It’s Angélique Kidjo’s Birthday, and Her Country’s Too
She is probably Africa’s most widely respected international vocalist, and one of its hungriest synthesizers of culture and ideas.
Benin Awakens to the Threat of Terrorism After Safari Ends in a Nightmare
A safari guide knew every watering hole in Pendjari National Park in Benin. He did not know that terrorists across the border could reach him in his country.
It Was a Robust Democracy. Then the New President Took Power.
Benin has prided itself on its freedoms, but the increasingly autocratic grip of the West African country’s president is threatening that.
Two French Soldiers Are Killed in Raid That Frees Four Hostages in Burkina Faso
Two French citizens, an American and a South Korean were freed, in a region wracked by armed conflict and terrorism.
Artwork Taken From Africa, Returning to a Home Transformed
A pivotal report calls for thousands of artworks to leave French museums and return to West Africa. An artist, a historian and a philosopher debate what should happen — and what these objects could mean to young Africans who have never seen them.
A Nigerian Scam, With a Royal Twist
About 250 people were swindled out of $54,000 by a member of Nigerian royalty and his associate, who promised them fake jobs, prosecutors said.
Migrants Aid Victims of Italy Earthquake
Migrants from Africa have volunteered to help residents in areas of central Italy that were struck by a deadly earthquake this week.
Mathieu Kérékou, Dictator Who Ushered In Democracy in Benin, Dies at 82
Mr. Kérékou seized control of Benin in a military coup in 1972 but presided over a peaceful transition to democracy 20 years later.
Praying for a Cure
In West Africa, hundreds of people with mental illness live in awful conditions. One organization is fighting for a new approach to treatment. This video was supported by The Global Reporting Centre.
Preparing for Ebola, but Stopping Lassa Fever
When the disease killing residents of Benin turned out to be Lassa fever, the World Health Organization used protocols for Ebola to stem the illness.