Africa

Malawi’s Vice President, Saulos Chilima, Killed in Plane Crash

The president of Malawi said Tuesday that the country’s vice president had been killed in a plane crash a day earlier that had prompted a massive search effort. The plane…

Aircraft Carrying Malawi’s Vice President Is Missing

A search is underway for a missing aircraft carrying the vice president of the southeastern African country of Malawi and nine other people, the country’s government said on Monday. Vice…

Aircraft Carrying Malawi’s Vice President Is Missing

A search is underway for a missing aircraft carrying the vice president of the southeastern African country of Malawi and nine other people, the country’s government said on Monday. Vice…

White Politician Poised for Power Faces Hurdle in South Africa

Nine months ago, John Steenhuisen, who leads South Africa’s second-largest political party, the Democratic Alliance, stood before news cameras and signed an agreement not to work with the long-governing party,…

U.S. Confronts Failures as Terrorism Spreads in West Africa

In the shadow of the Sept. 11 attacks, the United States rushed troops and military aid to a swath of West Africa to help French forces stop the spread of…

Children Among Dozens Killed in Attack on Sudanese Village

A gun and artillery assault by Sudanese paramilitaries on a village in Sudan’s main farming region killed at least 104 people, including dozens of children, Sudanese pro-democracy activists said. The…

South Africa’s President Announces Intent to Form National Unity Government

Days after his African National Congress party faced historic losses at the polls, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa said on Thursday that he will seek to form a government…

Famine Looms in Sudan as Civil War Pushes Capital Toward Abyss

Families ate from a communal kitchen and fetched water from the Nile, he said, showing us around a mosque, a well-stocked pharmacy and apartments. His followers helped bury the dead,…

5 Minutes That Will Make You Love South African Jazz

Listen on YouTube ◆ ◆ ◆ Mandla Mlangeni, trumpeter Malcolm Jiyane Tree-O, “Life Esidimeni” “Life Esidimeni,” from trombonist Malcolm Jiyane’s debut album, “Umdali,” weaves together a story of those forgotten…

Rwanda’s 2024 Election: What to Know

Why does this election matter? Rwanda’s presidential and parliamentary elections this year are taking place three decades after the genocide in which some 800,000 people were killed. President Paul Kagame,…

Jacob Zuma Gets His Revenge on South African Party That Shunned Him

Jacob Zuma’s political career could have ended when he was forced to resign six years ago as South Africa’s president over corruption allegations. Or it could have ended when he…

What’s Next for South Africa After Voters Rebuked Its Reigning Party?

South Africa is headed for big change. Precisely what that change looks like, and whether it will alleviate the many hardships that South Africans face, remains the million-dollar question. The…

The Nigerian Filmmaker Daniel Oriahi Seeks to Elevate Nollywood

The bustling Nigerian film industry known as Nollywood certainly keeps directors busy: In the past decade, Daniel Oriahi has made over 25 movies. But the filmmaker hit a new career…

Why South African Voters Turned Against the A.N.C.

A bell tolled on TV, signaling a shift in the results tallied so far. From their home in northern Johannesburg, the Mathivha family celebrated the latest update: with the majority…

South African Voters Reject the Party That Freed Them From Apartheid

The African National Congress lost its political stranglehold on South Africa after election results on Saturday showed that with almost all of the votes counted, the party had received only…

He’s Obsessed With Sports and Politics. His Novels Are, Too.

Yet as much as O’Neill draws from contemporary life in his fiction, he sees a distinction between his novels and short stories and his essays. His books “are inevitably political,…

South Africans Turn Away from A.N.C. in Early Election Results

South Africans were on edge Thursday as votes trickled in from a tight national election, with early returns showing poor results for the African National Congress, the party that has…

Delays and Allegations Complicate the Dakar Biennale

Artists were putting the final touches to their works. Visitors had bought tickets long in advance. Everyone was counting on a big splash for the 15th edition of the event…

The Full Guest List for Biden’s State Dinner With Kenya

The White House invited more than 450 guests to the state dinner hosted by President Biden for President William Ruto on Thursday night, including business executives, musicians, leaders of the…

Barry Kemp, Who Unearthed Insights About Ancient Egypt, Dies at 84

Barry Kemp, an archaeologist whose decades of painstaking digging at the abandoned capital of a mysterious pharaoh helped revolutionize our understanding of how everyday ancient Egyptians lived, worked and worshiped,…

South Africans Vote, Many Hoping for Change as Seismic as Mandela’s Rise

Tension, excitement and uncertainty consumed South Africa on Wednesday as millions cast their ballots in an election that could end the monopoly on power of the African National Congress, the…

Can South Africa’s Opposition Parties Break Through?

Papi Mazibuko, a 50-year-old library assistant, decided it was time to switch teams and vote for the Democratic Alliance, the leading opposition party in the national elections in South Africa…

South Africa’s Black Elites Sour on the President They Championed

Cyril Ramaphosa ascended to the presidency of South Africa several years ago carrying the excitement and optimism of the country’s rising Black professionals, who saw themselves in him: a measured…

South Africa’s Young Democracy Leaves Its Young Voters Disillusioned

At the dawn of South Africa’s democracy after the fall of the racist apartheid government, millions lined up before sunrise to cast their ballots in the country’s first free and…