West African farm 'bootcamp' gets green entrepreneurs into shape

2019-06-10 13:56

Machetes in hand and wearing a straw hat against the sun, the participants of an "agro-bootcamp" in the farmlands of the West African nation of Benin harvest maize, cowpeas and rice.

Ivory Coast calls on France to return 148 artworks

2018-12-19 21:01

Ivory Coast says it had drawn up a list of 148 works of art taken during the colonial period that it wants France to return.

Looking out for West Africa's migrant children

2018-12-16 11:57

Jacques wanted to start working when he was 10. His father refused so he left his home in Tema, Ghana, to live in nearby Benin, like many young children in search of a better life.

France agrees to return 26 African artworks to Benin

2018-11-24 16:30

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday agreed to return "without delay" 26 disputed artworks to Benin, the president's office said.

Overage youth team footballers jailed in Benin

2018-10-31 10:21

Ten Benin youth team players have been jailed for lying about their age after they were kicked out of qualifying for next year's under 17-Africa Cup of Nations finals.

Benin's 'chicken king' to be no-show at drugs trial: lawyer

2018-10-17 20:33

Benin tycoon and opposition politician Sebastien Ajavon will not be in court on Thursday to face drugs charges, his lawyer has said.

Benin under fire over huge hike in election candidate fees

2018-09-26 12:12

Benin's former leader on Tuesday accused President Patrice Talon of "declaring war" on the nation through the adoption of a new law demanding exorbitant fees from anyone running for election.

PICS: 'Trash is gold' as Benin community turns waste into biogas

2018-08-22 18:02

Garbage has never smelled so sweet for a small village in southern Benin since it opened a pilot waste treatment centre to turn household rubbish into gas and cash.

Gabon struggles to stem tide of child trafficking

2018-07-04 15:24

Senami, a 13-year-old girl, was purchased in Benin.

Big hurdles await West African anti-crime initiative

2018-07-01 11:06

Facing a rising crime wave from drug-running to human organ smuggling that siphons money into terrorism, 16 West African states have launched an unprecedented data-sharing scheme to fight illegal activity, but observers say the initiative faces sizea


New monarch appointed to ancestral kingdom of Dahomey

2019-01-13 19:00

A new ruler of the former military kingdom of Dahomey in modern-day Benin has been designated, after the death of the previous monarch, last year.

Fight against Boko Haram tops regional summit agenda

2018-12-16 18:00

Leaders of countries in the Lake Chad region met in Nigeria to give fresh impetus to their fight against Boko Haram, the Nigerian presidency has said.

French museum chief hits back at call to return African art

2018-11-28 21:23

The head of France's greatest collection of African art has hit back at a report urging the return of thousands of artworks to the countries from which they were taken.

PICS: Young Africans tell the world about the Africa they want

2018-11-20 19:59

Children from at least six west and central African countries recently took to the the stage of the Africa Dialogues conference in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso to tell the world about the future they envisioned on their continent.

11 African leaders meeting in Germany at development summit

2018-10-30 16:50

Chancellor Angela Merkel is meeting with the heads of 11 African nations, international organisations and corporate leaders to promote a program launched under the German Group of 20 presidency last year designed to encourage private investment in Africa.

Threats to media freedom in Africa: some old methods and some new

2018-10-05 11:51

Internet taxes could stifle Africa's free and vibrant social media, writes the Conversation.

Huge fees for Nigerian election hopefuls under fire

2018-09-05 20:58

Nigeria's two main political parties are asking election hopefuls to pay huge fees for the chance to stand at next year's general election, in a move criticised as favouring the rich and well-connected.

West African states in joint fight against root crop 'Ebola'

2018-07-08 09:58

Researchers from half a dozen states in West Africa have joined together in a battle against what one expert calls a root crop "Ebola" - a viral disease that could wreck the region's staple food and condemn millions to hunger.

Benin buries ancestral king of Dahomey

2018-07-04 06:02

Benin has buried Dah Dedjalagni Agoli-Agbo, monarch of the former militaristic kingdom of Dahomey, after he "returned to the realm of his ancestors."

Benin bans strikes in defence, health, justice sectors

2018-06-29 18:30

Benin's Constitutional Court has banned the right to strike by workers in the country's defence, security, justice and health sectors, sparking concern among union officials and legal observers.

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