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France ‘to reduce troops’ to Make Way for Stronger European Presence in Sahel

Paris to withdraw several hundred troops to make way for stronger European presence in conflict-hit region, sources say. Less than a year after sending hundreds of extra troops to the Sahel, France is hoping to cut back its military presence in the restive region to make room for a stronger European

How popular is China in Africa? New survey sheds light on what ordinary people think

By  Folashade Soule, University of Oxford, and Edem E. Selormey, Centre for Democratic Development Ghana It’s been 20 years since the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation was first held. Another summit is planned for September 2021 in Dakar, Senegal. Meanwhile, Chinese and African officials are reviewing and reflecting on their two-decade relationship. China’s growing engagement with Africa has

Transcorp Hilton Named Africa’s Leading Business Hotel for the 6th Year

*Wins Four Awards at 2020 World Travel Awards Godsgift Onyedinefu Transcorp Hilton Abuja has been honoured with four awards including Africa’s Leading Business Hotel for the sixth consecutive year at the 27th annual World Travel Awards. The hotel, which is owned by Transcorp Hotels Plc, the hospitality subsidiary of Transnational Corporation of

Like in Africa, Chinese Are Buying Up America

Editors Note: There is growing concern in Africa of gradual but sustained encroachment of China into the socio-political and economic structures of the continent. In Nigeria, there was also apprehension over the controversial clause inserted into the Chinese loan that allegedly threatens the soeveringty of the country. It however, seems

Scorned by Trump, many Nigerians love him all the same

By Angela Ukomadu, Libby George Hundreds of men and women marched, clad in T-shirts supporting U.S. President Donald Trump or pink fabric dresses bearing the image of Jesus, as they waved American flags, Republican presidential campaign signs, and even a few Nigerian flags. The rally, after all, was in Onitsha, a city in eastern

Counter-terrorism in Africa must adapt to new realities

As the terror threat grows and spreads, could a special unit in the African Standby Force help?By Shewit WoldemichaelAfrica experienced 1 168 terrorist attacks from January to August 2020 – 18% more than the 982 incidents in the same period in 2019. Years after numerous counter-terrorism operations were deployed, including the African

China’s Multifaceted COVID-19 Diplomacy Across Africa

*China’s COVID-19 aid to African states comes from a diverse array of actors, with equally diverse motives. By R. Maxwell Bone & Ferdinando Cinotto In the first several months after the first case of the new coronavirus was confirmed in the city of Wuhan, some speculated that relations between China and Africa would

West African Oil Fortunes Diverge Along With Europe and China

By Bill Lehane  For a glimpse of the growing disparity in the oil market’s recovery, look at crude sales from West Africa. Nigeria, the region’s biggest producer, has slashed prices while struggling to attract buyers in Europe, its main export market where demand is faltering. Meanwhile, Angola -- closely linked to China

China backs Nigerian for WTO, but US veto sows chaos

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala recommended to lead the World Trade Organization (WTO) by Geneva officials, with backing from Africa, Europe, Japan and ChinaBut with the US throwing its weight behind South Korean candidate Yoo Myung-hee, there is a potential for deadlock By Finbarr Bermingham The World Trade Organization (WTO) moved a step closer to