Africa

The Omicron variant: what we know so far

27 November 2021 11:45 am

Will the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes Covid-19, be the black swan that pulls the world back —…

When it comes to Africa, the media look away

20 November 2021 9:00 am

Kenya Each time I sit in St Bride’s on Fleet Street during the memorial of another friend, I look around…

Africa’s empty vastness has vanished under the concrete of the present day

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Kenya   When I was a child in Kenya, the road from the Indian Ocean up to Nairobi was still…

Wrapped up in satire, a serious lesson about the fine line between success and scandal

2 October 2021 9:00 am

Have you heard of champing? Neither had I. Turns out it’s camping in a field beside a deserted church. When…

Our farm is a haven for lost souls

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Laikipia He was turned out in a crisp bush ranger’s uniform and handled his assault rifle like a man hardened…

The Nobel truth

4 September 2021 9:00 am

I suspect that there are no people in the world quite so right-on as the Nobel prize committee members. A…

What a comic treat: The Game of Love and Chance at the Arcola reviewed

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Lady Sylvia is a gorgeous aristocrat whose hand is sought by the charming Dorante whom she has never met. To…

What's behind the South African riots?

15 July 2021 8:59 am

South Africa is ablaze once more. In the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal (formerly Natal) and Gauteng (which includes Johannesburg and Pretoria),…

Thirty years ago, I saw the rebels take Addis Ababa

5 June 2021 9:00 am

Kenya The evening before the assault on Addis Ababa, my guide Girmay and I ventured into a complex stuffed with…

Boko Haram’s demise will only strengthen Isis in Africa

26 May 2021 1:21 am

Multiple reports have confirmed that the Boko Haram chief Abubakar Shekau is dead. Shekau’s demise came after Boko Haram last…

Black African lives should matter too

21 April 2021 8:55 am

The treatment of black people, particularly by law enforcement, has become a principal point of protest in the western world.…

Why I’m investing in sheep

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Laikipia In the past I had a low opinion of sheep. During my first forays into farming I saw them…

Eccentric, artist and storyteller: in memory of my mother Doreen Sanders

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Indian Ocean coast ‘I love you’ became just ‘love’, and that was the last word Mum was able to say…

The many good things to come out of lockdown

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Laikipia I was drinking in the fresh air on the high earth wall of my farm dam last week, when…

The perils of being a Kenyan farmer’s wife

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Laikipia As the train pulled into Victoria my wife Claire, back home on the farm in Kenya, revealed that a…

Ethiopia is slipping into civil war

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Civil war is breaking out in Ethiopia

What a relief it is to be back among level-headed Kenyans

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Kenya I stood under huge skies in the open country of our farm in northern Kenya and, after months of…

Why is the WHO so worried about Tanzania?

23 May 2020 9:00 am

Dar es Salaam The World Health Organisation has drawn up a shortlist of countries it’s most concerned about during the…

Another plague is enveloping the world – locusts

16 May 2020 9:00 am

Another plague is stalking Africa

Why we’ll all be fleeing to Nigeria

9 May 2020 9:00 am

I keep thinking what I’ll do when we regain our liberty — and I picture that beer at the end…

Africa’s invisible epidemics

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Africa   ‘Ah, Africa,’ the French scientist sighed contentedly. This was 1995 and all around us was an Ebola epidemic…

What our 500kg house bull taught us about the value of life

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Death and failure are more integral to farming than any other experience that I’ve witnessed in my life. Some things…

My narrow escape from a burning aircraft

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Addis Ababa airport   This morning I caught a connecting flight via Addis Ababa’s Bole airport. For me this place…

The joy of a Rwandan airport

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Our plane touched down in Rwanda at 7 p.m. Stepping outside on to the metal steps, I smelt that unmistakable…

Tiny Rowland, 1991 [Business Collection/Shutterstock]

The man with the inside story on Tiny Rowland

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Kenya   At his house on Kenya’s coast our neighbour Paul Spicer kept a photograph of himself as quite a…