His single Yeke Yeke was the first African song to pass a million in sales, but it's meaning was best understood in Guinea, home of the griot and kora star.
United Nations peacekeeping operations need to be refashioned to meet the needs of an ever evolving world.
It's been 60 years since most of France's former colonies in Africa gained independence. But France still maintains a significant military presence on the continent.
In many sub-Saharan African countries, 20% of mothers have suffered the death of a child, a new study finds. In Mali, Liberia and Malawi, it's common for mothers to lose two children.
Burkina Faso faces a new terrorist threat. Terrorist groups are now flourishing within its borders.
Unless member states try to solve the contradictions in expectations, UN peacekeeping will not be fit for purpose in the future.
Local communities only see "crime" and "banditry" when it comes to religious-based Jihadism.
Given that some states are being asked to increase their presence in border and remote areas, free trade and free movement of goods and people could become a real cause for concern.
African countries need to take into account the effects environmental changes, like climate change, have on their ability to deal with food security, poverty reduction and lowering mortality rates.
Maps that divide the world into 'no-go' and 'safe' zones has created a new politics of danger.
Government restrictions on individual freedoms in the name of public security is increasing.
The experience from African experts is vital in the search for new and better ways to control malaria.
Research shows that unrest, even terrorism, can erupt in poor countries with a surplus of young people and not enough jobs. Can Niger, a once-peaceful sub-Saharan African nation, handle its baby boom?
Liberian President George Weah believes the current citizenship regulations in the country are unnecessarily "racist" and restrictive.
It's all too common for local scholars to be sidelined in what are supposed to be genuine research partnerships.
Elections are supposed to hold politicians accountable: Officials who fear losing their seat will work harder for voters. But in some countries, political competition actually makes government worse.
Mali has had a tumultuous 2018, and 2019 might not be any better.
The fight against malaria needs scientific innovation. But community buy-in is just as important.
Herders and farmers are unhappy about the way a corrupt state exploits rural peasants.
Incumbent Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta will be Mali's next president but an unremarkable first term, and a flawed election, could put a dent in his legacy.