Instead of focusing on rebuilding the country after years of state capture, we were distracted by a sideshow, writes Mandy Wiener.
Ghana's former president John Mahama has announced his bid to seek the nomination of the main opposition party and contest the 2020 election.
Foreign observers deployed to oversee Kenya's general elections have called for patience while votes are counted as accusations by the opposition of rigging sparked angry protests.
Two former presidents in charge of observer missions in the Kenyan elections have urged the country to make the continent proud by having successful elections.
Ghana's Supreme Court has ruled that the transfer of two former Guantanamo Bay detainees to the country is unconstitutional without parliamentary approval.
Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo says he has inherited an economy reeling from huge fiscal deficits, rising inflation and high unemployment despite an IMF programme designed to stimulate growth.
President Barack Obama has extended sanctions against Zimbabwe, and fearful of a looming political violence, Gambians are fleeing their tiny west African nation.
West African leaders have flown out of Banjul with The Gambia's president-elect Adama Barrow, en route to Mali for crisis talks with regional heavyweights in hopes of ending the nation's political impasse.
West African leaders have announced they would return to Gambia to persuade President Yahya Jammeh to step down, as the strongman was left looking increasingly isolated at home and abroad.
Ghana's outgoing president John Mahama has urged his compatriots to get behind his successor, Nana Akufo-Addo, during his last state of the nation address.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says Gambia's president Yahya Jammeh has been "very receptive" to a delegation of west African leaders, who are expected to urge the long-ruling leader to step down following a poll defeat.
A Kenyan official says violence has broken out in the county of Garissa, where opposition supporters are demonstrating against the announcement of a ruling party candidate as the winner of a gubernatorial race.
Global civil society alliance, CIVICUS, has called on Kenyan authorities, politicians, leaders to act in a responsible manner and respect the the decision of the electorate, as the east African country takes to the polls.
Ghana's government has sought to reassure the public that two former Guantanamo prisoners living in the West African nation remained under supervision, a day after a court ruled their arrival was unconstitutional without parliament's approval.
Ghana's Supreme Court has declared "unconstitutional" the decision by former President John Mahama to allow two former Guantanamo Bay detainees entry into the West African country.
The Gambia's top judge has pulled out of hearing a bid by President Yahya Jammeh to halt the inauguration of president-elect Adama Barrow later this week, in a blow to the incumbent head of state.
Gambians fearful of a looming political violence are reportedly fleeing the tiny west African nation's capital Banjul, as the deadline for long-time leader Yahya Jammeh to hand over power nears.
West African leaders began crisis talks with President Yahya Jammeh over his refusal to leave power, as fears grew of a refugee exodus caused by the nation's political impasse.
Nana Akufo-Addo has been sworn in as Ghana's new president promising to stamp out government corruption and kickstart the private sector.
Defeated Ghanaian President John Mahama has posted on social media a letter written by his daughter, Farida, consoling him after he lost in the west African country's recent presidential elections.
West African leaders are to head to Gambia to try to persuade incumbent President Yahya Jammeh to agree "to leave office" after his defeat at the ballot box, a Senegalese foreign ministry source says.
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