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Alarmed by a rapid spread of Lassa fever, the Nigerian Academy of Science is calling on government to declare a health emergency. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images

Lassa fever: why there’s a call to declare a health emergency in Nigeria

Concerned about rising cases and spread of Lassa fever, the Nigerian Academy of Science has called on government to declare it a national health emergency.
A statue of Mau Mau leader Dedan Kimathi, who was killed in 1957. K. Gituma/Wikimedia

Why Kenya’s Mau Mau gave up their fight

The resilient Mau Mau freedom fighters failed to maintain revolutionary action after independence.
Peter Mutharika during his inauguration as the President of Malawi last May. A court has annnulled his election. Amos Gumulira/AFP via Getty Images

Will bold landmark election ruling improve Malawian democracy?

Will the same electoral commission, so heavily criticised in the court’s ruling, improve its capacity and arrange more credible elections?
Traditional medicines sold at a South African market. Rebecca and William Beinart

The story of the pharma giant and the African yam

In the 1950s, the African yam was exploited by drugs firm Boots to produce cortisone. But South Africans fought back against the plundering of a plant that they used for traditional healing.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends the opening of the new Turkish embassy in Mogadishu in June 2016. MOHAMED Abdiwahab/AFP via Getty Images

Turkey in Africa: what a small but growing interest portends

Turkey harbours strong national ambitions, and a willingness to grow and use its military muscle alongside economic instruments.
Refugees at the Central Methodist Church in Cape Town, South Africa. Getty Images/Jacques Stander/Gallo Images via Getty Images

South Africa takes fresh steps to restrict rights of refugees

Refugee legislation introduced after the end of apartheid was lauded as being progressive. But implementation has fallen short of international standards.
2000 million women have undergone female genital mutilation and millions more are at risk each year. Getty Images

Why it’s so difficult to end female genital mutilation

An estimated 2000 million women have undergone female genital mutilation and millions more are at risk. The practice is carried out mainly for cultural and economic reasons.
By centrally controlling when household water heaters (geysers) can be switched on and off, South Africa can ease up electricity demand during peak consumption times. Shutterstock

Smart water heating could help in South Africa’s energy crisis

Centrally switching water heaters on and off at specific times can distribute the demand for electricity and lead to energy saving.
Ethiopian Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner Abiy Ahmed must do more to keep the country stable. Hakon Mosvold Larsen/EPA-EFE

Why Ethiopia is in deep trouble, and how it got here

Abiy's administration should stop talking about reform and liberalisation and focus instead on stopping the country from sliding into disarray

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