Economic Community of West African States

West African leaders agree to send troops to Mali's occupied north

The emergency summit of the Economic Community of West African States, or Ecowas, in session on November 11, 2012. Photo: AFP

West African nations have agreed to send 3,300 troops to help Mali wrest back control of its northern half, which was seized by al-Qaeda-linked fighters more than six months ago, according to an official involved in the discussions, and a statement read on Nigerian state

Tuesday, 13 November, 2012, 2:56am

Talking points

Last chance to claim HK$500,000 reward for ring

30 May 2012 - 12:00am

Africans feel Chinese investment 'more generous' than West's

The recent spate of Chinese investment in Africa brings with it its fair share of issues - not least amongst them concern for the rate at which Chinese companies are extracting natural resources - but also a number of tangible benefits according to Pascal Agboyibor partner Global Finance of multi-national law firm Orrick.

20 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Michael Church in South Africa

Ghana's green, gold and red flag has become almost omnipresent as the build-up to the quarter-finals intensifies. All across Johannesburg, South Africa's rainbow-coloured national symbol has been temporarily shelved. Regional pride has taken hold at Africa's first World Cup and, from Sandton to Soweto, the Black Stars have become the standard-bearers for the hopes of South African fans.

2 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

World Cup unites African community in Guangzhou

Guangzhou's streets are usually quiet at 2am but the city's thriving African community brought the rhythms of the continent's first soccer World Cup to the Pearl River Delta early on Thursday morning.

26 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

A taste of African culture for mainlanders

Different languages, cultural traits, misleading stereotypes - all the usual suspects of cultural misunderstanding emerge in a study of the African trading community in Guangzhou. But there was a bright side to the findings, published this year by the China Quarterly: half the respondents said they never or seldom had communication problems.

10 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Afghanistan's visa woes leave Hong Kong juniors kicking their heels

After a week of training and getting used to conditions in Toronto, Hong Kong have been forced to wait an extra day to get their ICC Under-19 World Cup qualifying campaign under way as their first opponents, Afghanistan, are not yet in Canada.

1 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Feared dead after fall, Nigerian alive but critically ill

The Nigerian man who was feared dead yesterday after falling from a window while fleeing police is still alive but in critical condition.

A doctor at Guangzhou Military District Main Hospital said Emmanuel Egisimba had suffered severe head injuries.

'His head is seriously injured. His life is in danger,' said the doctor, who would not give his name.

17 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Judge says freed Nigerian cannot be deported

Hong Kong cannot deport a Nigerian heroin smuggler who spent 16 years in prison because he might face a second drug trial in the West African country, a judge ruled yesterday.

6 May 2009 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

The headline, 'Amnesty says hundreds killed in Gambian witch-hunts', on a report on page A10 yesterday was inaccurate. The report quoted Amnesty International as saying hundreds of people had been kidnapped in witch-hunts in The Gambia. The report said at least two were known to have died. We regret the error.

20 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

CRCC falls 18.5pc on project halt

The share price of China Railway Construction Corp (CRCC) fell 18.47 per cent to HK$7.99 yesterday, after the rail construction giant announced the Nigerian government had taken over the firm's US$8.3 billion project in the African country.

The state-owned firm's Shanghai share price fell 9.2 per cent to 7.77 yuan (HK$8.80).

5 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

End the stereotypes about Africa

New Africa films keep coming - this time it's the riveting Blood Diamond; last year the superbly acted The Last King of Scotland - while Out of Africa still vibrates in my mind almost 20 years after its release. But am I alone in being rather cross when my 16-year-old daughter asks me yet again: 'Is Africa really like that?'

19 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Diamond miners at mercy of cheats in Africa

In a darkened room in Sierra Leone's tiny village of Bandafayie, two dozen men sit discussing the four Cs of diamonds: cut, colour, clarity and carats.

They pass around shiny fake diamonds that look like novelty ice cubes, try on a jeweller's monocle and test out the terminology - 'impurities' and 'speculative' - that denotes a gemstone's worth.

28 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

West Africa gives lessons in true value of an education

I WAS NERVOUS AND sweaty on my first day of school. It was mid-October and I had recently arrived in Accra, the capital Ghana, in West Africa. I looked at the classroom of 30 coffee-coloured students at Stephenson's International School. They were dressed in uniform peach button-down shirts and brown shorts or skirts.

20 May 2006 - 12:00am

Roots in rhythm

Ten-year-old Mophelia Donway tosses her hands in the air, shaking and wiggling in a dance across the dusty stage in the hot community centre at Ghana's Buduburam refugee camp. A few minutes earlier, she was a soft-spoken child, shyly saying she likes singing and dancing and learning about her home country, Liberia.

2 May 2006 - 12:00am