April 28, 2018


The President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Mr. Jean-Claude Kassi Brou is among the leading figures who are billed to speak at the sideline event of the High-Level Meeting on sustainable peace, on the 25th of April 2018 in New York, U.S.A The sideline event is to be hosted by the government of Switzerland in Collaboration with ECOWAS, the Group of Most Developed Countries (G7), the United Nations Peace building Support Office as well as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in association with the Center for International Cooperation and Institute for Security Studies. The leaders are to discuss majorly: Sustaining Peace in Action–Windows of Opportunity to Build More Peaceful, Just and Inclusive societies. Among other objectives, the sideline meeting is expected to draw on national experiences in exploring windows of opportunity for sustaining peace. It will also explore how countries identify, assess, and prioritize risks, ..
April 28, 2018


A two-day Experts’ meeting on Herders-Farmers conflicts started in Abuja on Tuesday, 24th April, 2018. It was attended by delegates from ECOWAS Members States, as well as Mauritania, Chad and Central African Republic. Experts from the concerned countries as well as other stakeholders are meeting to propose solutions to address the challenges posed by conflicts between Farmers and Herders in the region ahead of the ECOWAS Ministers of Security and Agriculture/Animal Resources meeting on Thursday, 26th April, 2018. In his speech at the opening ceremony, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr. Sékou Sangaré, highlighted the complex factors presently complicating conflict between the concerned parties and noting that the “21st century demands continuous structural transformation of animal husbandry”. Mr. Sangaré added that the meeting will provide ECOWAS the opportunity to tap from the experiences of participants in order to improv..
April 28, 2018


Proposals and recommendations for peaceful resolution of conflicts between farmers and herders in the Community will be submitted to the Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at their next session in Lomé, Togo. This was stated by the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, in a statement by his Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, at the opening on Thursday 26 April 2018, in Abuja, Nigeria, of the joint high-level meeting of Ministers of Security and Agriculture/Animal Resources from ECOWAS, Cameroon, Chad, Mauritania and the Central African Republic on pastoralism and cross-border transhumance. He welcomed the joint initiative of his country and ECOWAS to hold this meeting aimed at finding lasting solutions to the escalating conflicts between herders and farmers in the Community and other African regions. In the words of Yemi Osinbajo, and Nigeria’s Interior Minister, Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (Rtd), these conflicts have too often p..
April 28, 2018


The President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, and the Regional Director “Sub-saharan Africa Department”, French Development Agency (AFD), Philippe Chedanne, signed a subsidy agreement for integration and security of livestock farming and pastoralism in West Africa. The event took place on 26 April 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria, in the presence of Denys Gauer, the French Ambassador to Nigeria. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the high-level meeting of Ministers of Security and Agriculture/Animal Resources from ECOWAS Member States, Cameroon, Chad, Mauritania and the Central African Republic, on pastoralism and cross-border transhumance. The purpose of the meeting was to propose concrete and lasting solutions to the current challenges facing pastoralism in the region. The “Integrated and Sustainable Livestock Farming and Pastoralism in West Africa” project (PEPISAO), financed by AFD, aims to ease conflict among ..
April 28, 2018


Representatives of Member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have begun consultations towards their eventual validation of the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework (ECPF) Action Plans 2018-2020. The Consultative Workshop holding in Lagos, Nigeria from the 25th to the 26th of April 2018, is meant to identify and strengthen the roles of Member States in supporting ECOWAS interventions during the implementation of the Plans of Action (PoA) while increasing regional collaboration in the prevention of conflicts as well as the promotion and consolidation of human security in West Africa. Welcoming participants to the Workshop, the ECOWAS Commission’s Director Political Affairs, Dr. Remi Ajibewa stated that the ongoing effort is part of the initiatives aimed at strengthening the level of preparedness and response to conflict situations by the ECOWAS Commission, Member States, Civil Society and external partners. Addressing Representatives of Member States who..
April 28, 2018

Elizabeth Ohene: Why did Swaziland take 50 years to change its name?

Letter from Africa: Why did Swaziland take 50 years to change its name? Image copyright AFP In our series of letters from African journalists, Ghanaian writer Elizabeth Ohene explains why she backs the Swazi monarch's move to rename his country. As the 50th birthday of King Mswati III approached on 19 April 2018, all indications pointed towards something dramatic taking place. King Mswati being who he is, many speculated he might outdo himself and marry two or three new brides at once rather than adding just one to the 13 he already had, as is his normal practice. The king had wanted his country to celebrate its 50th independence anniversary on his birthday even though independence was won on 6 September 1968. Clearly King Mswati wanted to leave no doubts in anybody's mind that he himself was the state. After all he and the state came into being in the same year, 1968, and they would celebrate their golden jubilee together. As things turned out, the big announcement had ..
April 28, 2018

Africa’s year in pictures 2017

Africa's year in pictures 2017 A selection of the best photos from across and about Africa this year: Image copyright Daniel Irungu/EPA Image caption In January, young ballerinas prepare for a lesson at Spurgeons Academy, which provides free education to more than 425 orphans and less privileged children from Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya. Image copyright EPA Image caption The same month, a group of boys warm up to play football on a beach in the West Point neighbourhood of Liberia's capital, Monrovia. Image copyright AFP Image caption The top tier of a cake baked for former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's 93rd birthday is decorated with his portrait by his staff in February. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Refugees queue at a UN hot-meal point in Kuluba the same month. The UN says more than one million South Sudanese have taken refuge in Uganda since civil war erupted in December 2013, with at least 100,000 entering this year. Image copyright AFP Image caption..
April 28, 2018

In pictures: Africa’s first AfroPunk festival

In pictures: Africa's first AfroPunk festival Thousands of people attended the first AfroPunk festival to be held on the continent. The celebration of alternative black culture was held in the South African city of Johannesburg recently. Image copyright Setumo-Thebe Mohlomi The festival describes itself as "a blank space to freak out in, to construct a new reality, to live your life as you see fit, while making sense of the world around you". Image copyright Setumo-Thebe Mohlomi For years the festival has been a space for Africans in the diaspora to explore their heritage. So some described its first appearance in Africa as a homecoming. AfroPunk was first held in New York in 2005, and was started by people who felt marginalised by both mainstream black and pop cultures. They drew heavily on the rebellious spirit of punk. Image copyright Setumo-Thebe Mohlomi It has since become a global movement, and has been held in Atlanta, Paris and London. Image copyright Setumo-Thebe M..
April 28, 2018

Memories and beauty captured in Africa

Memories and beauty captured in Africa Memory is among the themes featuring at the African Biennale of Photography in Mali's capital, Bamako: Image copyright Athi-Patra Ruga Image caption Miss Azania - Exile is Waiting is the work of South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga, who uses myth and alternative identities "as a contemporary response to the post-apartheid era". Image copyright Fototala King Massassy Image caption The only Malian to be included in the collection, Fototala King Massassy, puts this down to generations of Malian photographers "tending to fall back on tradition". Image copyright Sarah Waiswa Image caption Stranger in a Familiar Land is the work of Uganda's Sarah Waiswa, who says she left a job in the corporate world to follow her passion for "creating visual poetry". Image copyright Girma Berta Image caption "The beautiful, the ugly and all that is in between" are what 27-year-old self-taught photographer Girma Berta says he tries to capture in his work. Im..
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