Ségou is rich in arts and crafts, and has built its famous festival around the performing arts.
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Ségou in Mali has successfully developed its urban cultural economy in ways that's inclusive, sustainable and context-sensitive.
Supporters of vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, symbolized by a crocodile toy, celebrate the end of the Mugabe era in Harare on November 22.
The political crisis in Zimbabwe reveals the shortcomings of African intergovernmental organisations and their (in)capacity to guarantee democratic functioning in the member states.
Cutting back on peace keeping.
Slashing funding will put carefully crafted initiatives at risk – and people will die because of it.
Authenticité survives in the present generation of Congolese musicians like Fally Ipupa (with the red vest).
For many of contemporary Congolese musicians the idea of authenticité was seen as a positive one at a certain level, even though Mobutu abused Congo culture to build his own personality cult.
It's crucial to know the relationship between biodiversity and carbon storage to assess whether carbon-focused conservation will also protect the most biodiverse forests.
Local people at Tendaguru (Tanzania) excavation site in 1909 with Giraffatitan fossils.
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Africa has one of the world's richest fossil records, and evidence suggests that amateurs collected really important fossils long before professionals arrived on the scene.
A protest against President Joseph Kabila. The poster reads: “Kabila must leave without any conditions”.
Attempts to deepen democracy in Africa by limiting presidential terms to two have not entirely quashed a culture of entitlement to rule. Glimpses of it persist, much against citizens' wishes.
Greta Dargie and team fight their way through the forest.
A swampy area the size of England stores as much carbon as 20 years of US fossil fuel emissions.
Supporters of president-elect Adama Barrow celebrate his victory in Banjul, the Gambia.
A peaceful transition in the Gambia, taken together with hints of change in Angola and Zimbabwe, will portend hope that Africa’s democratic renewal is still alive.
Bonobos are separated from chimpanzees by the River Congo, but they share more genes than we thought.
The two species mated 500,000 years ago, leaving a genetic mark to this day. This knowledge could help save them from extinction.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has courageously pursued an enquiry into the mysterious death of Dag Hammarskjöld.
Fifty five years and many inquiries later, the search continues for the truth about the cause of the plane crash in which the UN secretary general and 15 others were killed
The cover of Ray Lema’s album, ‘Nangadeef’.
The Congolese album ‘Nangadeef’ remains largely unexplored, despite its genius. As a rich repository of Afrofuturistic data, it deserves to be delved into by lovers of African art.
Papa Wemba’s coffin at a memorial in Kinshasa on May 3 2016.
Papa Wemba was one of the most active ambassadors of Congolese urban music on the global stage. He did this by fusing international musical styles with authentic Congolese grooves.
Africa’s future looks bright – if it embraces its many innovators.
There are plenty of innovators, scientists and inventors in Africa doing remarkable work today. So why does the myth of Africa being devoid of scientific innovators persist?
Ivorians attend a memorial service for the late Congolese singer Papa Wemba in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 27 April 2016.
Congolese singer Papa Wemba might have been one of Africa's best loved musicians - but his politics wasn't popular with all his compatriots.
Congo’s most famous musician Papa Wemba, performing at a concert in Kinshasa in 2004.
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Popular African musician Papa Wemba, who died recently, has been close to the heartbeat of the continent's music. His influence will continue long after his death.
James Brown fans Bamako.
Utopianism is a neglected prism through which to view Africa. It is the space where the intricacies of decolonisation and independence can be properly comprehended.
A Nigerien voter makes his feelings felt.
African elections and referendums are still a heady mixture of the graceful and the shameless.
The annual ‘Living Landscapes’ procession is aimed at raising awareness of the Cedarberg’s KhoiSan cultural heritage.
Human population groups worldwide are highly homogeneous genetically. They are in fact 99.5% similar and their anatomical features vary in an uncorrelated fashion over the landscape.
A truck bearing the image of Uganda’s President Museveni.
Regular changes of government through free and fair elections that reflect the wishes of the majority of citizens are a critical component of democratisation. But how significant are polls in Africa?