Meet the Vodou Priestess Summoning Healing Spirits in Post-Earthquake Haiti
Broadly teams up with Academy Award-winning director, Lucy Walker in search of healing in Haiti. We travel to the heart of Port-au-Prince, Haiti to join Priestess Manbo Katy as she summons the spirits to help heal her community. (Vice)
The Peace Corps pulled its volunteers out of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea on Wednesday as the largest outbreak of the Ebola virus in history terrorizes West Africa. With the virus spreading out of control, the Peace Corps said in a statement that it would wait to determine whether and when its 102 volunteers in Guinea, 108 in Liberia and 130 in Sierra Leone might return.
Bissau President Picks Close Confidant As Army Chief
A statement said Wednesday, Guinea-Bissau President Jose Mario Vaz has appointed a close confidant and head of the presidential guard as army chief to replace Antonio Indjai who was dismissed early this week. No reason was given for the sacking of Indjai, a powerful figure in the coup-prone former Portuguese colony.
Nigeria's Campaigning President Says 'Turning Tide' Against Islamists
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said on Wednesday the army was turning the tide against Boko Haram Islamists and he trumpeted his government's achievements in what sounded like a bid for re-election just months before a presidential poll. The Feb. 14 vote looks set to be Nigeria's least one-sided since the end of military rule in 1999.
South African Prosecutor Wins Anti-Corruption Award
Anti-corruption body Transparency International named South African lawyer Thuli Madonsela as the winner of its integrity award for 2014 on Friday, citing her investigations into graft allegations at every level - all the way up the president. Madonsela, one of the team who drafted South Africa's post-apartheid constitution, was appointed public protector by President Jacob Zuma in 2009.
What Nigerians Think About Boko Haram, America Wanting to Help
It's been seven months since Boko Haram abducted over 200 schoolgirls from their boarding school in Chibok, Nigeria, and the subsequent #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign was born.
In the Root TV segment above, The Root's Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele speaks with Chika Oduah—an independent journalist working in Nigeria—about what this entire experience has been like for Nigerians, especially their being at the forefront of the philanthropic cause that was “en vogue” for the better part...
Rights Group Calls for ICC Probe of Nigerian Presidential Candidate
A Nigerian human rights group on Monday asked the International Criminal Court to bring charges against Nigerian presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari for post-election violence in 2011. The Northern Coalition for Democracy and Justice said in a statement Buhari should face justice over the violence, when 800 people were killed and many churches and schools were destroyed.
Thousands of Nigerians Feared Dead in Boko Haram Massacre
This past week saw what could be Boko Haram's deadliest massacre to date, marking yet another hideous milestone in the organization's increasingly violent campaign. Amnesty International estimates hundreds of people, possibly as many as 2,000, could have been killed, but the numbers cannot be verified.
French Comedian Dieudonne Detained by French Police
Dieudonne M'bala M'bala has been detained by police. The controversial French comedian posted a comment on his Facebook page which appeared to back Amedy Coulibaly who gunned down four hostages in the Paris siege at a kosher supermarket last week. "I am finally going home.
Robert Mugabe Falls and Internet Goes Crazy with Memes
As if he didn't already have an image problem. Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is the new African Union chair and every human rights organisation's least favorite Mugabe fell down steps off of a raised podium upon his return to Zimbabwe from Ethiopia on Wednesday.
South African Street Dance Aims to Go Professional
Street Beat, a new program of the South African 'Dance Umbrella' festival, chose 12 street dance groups to showcase their work. 'Pantsula' is a style born in the townships in the 90s and becoming increasingly professional.