Nigeria schools: Kaduna primary teachers fail pupils’ exam

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kaduna will iron out discrepancies in teacher-pupil ratios, the governor says Thousands of primary school teachers in Nigeria’s northern Kaduna state are to be sacked after failing the exams they set for their six-year-old pupils. State governor Nasir El-Rufai said 21,780 teachers, two-thirds of the total, had failed to […]

Malawi curfew over ‘vampire’ killings

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The killings have caused the president “grave concern” At least five people have been killed in southern Malawi after they were accused of behaving like vampires. The UN says it has pulled staff out of two districts as the vampire scare sweeps across the south of the country. According to […]

Liberia votes to choose Ellen Johnson Sirleaf successor

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The election will be the third since conflict ended in 2003 Liberians are going to the polls to choose a successor to Africa’s first elected female president and Nobel Peace laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Ex-football star George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai are the main contenders in the race to […]

Liberia set to vote in poll to choose Ellen Johnson Sirleaf successor

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The election will be the third since conflict ended in 2003 Liberians are set to go to the polls to choose a successor to Africa’s first elected female president and Nobel Peace laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Ex-football star George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai are the main contenders in the […]

Boko Haram suspects on trial in Nigeria’s Kainji town

Image copyright AFP/Boko Haram Image caption Boko Haram is fighting to create an Islamic state in the region The first in a series of trials of more than 6,600 people, accused of being members of militant Islamist group Boko Haram, has opened in Nigeria. The trials are being held in secret by civilian court judges […]

Namibia: More than 100 hippos die in suspected anthrax outbreak

Image copyright AFP Image caption Namibia was home to 1,300 hippos before this outbreak (photo from South Africa) More than 100 hippos have been found dead in a Namibian national park, with authorities suspecting anthrax could be to blame. The animals are believed to have all died in the last week in the remote Bwabwata […]

Tunisia health minister Slim Chaker dies after charity run

Image copyright AFP Image caption Slim Chaker became health minister only last month Tunisia’s health minister has died of a heart attack after taking part in a charity marathon to help fight cancer. Slim Chaker, 56, fell ill after running some 500 metres, and died in a military hospital, the health ministry said. Prime Minister […]

Ghana’s capital rocked by huge gas blasts

Media captionFootage from the explosion in Ghana Huge explosions have rocked a fuel depot in Ghana’s capital Accra, leaving at least seven people dead. The blasts sent a giant fireball into the sky and forced residents to flee the Atomic Junction area, in the north-east of the city, officials say. The incident happened at about […]

Madagascar plague: WHO in huge release of antibiotics

Image copyright AFP Image caption The authorities are launching a major drive to combat plague in Antananarivo and have set up checkpoints in the city More than a million doses of antibiotics have been delivered by the World Health Organization to fight an outbreak of plague in Madagascar which has killed at least 33 people. […]

Zimbabwe succession row: Grace Mugabe warns of coup plot

Image copyright AFP Image caption Zanu-PF appears split between supporters of Grace Mugabe and Emmerson Mnangagwa Zimbabwe’s First Lady Grace Mugabe has warned of a possible coup plot amid growing tensions in the fight to succeed her husband. She says allies of Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa are threatening the lives of those who don’t support him […]