Huge Blast Rocks Downtown Mogadishu

[Al Jazeera] Mogadishu -A car-bomb blast hit the heart of Somalia’s capital on Monday, killing at least five people and wounding 20 others, police said. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility in a statement on its website.

[Al Jazeera] Mogadishu -A car-bomb blast hit the heart of Somalia's capital on Monday, killing at least five people and wounding 20 others, police said. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility in a statement on its website.

source: AllAfrica News: Somalia

What’s Behind the High Stakes in Coming Elections

[The Conversation Africa] After the 2007 general election, Kenya experienced its worst politically triggered ethnic violence since independence. The violence was caused by a dispute between the two main presidential candidates – Raila Odinga and his op…

[The Conversation Africa] After the 2007 general election, Kenya experienced its worst politically triggered ethnic violence since independence. The violence was caused by a dispute between the two main presidential candidates - Raila Odinga and his opposition Orange Democratic Movement, and Mwai Kibaki, who was defending his seat on a Party of National Unity ticket.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

Boko Haram – Winning the Battle but Losing the War?

[IRIN] Maiduguri -“Prof” Usman Abakyari is instantly likeable. But the impish, slightly dishevelled water engineer turns serious at any mention of Boko Haram, the jihadist insurgency that for seven years has traumatised northeastern Nigeria.

[IRIN] Maiduguri -"Prof" Usman Abakyari is instantly likeable. But the impish, slightly dishevelled water engineer turns serious at any mention of Boko Haram, the jihadist insurgency that for seven years has traumatised northeastern Nigeria.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Music Legend Virginia Sillah of Harare Mambos Dies in London

[New Zimbabwe] UK: Zimbabwean musician, Virginia Sillah, who was the lead vocalist for the Harare Mambos band which made waves in the late 70’s and early 80’s, has died in a London Hospital, family spokesperson, Cleopatra Sillah said in a press release…

[New Zimbabwe] UK: Zimbabwean musician, Virginia Sillah, who was the lead vocalist for the Harare Mambos band which made waves in the late 70's and early 80's, has died in a London Hospital, family spokesperson, Cleopatra Sillah said in a press release at the weekend.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe

Fake Muridzo Manager Nabbed

[The Herald] Former Zaka Zaka band member, Tichaona Wellington Mberikwazvo has been arrested for stealing promoters’ money pretending to be Andy Muridzo’s manager.

[The Herald] Former Zaka Zaka band member, Tichaona Wellington Mberikwazvo has been arrested for stealing promoters' money pretending to be Andy Muridzo's manager.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe

West Africa Issues a Wake-Up Call to Tyrants

[ISS] Last week’s decision by the Appeals Chamber of the Extraordinary African Chambers (EAC) in the courts of Senegal to uphold the conviction and life sentence of former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré was just the latest victory – though it was certainly among the biggest – for international criminal justice in West Africa.

[ISS] Last week's decision by the Appeals Chamber of the Extraordinary African Chambers (EAC) in the courts of Senegal to uphold the conviction and life sentence of former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré was just the latest victory - though it was certainly among the biggest - for international criminal justice in West Africa.

source: AllAfrica News: Chad

Daisy Mtukudzi’s Moments of Shame

[The Herald] Oliver Mtukudzi’s wife Daisy could be far from being a musician following her poor stage conduct at the just ended Harare International Festival of Arts (Hifa).

[The Herald] Oliver Mtukudzi's wife Daisy could be far from being a musician following her poor stage conduct at the just ended Harare International Festival of Arts (Hifa).

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe

‘Becoming Your Best Leadership Conference’ Opens in Kigali

[New Times] A leadership forum dubbed, “Becoming Your Best Leadership Conference,” opens in Kigali today, with participants expected to be tipped about ways of becoming a better leader.

[New Times] A leadership forum dubbed, "Becoming Your Best Leadership Conference," opens in Kigali today, with participants expected to be tipped about ways of becoming a better leader.

source: AllAfrica News: Rwanda