The Africa Report: 27 August

EWN’s Africa correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day’s top African news

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Picture: AFP


There will be no first year students admitted to the University of Liberia this year after 25,000 entrants failed the admissions exam, with a 100% failure rate.

The university says the 25,000 school-leavers who took the $25 examination lacked enthusiasm and did not have a basic grasp of the English language.

Thus, the university will open in September with no first years.

Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, said that the country's education system continues to suffer a decade after the debilitating civil war that claimed more than 200,000 lives from 1989 to 1996.

Meanwhile, Education Minister, Etmonia Tarpeh, says she cannot believe the 100% failure rate and will be meeting with university officials to discuss the situation.

However, the university claims it will not be swayed by emotion.



Two Kenyan men vying for the attention of one woman have signed an agreement that will see them "marrying" her in order to quell a dispute.

An unnamed widow and mother of two children caught the attention of Elijah Kimani and Sylvester Mwendwa more than four years ago, but would not choose between the two.

A public spat ensued between the men, saying they each could not live without the woman, before both agreed to sign a deal that will see them in a rota system.

Also, if any more children are born, both men will share the parental and financial responsibilities.

Unlike polygamy, the practice of one woman with more than one husband, is not legally recognised in Kenya.

Thus, Kimani and Mwendwa's marriage to the unnamed woman will not be recognised as part of communal practice in Kenya.



Four out of six peacekeepers are missing in Sudan's troubled Darfur region following a flash flood on Monday.

The six peacekeepers were escorting the World Food Programme to Misterei when their truck got stuck in the mud near El Geneina, the western Darfur capital.

When they attempted to get the truck out the mud, all six were swept away by a powerful current.

An African Union/United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) rescue team found two of the peacekeepers, but the rest are still missing and an attempt to find them is ongoing.

According to government figures, recent flooding in Sudan has claimed more than 50 lives and affected more than 500,000 Sudanese people.