Halima Gikandi

Africa Correspondent

Halima Gikandi is the Africa Correspondent at The World. She covers the continent, with a focus on politics, security and human rights.

Halima Gikandi is The World’s Africa Correspondent based in Nairobi, Kenya. She reports on current affairs in Africa, with a focus on politics, security and human rights. Her reporting has taken her across the continent, from Sudan to South Africa.

Before joining The World in 2019, Halima was a freelance journalist based in East Africa, where she covered major regional events like the political revolution in Sudan and the Dusit terrorist attack in Nairobi.

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Libyan pop star Bahjat beat the odds. Now he wants to popularize ‘A-pop.’

After civil war broke out in his country, singer-songwriter Bahjat and his family had to flee Libya. But that didn't stop him from pursuing his dreams. Bahjat now sings a blend of Arabic and English songs in a genre he calls "A-pop," or Arabic pop.

Libyan pop star Bahjat beat the odds. Now he wants to popularize ‘A-pop.’
Facebook's Meta logo sign is seen at the company headquarters in Menlo Park, California, on Oct. 28, 2021

‘I hold Facebook directly responsible for my father’s murder’: Lawsuit alleges platform fueled violence in Ethiopia

‘I hold Facebook directly responsible for my father’s murder’: Lawsuit alleges platform fueled violence in Ethiopia
Demonstrators show "stop oil in Africa" written on their hands during a protest with Stop Pipelines coalition against pipelines in East Africa.

Land issues at the heart of Uganda’s oil showdown

Land issues at the heart of Uganda’s oil showdown
After the discovery of commercial quantities of oil in 2006, Hoima, Uganda, is being referred to as “Oil City,” Hoima, Uganda, November 2022.

Why African countries like Uganda are investing in fossil fuels

Why African countries like Uganda are investing in fossil fuels
Members of the Ethiopian National Defense Force hold national flags as they parade during a ceremony to remember those soldiers who died on the first day of the Tigray conflict, outside the city administration office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Thursday, Nov

After 2 years of war, hope for peace in northern Ethiopia

After 2 years of war, hope for peace in northern Ethiopia
South Africa's Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor addresses the United Nations Security Council.

‘We want Africa to take its place’: African leaders call for more representation at UN Security Council

Leaders of African nations have long demanded reforms to the UN Security Council, arguing that they deserve more representation on the council, given the large percentage of council issues that involve Africa.

‘We want Africa to take its place’: African leaders call for more representation at UN Security Council
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Tanzania submits first Oscar entry in more than 20 years

The film, “Vuta n’Kuvute,” or “Tug of War” in English, revisits the colonial and revolutionary past of the island of Zanzibar.

Tanzania submits first Oscar entry in more than 20 years
Kenya's Ferdinand Omanyala celebrates after winning gold in the men's 100m final during the athletics in the Alexander Stadium at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England

This Kenyan sprinter is inspiring more youth from his country to take up the sport

Kenyan sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala won the gold medal for the 100-meter sprint at the Commonwealth Games in August — the first time for his country in 60 years. Now, he's hoping to inspire more youth to pursue the sport.

This Kenyan sprinter is inspiring more youth from his country to take up the sport
A camp for internally displaced people in Baidoa, Somalia.

‘Double the suffering’: Between drought and insecurity in Somalia 

Somalis find themselves caught between twin crises: the worst drought to hit the region in more than 40 years, and ongoing insecurity caused by terrorism.

‘Double the suffering’: Between drought and insecurity in Somalia 
Displaced women collect water in yellow plastic cans in Baidoa, Somalia.

'No more food in my village': Aid needed to avert a famine in Somalia

The United Nations has said more than 700 children have died in malnourishment centers in Somalia this year. Several parts of the country could experience famine from October to December due to extreme drought.

'No more food in my village': Aid needed to avert a famine in Somalia
Khadija Mohamed al-Makhzoumi is Somalia's first environment and climate change minister.

Somalia’s first environment minister aims to alleviate suffering from climate disasters

Environment and Climate Change Minister Khadija Mohamed al-Makhzoumi says the world often associates Somalia with security issues. But the biggest problem facing Somalia now is climate change, she said.

Somalia’s first environment minister aims to alleviate suffering from climate disasters
Burna Boy performs at State Farm Arena on Sunday, July 31, 2022, in Atlanta. 

‘Afrobeats is the party’: The rise of African beats in global music

Afrobeats has soared in popularity, from Lagos to New York, and even Seoul, South Korea.

‘Afrobeats is the party’: The rise of African beats in global music
Angella Okutoyi, 18, seen wearing a red shirt and swinging a ball with her racket, is Kenya's fastest-rising tennis star.

Kenyan tennis star Angella Okutoyi inspires a new generation

Even since 18-year-old Angella Okutoyi's Wimbledon win last month, she's been getting a lot of attention at home from aspiring tennis players. Her ascension in the sport comes after a long road of hard work, perseverance and determination against the odds.

Kenyan tennis star Angella Okutoyi inspires a new generation
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Countries congratulate Kenya’s president-elect William Ruto as competitor challenges election results

The president-elect, who has served as deputy president for the past 10 years, has been elected at a time when Kenya's flailing, debt-laden economy has left a lot of people struggling to make ends meet. 

Countries congratulate Kenya’s president-elect William Ruto as competitor challenges election results
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Raila Odinga disputes Kenya’s presidential results in close election

While countries around the world have begun congratulating the president-elect, within Kenya, the results remain controversial and disputed.

Raila Odinga disputes Kenya’s presidential results in close election