Global News Journal

from Africa News blog:

Will Niger Delta amnesty work?

June 26, 2009

Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua has laid out the details of a 60-day amnesty programme for militants and criminals in the Niger Delta. Under the deal, all gunmen who lay down their weapons during a 60-day period ending in October will be immune from prosecution. The offer extends to those currently being prosecuted for militant-related activities, meaning Henry Okah – the suspected leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) – could also walk free if he agrees to renounce the notion of armed struggle.

from Africa News blog:

A question of scale

May 18, 2009

For days now Britons have been regaled with newspaper stories detailing the dubious expense claims of their Members of Parliament.

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What chance for democracy in Nigeria?

May 6, 2009

Can Nigeria, the so-called “giant of Africa”, live up to its claim of being the biggest democracy in the black world? Not if its latest state governorship election is anything to go by, argue some in Africa’s most populous nation.

Post card from Nigeria

April 29, 2009

This is one in a series of post cards from Reuters correspondents across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

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Africa back to the old ways?

March 18, 2009

The overthrow of Madagascar’s leader may have had nothing to do with events elsewhere in Africa, but after four violent changes of power within eight months the question is bound to arise as to whether the continent is returning to old ways.

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Africa still crying for freedom?

January 16, 2009

“Sub-Saharan Africa: Year of Regression”. That was the heading used by U.S.-based rights group Freedom House in its survey of political freedom in the world published this week.

Ghana’s elections: Dare Africa hope?

December 4, 2008

As Ghanaians get set to elect a new president and parliament on Sunday, there seems to be as much attention on what a new leader will mean for Ghana as on what message Ghana will send the world about the state of Africa today. After a dismal year with elections rigged or marred by violence in Kenya, Zimbabwe and most recently Nigeria, to name but a few, Africa could do with a pick-me-up.

Fighting graft in Africa. Or not.

November 26, 2008

 A little while back, we asked who is and isn’t fighting corruption effectively in Africa. This week, a number of examples bring us back to the subject.

Nigeria: Will someone turn on the lights?

November 12, 2008

Returning to Nigeria for the first time in five years, nothing is more striking than the mobile phones ringing wherever you go.