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Cambridge Analytica – the disbanded data analytics company that allegedly used its software to create and disseminate hateful and inciting messages – in relation to Trump and Brexit, the company also played a nefarious role disseminating fake news in Africa.  In Nigeria, it tried to influence the 2015 election

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Misinformation is rife, but it’s nothing new, writes Nanjala Nyabola.

Yewande Omotoso ponders how belonging to a city goes beyond the bald fact of living in it.

Lucy Provan and Alice Rowsome meet the women who helped bring down Sudanese dictator Omar al-Bashir, and discover a movement for change in full swing.

Lucy Provan and Alice Rowsome meet the women who helped bring down Sudanese dictator Omar...

Illustration by Sarah John

Green medicine: Yewande Omotoso’s apartment is slowly being taken over by plants, much to her delight.

Health workers in action at the Mpilo Central Hospital Covid19 Testing laboratory. Bulawayo, 25 April 2020. Credit: KB Mpofu / ILO

Joylean M Baro on how Zimbabwean doctors on the frontlines of Covid-19 care have been...

Newly displaced people waiting by the side of the road after fleeing attacks in Barsalogho, in northcentral Burkina Faso. TOM PEYRE-COSTA/NORWEGIAN REFUGEE COUNCIL

Sam Mednick on Burkina Faso’s unfolding humanitarian crisis.

Betty Bigombe

Death threats delivered by bleeding amputees were not enough to deter Betty Bigombe from trying to make...

A global coalition of economists calls for a radical shift in Africa’s economic policy, one rooted in sovereignty and...

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Flavia Mutamutega, Rwanda’s sole agony aunt for adolescent girls, tells...

Lazarus Chakwera

Richard Swift on the theologian-president promising to stamp out nepotism and corruption in Malawian...

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Anti-blackness is still a galvanizing force in India, writes Nilanjana Bhowmick.

Algers centre, Algeria. Credit: Abdelfatah Cezayirli/Pexels

The Covid-19 pandemic may have put Algeria’s revolutionary uprising temporarily on hold, but, as Hamza Hamouchene...

Illustration by Sarah John

Having travelled to the land of her birth as the coronavirus pandemic began to gather pace, Yewande Omotoso...

Dr Asamte Fidel is one of the local Sierra Leonean doctors working at Connaught Hospital. The hospital was on the frontline of the Ebola epidemic when it hit in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Credit: Simon Davis/DFiD

Four years ago, New Internationalist travelled to West Africa to hear the stories of communities in recovery from the deadly...

Illustration by Sarah John

Yewande Omotoso’s namesake leads her down some unusual pathways.

Child's play: A boy jumps across boats wedged on a mixture of crude oil, water and sand, near Bojo in the Niger Delta. Oil production is a major pollutant in the area. Petterik Wiggers/Panos 

Dirty air in Nigeria takes a huge toll on lives and livelihoods. But civil society is not short of ideas for change, as...

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