-Bissau, he says he knew he had no choice.
Soldiers had simply threatened his neighbours when they refused.

A clearing dotted with dozens of stumps now marks where lush
tropical forest once stood outside his farmhouse. To one side,
more than 300 logs were stacked, waiting to be removed.

May 16, 2014

Abductions seen as just one factor in coming Nigeria election

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s last-minute decision to cancel his first visit to the village where Islamist rebels abducted more than 200 schoolgirls has sharpened criticism of his handling of the crisis.

Yet the government’s performance since last month’s kidnappings is unlikely to prove decisive for Nigeria’s polarized electorate if Jonathan decides to stand for re-election next February, analysts and voters said on Friday.

May 16, 2014

Paris summit to try to rally region against Nigeria’s Boko Haram

PARIS/ABUJA (Reuters) – West African leaders meet in Paris on Saturday to try to improve cooperation in their fight against the Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls and threatens to destabilize the wider region.

Outrage over the kidnapping has already prompted Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, criticized at home for his government’s slow response, to accept U.S., British and French intelligence help in the hunt for the girls.

    • About Bate

      "Bate Felix is a Dakar-based West & Central Africa Correspondent. He joined Reuters in 2007 as a graduate trainee and has worked in Johannesburg, London, Brussels, Paris and Amsterdam. He now covers economics, politics and general news stories in over a dozen countries in West & Central Africa."
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