How new leaders start off and forthcoming elections are settled in the first quarter, could set the tone for the rest of the year.
By 2030 about 50% of Burundians, Eritreans, Malagasies and Rwandese will be shorter than they should be - here's why
Will have adverse effects on country economies - can cost up to 11% of the GDP in Africa each year
The supposed discovery of one of history's most notorious pirates was attended even by the president. UNESCO says 'hogwash'.
When President Rajaonarimampianina took power in January 2014, it was hoped Madagascar would finally emerge from a deep political and economic crisis.
In Madagascar ex-First Lady runs for mayor; in Zimbabwe Grace Mugabe goes into ice cream and chocolate
Kenya president Kenyatta's family is leading milking processor, and in Uganda leader Museveni owns the country's largest cattle herd.
Madagascar frees Ravalomanana after ex-president cracks, recognises regime; other African leaders haven't been so lucky
Former president spent just six months under house arrest; some have done nearly 20 years.
Deadly times for young people in Africa; lynched in Mali, abducted in South Sudan, starving in Madagascar
UNICEF estimates there are at least 12,000 children used by both sides in South Sudan's ongoing civil war.
Despite Ethiopia being the first country in SSAfrica to have a railway, a train has not left Addis Ababa in six year - that's about to change.
Low vaccination coverage to blame, but there was little risk of a wider spread.
Continent offers international surfers new horizons as Sierra Leone, Cape Verde, Ghana join hot spot South Africa