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Senegal’s leader wasn't born when ECOWAS was founded. He's asked to reunite the bloc split by coups

Jul. 08, 2024 08:41 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Senegal’s President Basirou Diomaye Faye, Africa's youngest, is suddenly faced with a huge challenge of reuniting a weakened regional bloc that is older than him. The 44-year-old Faye was tasked on Sunday with getting the military junta-ruled Mali, Niger and...

A weakened West Africa bloc asks Senegalese leader to try to convince breakaway states to return

Jul. 07, 2024 14:41 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — West Africa’s divided regional bloc Sunday asked Senegal’s President Basirou Diomaye Faye to have a dialogue with the three military junta-led member states to try to reunite the region whose stability has been under threat following their decision to leave the group in...

Nigeria claims it has degraded extremists. New suicide bombings suggest they remain potent

Jul. 06, 2024 04:05 AM EDT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — For the first time since 2020, three female suicide bombers attacked the Nigerian border town of Gwoza, where Boko Haram extremists declared a short-lived caliphate 10 years ago, signaling that the world's longest war on militancy is still ongoing. This...

Millions in Nigeria have little to no electricity. It's straining businesses and public services

Jul. 01, 2024 11:26 AM EDT

IBADAN, Nigeria (AP) — Dimly lit and stuffy classrooms stir with life every morning as children file in. Rays of sunlight stream through wooden windows, the only source of light. Pupils squint at their books and intermittently the blackboard as teachers try to hold their attention. ...

West African defense chiefs propose a $2.6 billion security plan that analysts say might not work

Jun. 27, 2024 09:36 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Defense chiefs of West Africa on Thursday proposed an ambitious plan to deploy a 5,000-strong “standby force” to fight the region’s worsening security crises, a measure that analysts say might not work due to challenges of funding and division within the regional bloc....

It was meant to be a Christian utopia. Now this Nigerian community is helpless against rising seas

Jun. 23, 2024 20:53 PM EDT

AYETORO, Nigeria (AP) — The coastal Nigerian community of Ayetoro was founded decades ago and nicknamed “Happy City,” meant to be a Christian utopia that would be sinless and classless. But now its remaining residents can do little against the rising sea. Buildings have sunk...

Coup-hit Niger was betting on a China-backed oil pipeline as a lifeline. Then the troubles began

Jun. 23, 2024 01:15 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A China-backed pipeline that would make Niger an oil-exporting country is being threatened by an internal security crisis and a diplomatic dispute with neighoring Benin, both as a result of last year’s coup that toppled the West African nation’s democratic government. ...

Ramaphosa is sworn in for a second term as South Africa's president with help from coalition parties

Jun. 19, 2024 13:28 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in for a second term as South Africa's president on Wednesday in a ceremony in the administrative capital, Pretoria, after his reelection with the help from a coalition of parties, a first in the country's 30-year rule. Ramaphosa is...

Nigeria bets on a new $2.25B World Bank loan to support reforms that have resulted in hardship

Jun. 14, 2024 19:08 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The World Bank has approved a $2.25 billion loan for Nigeria to shore up revenue and support economic reforms that have contributed to the worst cost-of-living crisis in many years for Africa’s most populous country. The bank said in a statement late...

A report says women were abused in Nigerian military cells after fleeing Boko Haram captivity

Jun. 10, 2024 11:38 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Dozens of women and young girls have been unlawfully detained and abused in Nigerian military detention facilities after escaping captivity by Boko Haram extremists in the country’s northeast, Amnesty International said in a new report on Monday. Some of the...