If we are serious about growing the economy and creating jobs, we need to support these young people – even though they don't seem to expect any help or handouts, writes Melanie Verwoerd.
Showers late. More sun than clouds. Mild.
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 says it had drawn up a list of 148 works of art taken during the colonial period that it wants France to return.
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.
French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday agreed to return "without delay" 26 disputed artworks to Benin, the president's office said.
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 tycoon and opposition politician Sebastien Ajavon will not be in court on Thursday to face drugs charges, his lawyer has said.
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.
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.
Senami, a 13-year-old girl, was purchased in Benin.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Internet taxes could stifle Africa's free and vibrant social media, writes the Conversation.
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.
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 has buried Dah Dedjalagni Agoli-Agbo, monarch of the former militaristic kingdom of Dahomey, after he "returned to the realm of his ancestors."
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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