Mutinous Somali soldiers hold parts of Mogadishu a day after three were killed in fatal clashes with government troops. The opposition fighters are against the extension of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed's mandate. And in Ivory Coast, health centres are struggling to convince people to get vaccinated, the suspicion many African communities harbour over the shots are even leading some countries to have to destroy out-of-date Covid-19 vaccine doses. And South Africa's “My Octopus Teacher” wins best documentary at the Oscars.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has been asked to deploy his wealth of experience and connection in resolving the plethora of challenges facing the country. Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar made the call when the former president paid him a courtesy visit at his palace in Sokoto.
What are the chances in 2021 of a world leader dying on the battlefield? Chad's leader of 31 years succumbed to his wounds after once again going to the front. Idriss Deby was one of those African strongmen that seemed to have nine lives. He had gone to face down yet another rebellion or foreign incursion, this time an uprising in the centre-west of that sprawling Sahelian country. Deby's death at 68 was announced one day after coasting to another easy re-election, this time with almost 80 percent of the provisional vote. So whodunnit and why?