- Benin recorded its lowest voter turnout rate ever – just 27.12% - during its controversial April 28, legislative elections from which the opposition was excluded.
- Footage from the heart of the revolution all contained one thing in common: the familiar beat of music. Sudanese music has always been heavily laden with political rhetoric.
Voodoo And The Peculiar ‘Politics Of Menopause’: Why Age Gives West African Women More Autonomy And PowerIn some West African societies women in menopause are believed to be equipped with supernatural powers. There’s Support the argument put forward in the African feminist literature that seniority trumps gender in an African context.
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Algeria And Sudan’s Recent Ouster Of Strongmen Are The Exception; The Democratic Reversal Is Fully On In AfricaPolitical space is shrinking in Africa. More often than not, political opposition in countries across the continent has been met with internet shutdowns, repression, and outright violence.
‘Make Like The Dinosaurs, And Disappear!’, Algerians Tell Ailing Strongman Bouteflika. How Does It End?A genuine and inspiring people’s revolution, powerful yet so far remarkably peaceful, perhaps a second Arab Spring, has been unfolding in Algeria.
‘Watermelon Politics’, ‘Skirt-and-Blouse-Voting’, And More…New Dictionary Provides Subtle Insights Into The Language Of African PoliticsIt is packed full of fascinating terms from across the continent, from a variety of languages including Kiswahili, Chibemba, Kikuyu, Wolof, isiZulu and isiXhosa.
Perils Of Baksheesh: North Africa Shows The Threat Corruption Poses To The Economy And Security Of NationsON December 17, 2010, young Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself alight in front of the local governor’s office in an ultimate attempt to denounce corruption and injustice in his country. This act of despair triggered the Arab Spring. Eight years later, despite the government’s sustained efforts, corruption seems …
‘Rwanda Studies’, And Debates Over 1994 Genocide, Are Highly Dominated By Non-Rwandans. Can That Be Fixed?As Tutsi intellectuals and academics were actively targeted and murdered in 1994, important intellectual capital was lost. However, current literature scholars have also repeatedly argued that Rwandans self-censor their research on politically sensitive topics.
- Parallels have been drawn between events in Algeria and the “Arab Spring” which swept through North Africa from 2011. The uprisings led to the overthrow of three authoritarian regimes: Tunisia’s Ben Ali, Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi and Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak.
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- The economy is devastated, and more than 2.4 million South Sudanes live as refugees in neighbouring countries that include Uganda, Ethiopia, and Sudan.
As Abiy Continues ‘Unbelievable’ Change, Power Shift Creates New Tensions And Tigrayan Fears In EthiopiaEthiopia’s rate of 2.4 million new internally displaced people in 2018 far exceeded Syria’s. Reformist Abiy's aggressive reform agenda has won praise, but shaking up Ethiopia's government risks exacerbating several long-simmering ethnic rivalries.
‘Women And The War On Boko Haram: Wives, Weapons, Witnesses’ Is A Provocative Insight Into Their Life In The Jihadist GroupBoko Haram offers relatively better life for some women than north Nigerian society. Many women have looked to religion for a space of relative autonomy, generating the apparent paradox of female support for sharia law
- Islamic State in West Africa digs wells, provides some basic healthcare, has a judicial system in and a tax regime that’s generally accepted – creating an environment where people can do business.
In Africa, China Is Not Just A Predator, Or A Friend: What Journalism Can Do To Paint A Better PictureThe “predator” coverage portrays African countries as “set to burn as debt soars”. The “friend” image is portrayed through coverage of officials rejecting this view.
How Science Fiction And Fantasy Can Help Us Make Sense Of The World – Of Afro-Futurism Beyond ‘Black Panther’Nnedi Okorafor in “Lagoon” and Tade Thompson in “Rosewater” take us to Nigeria to illuminate the “what-ifs” of that society for Nigerians themselves.
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- Somalia Doesn’t Have To Fight To Conquer: Somalis Are Already Africa’s Small Kings And Queens
- In This Part Of Africa, It Is The Men Who Wear Veils
- ‘Fideri’ Castro, Liberation, And A Strange Affair: How African Anti-Communists Too Came To Love The Cuban Leader (Part 2)
- The United Nations Lives Fat And Large In Nairobi; But Is It Crooked Too?
- GOLDEN OLDIE: Lions, Hyenas, And A ‘Village Dictator’; Images From The Ethiopia-Eritrea War
Book Review: Who’s Reporting Africa Now?: Non-Governmental Organisations, Journalists, and MultimediaWhether it is translators being leaned on for “simplified” accounts or bad-faith corporate social responsibility purporting to involve a marathon trip from Kenya to South Africa in a wheelchair, cautionary lessons abound.
- Africa needs to heal the psychological effects of “centuries of alienation and enslavement” to regain self-esteem and self-respect.