West Africa

President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana

Coronavirus: Parts of Ghana locked down

Ghana’s parliament passed a new law that gives the president the power to order such lockdown.

Journalist, Ignace Sossou, 31, has been in prison since 20 December 2019

‘Outrageous, unjustified:’ Lawyers take journalist’s imprisonment to the UN

Last month, lawyers for Sossou filed a complaint against the Government of Benin with the United Nations’ working group on arbitrary detention.

Security forces are seen in Niamey, Niger, on March 15, 2020. Police recently arrested journalist Kaka Touda Mamane Goni over his posts on social media about the COVID-19 pandemic. (AFP/Boureima Hama)

Journalist arrested, detained over COVID-19 report

Authorities say the journalist was arrested because his report caused patients to run away from a hospital

Map of Ghana

Ghana mulls lockdown as coronavirus count doubles

“Lockdown is a must now. Only medical facilities should be opened,” a Twitter user said.

President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana

Coronavirus: Ghana confirms one death, closes all borders

“All our borders, that is, by land, sea and air, will be closed to human traffic,” the Ghanaian president said.

Burkina Faso on map used to illustrate the story.

Coronavirus: Burkina Faso records first death from sub-Saharan Africa

Burkina has a total of 20 confirmed cases and one death.

Ghana on map

Ghana bans cluster gatherings in churches, mosques as COVID-19 cases increase

The president further directed that all schools, including universities and basic schools, be closed down from Monday.

Ghana Airport [PHOTO CREDIT: TheFisayo]

Coronavirus: Ghana bans travellers from countries with many cases

The advisory strongly discouraged all travels to Ghana from such countries.

Liberian police used to tell the story. [PHOTO CREDIT: AllAfrica.com]

Liberian journalist arrested over Facebook posts

Mr Akoi has over 1,300 followers on his Facebook page, where he posts stories and commentary on local news.

Map of Gabon [Photo: Pinterest]

Gabon confirms first case of coronavirus

Gabon’s government said its index case was a 27-year-old national who had returned from France.

Coronavirus [PHOTO CREDIT: FDA]

Ghana confirms two cases of COVID-19

The two are the first confirmed cases of the COVID-19 in Ghana after some 57 suspected cases previously tested negative.

ECOWAS-HQ in Nigeria. constructionreviewonline.com

ECOWAS Parliament: S/Leonean emerges Speaker, Nigerian clinches deputy

The speakership of the Parliament is rotated among countries in alphabetical order, hence it went from Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and now Sierra Leone.

Drogba, others help Côte d’Ivoire raise $15 billion MOU

Forum de l’Investissement Hotelier Africain (FIHA) conference will discuss how to spend it.

The Chairman of ECOWAS Authority and Togolese President, Faure Gnassingbe Eyadema. [Photo credit: The Guardian]

Togo Opposition kicks as Gnassingbe is re-elected president

Mr Glassingbe’s win, if confirmed, will give him a fourth five-year term and extend a family dynasty that began when his father took power in a 1967 coup.

Burkina Faso on map used to illustrate the story.

Gunmen kill 24 in attack on Burkina Faso church

The attack on the church in northwestern Burkina Faso occurred during Sunday service.

Ghana An abandoned rosewood processing area

SPECIAL REPORT: Inside the illegal logging of rosewood in Ghana

The records from Ghana says between 2010 and 2018, 506,199 cubic meters of wood was exported to China, but the Chinese records show that the country imported 953,827 cubic metres from Ghana, leaving an unaccounted 447628 cubic metres of rosewood.

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

USAID launches $60 million for West Africa trade, investment hub

USAID says the West Africa trade would last over the next five years and attract private sector investment of an estimated $300 million.

Gambia arrests 137 protesters urging president Barrow to step down

Mr Barrow came to power after the 2016 election, ending 22 years of authoritarian rule by Yahya Jammeh.

Equatorial Guinea speeds up investment drive with Nigerian investors

The delegation from Equatorial Guinea met with several Nigerian executives from the Africa Finance Corporation, Polaris Bank, Sterling Bank, First Bank, UBA and Zenith Bank.

Nigerien President President Mahamadou Issoufou

Nigerien president sacks army chief

The army chief was sacked after two of the country’s deadliest attacks in living memory killed at least 160 soldiers.

A Sierra Leone Policeman guards a road block forming part of a three day country wide lockdown on movement of people due to the Ebola virus in the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Friday, March. 27, 2015. Sierra Leone's 6 million people were told to stay home for three days, except for religious services, beginning Friday as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff)

Journalists threatened, assaulted while covering local politician in Sierra Leone

The attack took place at Jalloh’s home in Sierra Leone’s northern Bendugu village.

Ghana-Central-Bank. [Photo credit: Independent Newspapers Nigeria]

Why we introduced higher cedi denominations – Bank of Ghana

The Ghanaian apex bank in November 2019 introduced higher denominations of its local currency.

Alassane Ouattara (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Cote d’Ivoire militia leader gets 20 years jail sentence for role in civil war

Charles Ble-Coude was sentenced in absentia by a court in Abidjan.

Ghana-Police

China donates 100 police vehicles to Ghana

The Chinese ambassador says the vehicles were donated to protect both Ghanaian people and foreign investors.

ECOWAS-Court

ECOWAS Presidents adopt $2.3bn budget to counter regional insecurity

According to the communiqué, the ECOWAS Authority agreed that out of the $2.3 billion, $1 billion would be financed from internal funds.