[DW] A former interior minister is tipped to succeed President Mahamadou Issoufou. Niger is attempting its first peaceful transfer of power since gaining independence from France 60 years ago.
[DW] Rebels in the east of DR Congo have killed at least 25 people, beheading some, local officials say. Fighters from the Allied Democratic Forces have been blamed for the attack on New Year's Eve.
[DW] The National Democratic Congress has petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn the result of Ghana's presidential election, saying incumbent Akufo-Addo's win was illegal. The case could be a catalyst for future polls.
[Dalsan Radio] A suspected U.S airstrike has destroyed Al Shabaab owned Alfurqaan radio station in Kunya-Barrow area of Lower Shabelle region.
[Vanguard] Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole has destroyed a new Boko Haram settlement at Mana Waji in Borno, killing scores of the terrorists in massive air interdiction missions on Friday.
[DW] Authorities in Mali have charged six figures, including former Prime Minister Boubou Cisse, with trying to stage a coup.
[ICG] The Al-Shabaab insurgency is in attack mode as elections draw near in Somalia. To stop the militants from disrupting the vote, federal and regional authorities should bolster security measures around polling stations and prepare impartial means of resolving disputes that may arise over the outcome.
[DW] Tensions are rising as Uganda gears up for a general election. President Yoweri Museveni, in power for 36 years, has changed the constitution so he can run again. Experts fear the violence will not stop at the polls.
[Swazi Media] Police in Swaziland (eSwatini) blocked a march for democracy and arrested leaders, torturing at least one of them, according to reports.
[The Exchange] President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) to prepare harmonised COVID-19 protocols that will ensure participants are safe during the African Union meetings scheduled for February next year.
[DW] Ethnic violence erupted in Ethiopia after the killing of singer Hachalu Hundessa. A local human rights watchdog says Ethiopian security officers used "highly questionable" force.
[Premium Times] Some of the conditions were that the applicant should "be preferably from a federal university," and that soft copies of applications should be forwarded to the e-mail addresses of both the outgoing VC, Mr Soremekun, and the university's registrar, Olatunbosun Odusanya.