Pambazuka, a Swahili word which means "dawn" or "get light" is also a cool news site that has podcasts and videocasts
"Pambazuka News is produced by a pan-African community of some 300
citizens and organisations - academics, policy makers, social
activists, women's organisations, civil society organisations, writers,
artists, poets, bloggers, and commentators who together produce
insightful, sharp and thoughtful analyses and make it one of the
largest and most innovative and influential web forums for social
justice in Africa."