Africa News Wrap for February 2023

African Stream did a round-up of news from Africa, starting with:

  • the Pope’s visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC);
  • a new anti-terror axis in West Africa between Burkina Faso, Guinea and Mali after booting France out of Burkina Faso and Mali;
  • a security summit in Burundi on the war in the DRC;
  • Botswana threatened to cut ties with diamond mining and sales company De Beers without a better deal;
  • Gabon’s president, Ali Bongo Ondimba, announced a shortened term after a failed coup;
  • more than 400 people went on trial in connection with the assassination of Chad’s president, Idriss Déby;
  • Tanzania banned “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series of books, as well as sex-education books that mentioned transgender and gay rights;
  • Tunisia told the United States it should not meddle in the arrest of journalists, political figures and business leaders;
  • Burkina Faso, Guinea and Mali were also denied AU membership for their policy of “zero tolerance for undemocratic change;”
  • the African Union removed a reportedly uninvited Israeli delegation at the union’s summit;
  • Christian Atsu, a Ghanaian football player known for his charity work, was killed in Turkey during the earthquake that impacted Turkey and Syria; and
  • counting is still underway after Nigeria’s presidential election, held on February 25.