The defense chiefs from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) countries excluding Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Guinea and Niger, gather for their extraordinary meeting in Accra, Ghana, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2023, to discuss the situation in Nig

3 coup-hit West African nations exit ECOWAS citing sanctions, no support against terrorism 

Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso have all experienced military coups in the past few years. They say the regional trade organization is not helping them fight terrorism but rather imposing severe sanctions on them. Ridwan Karim Dini-Osman reports from Ghana on the implications of their withdrawals.

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A girl and her mother rescued from Boko Haram in Sambisa Forest by Nigeria's military arrive at a camp for the displaced.

An uncertain welcome awaits hundreds of Nigerian women and girls freed from Boko Haram captivity

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A musician in Niger spends his days on the bench and his nights on the stage

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Mutiny in Mali continues as Junta announces new constitution

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Attacks in Niger Underline a Spread of Islamist Extremist Groups in West Africa

Lifestyle & Belief

Islamist militants set off two suicide bombings in Niger Thursday. 20 people were killed in addition to the bombers. Friday, French special forces helped Niger’s military secure the base, where they shot dead two militants who were still hiding.

Tuareg Guitarist Omara Bombino Moctar and ‘Agadez’

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Zambian DJ Mannasseh Phiri tells us about a recent CD by Tuareg guitarist Omara Bombino Moctar. Bombino is from Agadez, Niger and his latest release is called “Agadez.”

Nomads Of The Sahara

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Looking for nomads who roam the deserts of North Africa.

Saddi Gadhafi Flees to Niger

Saadi Gadhafi, one of Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s sons, has fled from Libya to Niger. The defection comes a week after a dozen top officials from the Gadhafi regime crossed into Niger, leading some to speculate that Col. Gadhafi may have fled there. The BBC’s Thomas Fessy  reports from Niamey, Niger about what these high profile defections […]

Ongoing Questions Concerning the Whereabouts of Muammar Gaddafi

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Niger denies Gaddafi is there but one high-level Libyan official was welcomed into the country earlier this week.