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Meet Ngozi, Marvel Comics’ first truly African superhero

The US comic book publisher and creator of some of the most popular superheroes, Marvel, has unveiled its newest project: a Nigerian female superhero...

Africa’s Great Green Wall can stop African migration

Originally conceived to stop the spread of deserts, the Great Green Wall of Africa is now not only a means of slowing climate change,...

Africa can improve access to healthcare for all

Africa bears one-quarter of the global disease burden, yet has only 2% of the world’s doctors. To improve the delivery of healthcare, the continent...

Africa’s biggest democracy votes: ‘Whoever wins, Nigeria has the victory’

Despite rain and the death of 41 people in an attack by terrorist group Boko Haram, millions of Nigerians turned out to vote in hotly contested elections to choose the president of Africa's most populous country.

Special force to target Boko Haram

The African Union has agreed on a multinational force to counter the growing threat of Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin. It also agreed that financial and material resources be provided for the force. Deliberations will continue at the mid-year AU assembly in Johannesburg.

South Africa condemns Boko Haram attacks

South Africa was one of the first countries to condemn the attacks in northeastern Nigeria, in which about 2 000 people are thought to have been killed. Many more were forced to flee into neighbouring countries. Pretoria said deliberate attacks against civilians were a crime against humanity.

South Africa marks Africa Day

South Africa joined the rest of the continent in commemorating Africa Day on Sunday. Held on 25 May each year, Africa Day marks the anniversary of the formation of the Organisation of African Unity, now known as the African Union, in 1963.

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South African President Jacob Zuma, speaking out against the abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls by militant Islamist group Boko-Haram on Sunday, expressed concern over the activities of armed rebels on the continent and called on the African Union to take steps to bring about stability.

SA ‘in communication’ with Nigeria over abducted girls

The South African government is in constant communication with the Nigerian government as calls for the release of the girls abducted by militant Islamic group Boko-Haram continue to spread, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Thursday.

#BringBackOurGirls shows the power of social media in Africa

Social media's potential as a powerful agent for change and conflict resolution in Africa is being demonstrated by the hugely viral #BringBackOurGirls online campaign to rescue 276 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram Islamist militants.