Ofeibea Quist-Arcton

Ofeibea Quist-Arcton appears in the following:

As Mandela Lies In Hospital, Family Fights Over Kin's Graves

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Former South African President Nelson Mandela remains in stable but critical condition at a Pretoria hospital, where he's been since June 8 for treatment of a serious lung infection.

The anti-apartheid hero, who survived 27 years in jail and decades of oppression, is 15 days shy of his 95th ...


Media Focus On Ailing Mandela Is Not 'The African Way'

Saturday, May 11, 2013

It's almost impossible these days to switch on South African radio or television, or read a local newspaper, website or tweet, and not hear Nelson Mandela's name mentioned.

Friday marked the 19th anniversary of Mandela's inauguration as South Africa's first democratically elected — and first black — president, four years ...


Dream Wedding Is Now South Africa's Diplomatic Nightmare

Saturday, May 04, 2013

It's been dubbed Guptagate. The real-life story reads like a Hollywood — or Bollywood — script, and it's dominating the national conversation in South Africa.

It starts with a high-society wedding in South Africa, organized by three wealthy, well-connected and influential brothers named Gupta from India. Then the scandal begins: ...


Lady Mechanic Initiative Trains Women For 'The Best Job'

Thursday, May 02, 2013

The young women training to be mechanics at Nigeria's Lady Mechanic Initiative wear navy overalls and work boots and their hair is tucked under customized red caps as they repair vehicles in a garage. Customers come and go, dropping off and collecting their cars. Trainee Enogie Osagie says she faced ...


S. African Leader Under Fire After Awkward Visit With Mandela

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

In South Africa, controversial images of a frail and ashen Nelson Mandela being visited by South Africa's current president aired on national television this week. Some people claimed it was a political publicity stunt.

The footage is fueling fresh debate about what is proper and what constitutes invasion of privacy ...


An American In Mali, Teaching The Country's Sounds

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Numbers are down at the American International School in Bamako, the capital of Mali.

In just over a year, the country has witnessed a rebellion, a military coup and the occupation by Islamist fighters of the desert northern region, recently largely liberated in a counteroffensive by French-led forces. Despite the ...


Chinua Achebe, Nigerian Author Of 'Things Fall Apart,' Dies

Friday, March 22, 2013

His seminal work played a critical role in establishing post-colonial African literature. Achebe also taught Africana Studies at Brown University.


Baba Salah: A Malian Musician Speaks To His Nation's Displaced

Thursday, March 21, 2013

It's Friday night in Bamako, and a club in the Malian capital has come alive. Guitarist and singer Baba Salah is on the floor.

His hometown of Gao, along the banks of the River Niger on the fringes of the Sahara Desert, made headlines as the first city in the ...


Mali In Crisis Fractures Along Twin Fault Lines

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

After 20 years of apparent stability in turbulent West Africa, Mali is now battling dual crises: a rebellion in the north, and a military coup in the south. There are reports of gross...


News from West Africa: Mali and Senegal

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Adam Nossiter, West Africa bureau chief for the New York Times, and Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, NPR West Africa correspondent, discuss the coup in Mali and the peaceful election and transition of power in Senegal.

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'Enough Is Enough,' Say Senegalese Rappers

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Senegal's capital of Dakar remains jittery, with youth and police locked in running street battles.

Riot police are firing tear gas on rock-throwing protesters who oppose President Abdoulaye Wade's bid for a third term in office. With a week to go until the presidential vote, opposition demonstrations have been banned, ...


Ivory Coast: Africa's Other Civil War

Monday, March 28, 2011

With world attention focused on North Africa,  the UN says almost one million Ivorians are fleeing their capital. Elizabeth Dickinson, assistant managing editor and blogger at Foreign Policy magazine and Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, West Africa correspondent for NPR, discuss the escalation of post-election violence.

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