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Saturday 19 April  
What's Up Africa
What's Up Africa


For many people, despite huge economic growth across the continent, the African Union is not doing enough to tackle the challenges facing Africans today. It's almost as if Africa's leaders treat the
Cartoon of the week
Cartoon of the week

The Passion of the African Christ

Many Christians are concluding their observation of Holy Week, which culminates in Jesus' crucifixion and death. Cartoonist Damien Glez imagined what the scene might have looked like had it occurred
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Article: West Africa's refugee and security crisis

The Malian and Ivorian political crises have resulted in the biggest number of refugees in the region. Brewing insecurity could mean they’ll be unable to return home any time soon as armed groups remain a threat to West Africa.

Article: Simbikangwa jailed, still no hope for Rwanda-France relations

A French court last week found former soldier Pascal Simbikangwa guilty of genocide and complicity in crimes against humanity committed in Rwanda in 1994. Our blogger in Kigali has something to say about that.


In a brand-new segment, What’s Up Africa hits the streets to ask the questions that people somewhere somehow want answers to. This episode: Ikenna asks folks in Lagos what really think of the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act.

Article: Gabriel, gay and proud in Burundi

Gabriel Mujimbere fully embraces his homosexuality. Yet under Burundian Penal Code, he could face up to two years in prison and/or fines of up to 100,000 francs. By Yves Zihindula, Bujumbura

Article: A missed point in the Katanga verdict

Guilty of murder and directing attacks on civilians but not of sexual violence or the use of child soldiers.

Video: My Song: Rwanda's Mani Martin sings for the voiceless

Rwandan R&B singer Mani Martin grew up an orphan. The six years he was living in an orphanage were marked by feelings of loneliness and silence.

Article: What does security mean to African women?

A Ugandan blogger argues that war crimes against women are rooted in a security struggle that women have to deal with day to day. By Rosebell Kagumire, Kampala

Article: What do Ituri residents say about the Katanga verdict?

Many young Ituri residents welcomed the International Criminal Court’s sentence against Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga. They hope it will deter future offenders in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Article: What's beneath Uganda's miniskirt ban?

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni late last month signed into law the anti-pornography bill that, among other things, criminalizes what it describes as “indecent show”.

Video highlights

My Song: Mista Poa's dreams for a better DR Congo
Eastern DRC has long been wrought by armed conflicts, killing and...
Naija's most extrovert evangelical preacher, Pastor Azuike, hits the...