Ivory Coast has suffered its first Islamist terrorist attack since 2016, with at least 10 dead on the border with Burkina Faso. Those deaths follow efforts to purge an Islamist presence in the border region. Also, in several countires there are calls for statues commemorating slave traders to be taken down. We've put together some reactions from the streets of Dakar, Kinshasa, Ouagadougou and Pretoria. And overfishing by foreign trawlers has left many coastal communities in Senegal struggling to survive, but now dozens of mostly Chinese ships have been banned from Senegal's waters.
Akon to Create Climate-Conscious City in Senegal On Jan. 13, Akon announced the finalization of his agreement to create Akon City in Mbodiene, Senegal. In a post to Instagram, Akon told fans he was “looking forward to hosting [them] there in the future.” Akon, via Instagram The 46-year-old celebrity previously discussed his plans for the city in an interview with Nick Cannon in December.
In Bandia, there used to be a forest of baobab trees, but all that remains is a lunar landscape of abandoned craters. In Senegal, Plans to extend a cement plant that has been exploiting the subsoil for 20 years are causing local populations to fear even greater desolation.
Not a single train has travelled on the line connecting the capitals of Mali and Senegal since May 17, 2018, when the company collapsed. Knee-high weeds grow on the track at Bamako station. But even today, many of the railway's workers -- unpaid but still technically employed -- still show up at the station, a colonial-era bijou in ochre stone, complete with clock and signs for the ticket office.