AllAfrica's Top Stories for 2012


Among AllAfrica's highly-read stories in 2012, Nigerian news pulled most readers. But stories about Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, the controversial video about Uganda's Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army - and of course, sex - were also popular.
  • South Africa:  When Sex Is Work

    allAfrica.com, 5 September 2012

    Linda is a small, soft-spoken woman. She takes out her passport and in a matter-of-fact voice explains, "This thing reminds me of my journey, from the time my husband died." read more »

  • Nigeria:  Is Obama the Anti-Christ?

    Leadership, 5 November 2012

    The American Presidential election will take place tomorrow and frankly some questions still need to be answered. I wish that Governor Mitt Romney had put one of those questions ... read more »

  • Uganda:  Invisible Children's Jason Russell on KONY 2012

    ENOUGH Project, 7 March 2012

    Editor's Note: Invisible Children's latest film, KONY 2012, premiered online today at 12 p.m. PST. It will serve as the cornerstone of a new joint campaign of Invisible Children, ... read more »

  • Ethiopia:  Potential Crisis Looms Over Meles' Health

    African Arguments, 1 August 2012

    Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's former Chief of Staff, was often heard saying, "A crisis is a terrible thing to waste." Asked to explain what he meant, he said, "Crisis presents an ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Prophet Prophesies Political Chaos

    SW Radio Africa, 4 April 2012

    Popular evangelist Emmanuel Makandiwa has prophesied the imminent death of someone he says has deprived people of their freedom in the country. The 34 year old founder of the ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Female Bomber Arrested in Abuja

    Daily Champion, 31 January 2012

    What could have been another Boko Haram tragic incident this year, was averted over the weekend, by staff of a private security firm, Encouragers Security company Limited, thwarted ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Sokoto Names Boko Haram Sponsors

    Daily Champion, 15 February 2012

    Re-arrested hatchet man for the killer Islamic sect, Boko Haram, Kabiru Sokoto yesterday buckled to the interrogation of security agents and opened up on the sponsors and sources ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Chadians Among Kano Attackers, Police Say

    Daily Trust, 24 January 2012

    Police yesterday said people speaking a Chadian language were among the attackers who waged bombing and shooting sprees in Kano last Friday, killing a total of 185 people according ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  General Died Before Fire, Say Allies

    Zimbabwe Standard, 29 January 2012

    Allies of retired General Solomon Mujuru wants a prominent South African private forensic pathologist, Dr Reggie Perumal to get to the bottom of what happened to the former army ... read more »

  • Kenya:  Call Girls Exporting Sex To Juba

    The Star, 10 January 2012

    Juba, the capital of the world's newest country, South Sudan is earning accolades by the day. read more »

Photo: Vanguard

The threat posed by Boko Haram militants to Nigeria was a major topic of news from the country in 2012.