Phyllis Omido risks her life to end lead pollution in a Kenyan village

On a hot afternoon at a sprawling settlement on the outskirts of Mombasa, Phyllis Omido makes her rounds.

Nigeria Senate invasion: Mace found dumped under flyover

A mace stolen from Nigeria’s Senate floor Wednesday has been found under a flyover in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.

Nigerian Senate was on high alert after armed men interrupted a session

The Nigerian Senate was on high alert Wednesday after armed men interrupted a session at Nigeria’s parliament, stealing its mace.

Mugabe is gone and people can now say anything about him

A new satirical play, “Operation Restore Regasi,” based on the end days of Mugabe’s 37-year rule, packed out theaters in Harare.

More than 200 child soldiers freed in South Sudan

More than 200 child soldiers have been freed in South Sudan, according to UNICEF.

New tech revolutionizes fight against old diseases

On the second floor of an infectious-disease research facility in this African capital, Dr. Joseph Kamgno, the country’s leading expert on parasitic roundworms, stood at his desk staring down at the black hard-shelled case that had just arrived from a bioengineering lab at the University of California-Berkeley.

How cheap Chinese fish imports have hooked buyers

Over the past few decades Kenyan fishing has rapidly declined, and imports of fish from China have captured the market.

11 lions are killed in a suspected poison attack, dealing a major blow to conservation efforts

Lions are in peril. They’re losing their natural habitats. They’re being poached to death. And, in Africa, their population has declined 90% in the last 75 years.

Nigeria’s President Buhari to meet Trump April 30

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will meet with United States President Donald Trump at the end of the month, the White House said.

South Africans mourn Winnie Mandela in a massive funeral

South Africans will say goodbye to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on Saturday at a state funeral for the woman hailed as the mother of the nation because of her fight against apartheid.

Gunmen kill 26 in northern Nigeria’s Zamfara state

A group of bandits attacked mining communities in Nigeria Zamfara state killing 26 people, officials say.

Tanzanian govt demands $930 fee from bloggers

As part of sweeping new internet regulations, the Tanzanian government has introduced a $930 fee for those wanting to have an online blog.

Deadly bomb attack targets Somalia soccer crowd

At least five people have been killed and 10 others injured after a bomb was detonated during a soccer game in Somalia’s port city of Barawe, a local official said.

Opinion: Why Winnie Mandela must be celebrated as an African feminist icon

The struggle for racial equality in South Africa was not necessarily fought on Robben Island where Nelson Mandela and other prominent political activists spent the better part of 27 years.

Malawi cholera outbreak kills 30

At least 30 people have died in a cholera outbreak in Malawi, official says.

John Boyega: Hollywood is now ready to tell African stories

British-Nigerian actor John Boyega has said the success of the “Black Panther” movie means Hollywood wants to produce more African stories.

Kenya’s quest for historic Commonwealth gold

Kenya has never won a team event at the Commonwealth Games — away from the track — and its best chance to claim its first could be in this year’s rugby sevens competition.

Algerian military plane crash kills 257 people

An Algerian military plane crashed Wednesday southwest of the capital, Algiers, the country’s official news agency APS reports.

Crowds celebrate Winnie Mandela’s life at Soweto memorial service

Thousands of mourners gathered Wednesday in South Africa for a public memorial service for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the anti-apartheid campaigner and former wife of the late President Nelson Mandela.

Tanzania takes historic step to save dwindling elephant population

The Tanzanian government, with support from the WWF, have launched the country’s largest ever elephant collaring effort to protect the population from poaching.

Nigerian man caught with $400,000 counterfeit bills

A Nigerian man was arrested for alleged possession of $400,000 counterfeit bills, Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency said Tuesday.

Caster Semenya cruises to 1500m gold as South African gold rush continues

Wayde van Niekerk might not be competing in this year’s Commonwealth Games due to injury, but South Africa are managing pretty well on the track without him.

I went from rural Nigeria to an MIT-backed startup — with a Nokia phone

I’m a 19-year-old developer at an MIT-backed startup called dot Learn in Lagos, living in the bustle of Nigeria’s largest city. But until recently my life was quite different.

Two Nigerian women get married and sit final year exams all in one day

Get married. Do final year exams. Celebrate!

Ghana to investigate death of six mine workers

Government will probe the death of six workers involved in a gold mine accident in southern Ghana, minister says.

President Buhari to seek second term

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will seek re-election in the country’s 2019 elections

Liberia’s promising future is a symbol of international solidarity

Gwendolyn Myers, founder of Liberia’s Messengers of Peace civil society organization, and Jefferson Koijee, youngest-ever mayor of Monrovia, were born after the outbreak of war in their country 28 years ago. Like most of Liberia’s young people, who make up the majority of the country’s population, they have known only…

Nigeria’s Buhari rejects another free trade agreement

Nigeria’s President Buhari refuses to sign West Africa-EU free trade agreement. It follows Nigeria’s decision earlier this year not to join the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.

Big crack is evidence that East Africa could be splitting in two

A large crack, stretching several kilometres, made a sudden appearance recently in south-western Kenya.