Many girls in Dar es Salaam’s slums drop out of school because of the costs involved.
Creating more opportunities for young women and girls to work and earn money is a possible solution to early marriages. Subsidising secondary education to keep poorer girls in school is another.
The Taung child (foreground) was the first of a long series of human ancestors discovered in Africa.
Recent research suggests that humankind's origins lay outside of Africa. This is the nature of science: a paradigm that cannot be questioned on a regular basis becomes a dogma.
A family waves the flag of Chad’s ruling party.
Evidence doesn't support the Trump administration's claims that Chad failed to share information or that its citizens are an identifiable threat.
European Commission DG ECHO / flickr
Poverty and conflict mean the nation is struggling to deal with rising temperatures.
Former Chadian President Hissène Habré defiant as he leaves court in Dakar in 2005.
Former Chadian president Hissène Habré's fate will be sealed by the appeals judgment in a part domestic and international trial bringing closure to victims and human rights champions after a 20 years.
Burundian refugees wait at the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Kagunga village in Kigoma region, western Tanzania.
Several countries across Africa are overburdened by a lack of space and financial support for refugees.
Armed men protecting their livestock from rivals in a dry northern Kenya region which borders South Sudan and Uganda.
Ending a war is not enough. The challenge for post-conflict situations in Africa is to escape the inter-war lawlessness maintained and reproduced by groups that have access to arms.
Participants in the Finote Hiwot project to end child, early and forced marriage in Ethiopia.
Department for International Development/Jessica Lea
A number of African states are taking positive steps to combat violence against girls and child marriage. But social and cultural barriers can nullify national laws and strategies.
A pastoralist refugee in Cameroon.
The marked increase in the number of Nigerian pastoralists fleeing Boko Haram terror in northeastern Nigeria last year reflects a trend that started three years ago.
Voting proceeded peacefully in N’Djaména.
Advanced electoral technology could actually work against democracy in the wrong hands.
A young girl from Kenya’s Pokot tribe weeps as she’s led away from her home by her future husband’s family.
Education can be a powerful tool to stop the practice of child marriage. It empowers girls, and their success can ultimately boost their communities.
France’s relationships with its former African colonies has become ambivalent.
French and African presidents have, in the past, entertained close relationships outside official channels. These often included illegitimate exchanges. But there are signs that this is changing.
Former Chadian leader Hissène Habré reacts as he is escorted by Senegalese police into the Palais de Justice in Dakar, Senegal, on July 20. He is accused of crimes against humanity and mass murder.
Former Chadian President Hissène Habré's disruption of his trial, questioning its authority over him, is a tried and tested defence strategy used by revolutionaries and rulers for eons.
Former Chadian leader Hissene Habre reacts as he is escorted in to stand trial by Senegalese police at the Palais de Justice in Dakar, Senegal.
The commitment of African countries and the African Union in bringing the trial of former Chadian strongman Hissène Habré to fruition is unprecedented.
The scene in Zaria.
A week of carnage across northern Nigeria proves Boko Haram is alive and well. Can the Nigerian army get its act together?
The audio message has been attributed to Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau.
It's propaganda for sure but getting the Nigerian group on board does the caliphate no harm.
The well-respected Chadian military has entered Cameroon.
Suspected Boko Haram militants have attacked Northern Cameroon in another escalation of their now regional war against Nigeria, Cameron, Chad and Niger. In a cross-border attack, the militants kidnapped…
Is the sun setting on West African oil? A platform in Limbe, Cameroon.
After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the US made a point of diversifying its sources of oil to reduce dependence on the Middle East. It was a strategic move which promised a huge boost to West African…
A fight on her hands: CAR’s interim president, Catherine Samba-Panza.
More than 2,000 people are feared killed since violence intensified in the Central African Republic (CAR) in early December of last year. Much of the violence erupted between the Séléka alliance of armed…
Get with it: AU chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma (left).
When the South African president, Jacob Zuma, returned from the African Union summit last weekend, his press statement said almost nothing that could not have been written before he left. The summit decided…