Mati Diop on being the first black woman director in Cannes

Africa 05/17/19, 10:10

The 36-year-old French-Senegalese director Mati Diop is the first black woman filmmaker in competition in the 72 years of the Cannes Film Festival.Her film, "Atlantics," is about women left behind in Dakar when many of the local young men flee to Spain by boat. In an interview, Diop says she ...

Alongside Cannes mainstays, fresh faces try to stand out

Entertainment 05/11/19, 11:55

Mati Diop only realized long after her Dakar-set "Atlantics" had been selected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival that she had made history. Diop, the 36-year-old French-born filmmaker of Senegalese heritage, is the first black woman in competition for Cannes' top honor, the Palme d'Or.The 72nd Cannes Film Festival, ...

Study: Community mistrust high amid Congo Ebola outbreak

Africa 03/27/19, 18:52

One out of four people interviewed in eastern Congo last year believed Ebola wasn't real, according to a new study released Wednesday, underscoring the enormous challenges health care workers are now facing.The survey found that a deep mistrust of the Ebola response resulted in those people being 15 times less ...

Election officials: Senegal’s president wins 2nd term

Africa 02/28/19, 10:59

Senegalese President Macky Sall easily won a second term without the need for a runoff, election officials announced Thursday in the West African country.The four opposition candidates said they would not pursue a legal challenge, ending days of uncertainty in this democracy long known for its peaceful transfers of power. ...

Senegal president’s party say results show he won vote

Africa 02/25/19, 04:54

Senegal's prime minister has claimed that incumbent president Macky Sall has won re-election, though the opposition rejected his assertion and said the vote should go to a runoff.Prime Minister Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne, who is from the ruling party, told reporters late Sunday that his unofficial results show that Sall ...

Senegal voters choose whether to give president another term

Africa 02/24/19, 03:05

Senegalese voters are choosing whether to give President Macky Sall a second term in office as he faces four challengers.Polls opened at 8 a.m. in the capital of Dakar, where Sall has dubbed himself the "builder of modern Senegal."The West African democracy has a long tradition of peaceful transfers of ...

Senegal’s president Macky Sall seeks 2nd term

Africa 02/22/19, 09:04

Senegal's President Macky Sall is counting on the success of his economic record to propel him to win a second term in Sunday's elections.Sall boasted he will win in the first round, without a runoff vote, though some critics say the two biggest threats to his re-election were barred from ...

NBA, FIBA announce plans for pro league in Africa

Basketball 02/16/19, 13:19

The NBA is bringing a pro league to Africa.The Basketball Africa League, a new collaboration between the NBA and the sport's global governing body FIBA, was announced Saturday. The initial plan is for the 12-team league to begin play in January, and former President Barack Obama is among those who ...

Grandmothers helping to banish female genital circumcision

Africa 02/06/19, 08:24

Kadiatou Balde grew up in a Senegalese village with the tradition of female genital mutilation. She never had a choice, but now as a community elder she is helping to banish the practice, one conversation at a time.She started speaking out about the long-taboo issue when the Grandmothers Project came ...

As Ebola outbreak marks 6 months, health centers a concern

Africa 02/01/19, 08:45

The deadly Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo marked six months on Friday with officials noting a worrying number of confirmed cases linked to health centers.Such infections are seen as a major problem that highlights poor practices and the risk of spread among patients and workers. Combined with community resistance in ...

Gambia and Senegal finally inaugurate connecting bridge

Africa 01/26/19, 05:03

Gambian President Adama Barrow and his Senegalese counterpart, Macky Sall, cut the ribbon this week on a project that was decades in the making, a bridge that links the north and south banks of the Gambia River and ties the neighbors closer together."Our wish is that the bridge stands from ...

In Congo, the Tshisekedi no one had expected takes power

Africa 01/23/19, 04:11

Felix Tshisekedi has emerged from his father's shadow to become Congo's next president. For decades that post eluded his father, the venerated opposition politician, Etienne, whose death in 2017 helped catapult his son into the limelight.The passage of power from father to son is a familiar story in Congo, where ...

Egypt chosen to replace Cameroon as African Cup host

Soccer 01/08/19, 06:43

The Confederation of African Football has chosen Egypt over South Africa to replace Cameroon as host of this year's African Cup of Nations soccer tournament.Cameroon was stripped of hosting duties late last year because of poor preparations and violent clashes between separatists and government forces in western parts of the ...

Food bloggers bring Africa’s rich cuisines to the world

Africa 01/06/19, 06:20

In the quiet hours before lunch, two women worked side by side in an airy kitchen. One, a chef, cleaned fresh red snapper filets with a sharp knife. The other, a filmmaker, pointed her camera into a large pot of simmering vegetables."What would you say this is, low heat or ...

Salah, Mane, Aubameyang compete for African award

Africa 01/01/19, 10:30

Liverpool forwards Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, are the three finalists for the African player of the year award in a repeat of last year's shortlist.The winner will be announced on Jan. 8 in Dakar, Senegal.The Confederation of African Football announced the finalists on Tuesday ...

Gambia’s journalists, free from dictator, work to win trust

Africa 12/31/18, 06:26

Journalists in Gambia have launched a self-regulatory body they hope will offer legitimacy, and far more freedom, to media emerging from a dictatorship that ruled the tiny West African nation for more than two decades.During the 22 years of former President Yahya Jammeh's rule, journalists were regularly abducted, tortured and ...

Napoli coach Ancelotti: We’ll walk off with racist abuse

Soccer 12/26/18, 18:18

Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti has threatened to lead his team off the pitch the next time one of his players is subject to continued racist abuse.Ancelotti asked several times for Napoli's match at Inter Milan to be halted on Wednesday after racist chanting. Announcements were made on the stadium tannoy ...

At new Museum of Black Civilizations, a call to come home

Entertainment 12/26/18, 04:28

The Museum of Black Civilizations in Senegal opened this month amid a global conversation about the ownership and legacy of African art. The West African nation's culture minister isn't shy: He wants the thousands of pieces of cherished heritage taken from the continent over the centuries to come home."It's entirely ...

PHOTOS: Migrant families wait, torn between hope, grief

Africa 12/20/18, 02:37

Barely 20 years old, Mariama Konte was neither widow nor wife.For nearly four years, she told her two young children that their father is traveling for work. Only in the last few weeks has she begun to accept the possibility that Abdrahamane drowned at sea, like so many migrants from ...

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