A woman holds her child as she prepares to cast her vote at a polling station in the eastern region district of Kyebi on December 7th during Ghana’s presidential and parliamentary elections. Photograph: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty

Ghanaians went to the polls on Monday in presidential and parliamentary elections, as international observers praised the country for its adherence to(...)

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari speaks to the media after casting his vote in  Daura, in northern Nigeria. Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP Photo

Nigeria’s opposition leader has rejected incumbent Muhammadu Buhari’s claim that he won the presidential election, denouncing the poll as a “sham” a(...)

Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari at an event to celebrate the 56th anniversary of his country’s independence on October 1st. His wife says she may not vote for him at the next election. Photograph: Philip Ojisua/AFP/Getty Images

The wife of Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari says she may not back her husband at the next election unless he shakes up his government. Aisha Buha(...)

A man purporting to be Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau  in this still frame taken from social media video courtesy of SITE Intel Group, released on August 10th, in an unknown location. A Nigerian army spokesman claimed he had been fatally wounded in an air strike. Photograph: social media courtesy of Site Intel Group/Reuters

The Nigerian air force claims to have killed several Boko Haram commanders and seriously wounded its leader, Abubakar Shekau, in an “unprecedented an(...)

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari  with Boko Haram escapee Amina Ali Darsha Nkeki’s   four-month-old baby   during a meeting in the   presidential villa in the country’s capital  Abuja. Photograph:   Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

The Nigerian army is moving in to Boko Haram’s final stronghold in the Sambisa forest to rescue more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls after one managed to (...)

A girl chants solidarity slogans to press for the release of the missing Chibok schoolgirls during a rally in Abuja, on April 14th. Photograph: Philip Ojisua/AFP/Getty Images

A video apparently showing a group of Nigerian girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram two years ago has been shown to distraught parents in the town o(...)

Clockwise from top: Rwanda’s Paul Kagame; Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni; DRC president Joseph Kabila; and  Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza

The recent decision by Rwanda’s electorate to allow Paul Kagame to seek a third term in office – and Kagame’s confirmation last Friday that he will do(...)

A handout picture provided by the Nigerian army shows some of the 338 people held by Boko Haram  who were rescued  from the group’s Sambisa Forest stronghold during an army operation. Photograph: AFP/Nigerian army

Nigerian troops have rescued 338 captives, almost all children and women, from Boko Haram camps in a northeastern forest. Thirty extremists were kill(...)

Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari sacked his army, navy, air force and defence chiefs on Monday, a widely anticipated move as the former general has made defeating Islamist militant group Boko Haram his top priority.  Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters.

Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari sacked his army, navy, air force and defence chiefs on Monday, a widely anticipated move as the former general h(...)

Nigeria’s newly-elected president Muhammadu Buhari arrives to attend a working session with outreach guests at the G7 summit in Bavaria, Germany, on Monday. Human rights campaigners hope Mr Buhari might be encouraged to purge the upper echelons of the Nigerian army and security services. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has been asked to consider indictments against nine named senior military officers in Nigeria following allegat(...)

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