Madagascar today is one of the richest nations in the region, and one of the poorest. It has vast natural resources (gold, nickel, cobalt, petroleum), but 92 percent of its people live on $2.00 per day or less.
Before the Westgate attack, Kenya had successfully thwarted a number of terrorist plots. The coming days and weeks are likely to see more beefed up, continent-wide efforts to counter terrorism.
The so-called Guptagate scandal that has gripped South Africa over the past month has further exposed the scale of corruption dogging the ruling ANC. President Zuma was reportedly incandescent with rage.
France has sent 350 troops to counter the Seleka (rebel) forces that have taken control of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic.
Lumumba's murder - "the country's original sin" - was motivated by the U.S. desire to control the Congo's resources.
About 3,000 French troops have now entered the war in Mali, at the request of Malian President Dioncounda Traoré.
More astute analysis highlights the appalling situation of South Africa's mining communities as being fertile ground for the crisis that has developed at Marikana.
Opposition to Mswati's royal despotism has been arising through the trade unions. Demands include increased wages and union rights, as well as democratic reforms.
Ghana is mourning the death of its beloved president, John Evans Atta Mills, who was only five months away from the end of his first term and expected re-election.