Benin recorded its lowest voter turnout rate ever – just 27.12% – during its controversial April 28, legislative elections from which the opposition was excluded.
Political 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.
In an “unspeakable attack” last weekend 157 Fulani villagers in Mali were massacred by armed men from the Dogon community. Violence has also spilled across the border into Burkina Faso and Niger.
In the six years since January 2012, armed groups in West Africa’s Sahel region have grown considerably
In many African countries musicians are in the vanguard of popular struggles. In Seun Kuti carries on the legacy of his father Fela by confronting the country’s venal political elite. In Burkina Faso rappers helped overthrow Blaise Compaore