Expect the Africa Cup of Nations to be one of the most exciting tournaments ever as the continent brings its carefree, buccaneering style to the beautiful game. The old guard has stepped down and the two most successful teams are out – leaving the field wide open for new stars to be made.
The Africa Cup of Nations begins in a few days, with Equatorial Guinea taking on Congo in the first match. Players are doing more than limbering up; they are also turning to their magic men for that charm that will bring them success. In Africa, superstition is more than just wearing your lucky underpants.
Nigerian Kunle Adeyemi's floating school in Makoko, Lagos, has received widespread international appeal and won the acclaimed architect several awards.
In the first in a series of photo galleries refocusing the image of African countries, we look at the West African nation of Ghana, on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean. With a population of some 27-million, Ghana is rated the seventh-best governed and fifth-most stable country in Africa, with the continent's sixth-largest economy.
Travel bans for the Ebola-afflicted countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia are not only unnecessary, they will also cause more harm than good by stopping the flow of health workers, medical supplies and humanitarian aid, and further damaging the beleaguered countries' economies, writes Khalid Koser, chair of the Global Agenda Council on Migration.
With the payoff line "the hardest hardcore is Angolan hardcore", a new documentary Death Metal Angola follows the staging of the first rock festival in Angola in 2011, in the process revealing the liberating effect this most extreme form of music has in a country still dealing with its violent past.