A year in fake news in Africa

A year in fake news in Africa

The spread of fake news in Africa has been blamed for igniting ethnic violence, sowing confusion among voters and even causing currency fluctuations. As the BBC launches major new research into fake news in Africa, we break down five false stories that made a big impact on the continent in the past 12 months. 1. […]

Africa's poor road construction can impact the livelihoods of millions of people, here's how Ethiopia plans to fix it

Africa's poor road construction can impact the livelihoods of millions of people, here's how Ethiopia plans to fix it

By Nathanial Matthews, King’s College London and Frank van Steenbergen, Utrecht University One of the fastest growing economies in Africa, Ethiopia, has an ambitious plan to cut a green, sustainable path to becoming a middle-income country by 2025. Along the way, the country faces growing urban migration and rising demand for food – challenges that […]

Memorial service set for Wheaton native who helped sick kids in Africa

Memorial service set for Wheaton native who helped sick kids in Africa

A memorial service has been set for 25-year-old Wheaton native Meghan Liddy, who died of complications from malaria after spending the past five years working on behalf of sick children in Africa. Visitation for Liddy, a 2012 graduate of Wheaton Warrenville South High School, will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, at Wheaton Bible Church […]

Rugby: South Africa fight back to beat France with last-gasp try

Rugby: South Africa fight back to beat France with last-gasp try

South Africa have beaten France with a try deep into injury time to steal a 29-26 victory in Paris on Sunday morning (NZ time). Replacement prop Bongi Mbonambi scored off a lineout drive in the 85th minute to complete their escape from Stade de France. France lead for most of the game, going up 16-9 […]

It's really expensive for Africans to live in their own cities

It's really expensive for Africans to live in their own cities

For the last decade or so, lists of the world’s most expensive cities usually include London, Hong Kong, perhaps New York, and then at least one African city—recently it’s been Luanda, Angola or an unexpected city like N’Djamena, Chad. These reports by international firms are focused on expatriate corporate executives, and their calculations often include […]

Are anti-gay witch hunts really protecting 'African values'?

Are anti-gay witch hunts really protecting 'African values'?

On October 29, governor of Tanzania’s largest city Dar-es-Salaam, Paul Makonda, announced that he formed an anti-gay unit to hunt down “suspected” homosexuals. Makonda is an ardent Christian and close ally of Tanzanian President John Magufuli, a traditionalist who believes “even cows disapprove of” homosexuality. The Tanzanian government distanced itself from Makonda’s latest anti-gay witch-hunt a full five […]

Mozambique opens $785m Chinese built bridge

Mozambique opens $785m Chinese built bridge

By ARNALDO VIEIRAMore by this Author Mozambique has opened $785m Chinese-built Africa’s longest suspension bridge connecting the capital Maputo with the South African border. The infrastructure masterpiece, inaugurated by President Filipe Nyusi on Saturday, will link the two countries by road for the first time. President Nyusi said the bridge was an achievement of the […]