Politics

The Congo’s political crisis is stirring deadly violence in Kasai and beyond

The UN has labelled the DRC a “level 3 emergency“. This is its highest warning and puts it...

Uganda: Why Stella Nyanzi’s radical rudeness scares the government

The outspoken feminist academic is still facing charges for criticising the president last year. But when the patriarchy...

Forgetting Marikana: What does Ramaphosa’s rise mean for poor South Africans?

As director of Lonmin, the multi-millionaire saw miners striking for a living wage as criminals. Credit: GCIS. Cyril...

Boiling a frog: Ramaphosa’s patient battle for the soul of the ANC

Ramaphosa is now president of a deeply divided party. History suggests he will move cautiously, but effectively. Cyril...

Pushed to extremes: Cameroon’s escalating Anglophone crisis

As the crackdown continues, armed secessionist groups may be gaining in strength, support and resolve. Cameroonian soldiers and...

Meet some of the men redefining masculinity in Kenya

While a crisis of masculinity is being witnessed the world over, it looks different in every region. In...

Côte d’Ivoire: Africa’s fastest growing economy’s bittersweet year

Low cocoa prices have compounded some tough economic challenges for Côte d’Ivoire. Côte d’Ivoire is the world’s largest...

The Burundi peace talks are all wrong

Not only has the latest round of peace negotiations has failed. It has also fundamentally misdiagnosed the problem...

Zuma vs. Ramaphosa: South Africa now has two centres of power

Cyril Ramaphosa may be the new leader of the ruling party, but Jacob Zuma still controls the state....

Since the removal of sanctions, Sudan’s economy has actually got worse

Sanctions held back Sudan’s economy, but not nearly as much as the government’s own policies. In the last...

Africa’s battle against malnutrition can be won. These 4 principles will help.

A quarter of the world’s malnourished population is in sub-Saharan Africa, but there have been some notable successes.  ...

Far from defeated: Boko Haram gears up for a deadly Christmas

Despite claims of their defeat, Islamist fighters have launched numerous attacks on both civilians and military bases in...

Could Global South solidarity finally ensure justice for Kenya’s Endorois?

The Endorois community has been fighting for compensation ever since their unlawful removal from ancestral lands in the...

Bit by bit, Uganda is laying the groundwork for future unrest

Economically and politically, the government’s actions are leading to growing frustrations and lawlessness. President Yoweri Museveni has been...

Don’t Mess With The Military and 4 other lessons from Africa in 2017

What trends emerged in Africa in 2017? What can we expect in 2018? General Chiwenga had little to...

There Atiku goes: Nigeria’s most ambitious nomad moves home again

The controversial former vice-president has now switched parties for the fourth time. Could this defection be the decisive...

#EndSARS: Why a few reforms won’t fix the world’s worst police force

Nigerians are calling for Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a notoriously brutal police unit, to be disbanded. With good reason....

Nigerians are making fun of their leaders, but to what end?

Nigeria’s satire scene is growing. But most networks are afraid of angering those in power by giving it...

Frenemies for life: Has the love gone between Uganda and Rwanda?

Uganda’s arrests of alleged Rwandan agents has sparked rumours and theories that all is not well between the...

Zimbabwe’s new president: Will Emmerson Mnangagwa be better than Robert Mugabe?

Print section Print Rubric:  Emmerson Mnangagwa must act fast to prove he is better than Robert Mugabe Print...

More than meets the eye: Women and Boko Haram

Print section Print Headline:  Both sides of the coin Print Fly Title:  Women and Boko Haram UK Only...

Nigeria: Their election boycott fell flat. What now for the Biafra separatists?

The Nigerian government claims the secessionist group IPOB is “dead and gone”. Its supporters beg to differ. Protesters...

Fight not flight: Eritrea’s youth taking matters into their own hands

The student protest in Asmara last month was rare and unique, but not unprecedented. Are Eritrea’s young people...

African women in the workplace: From “Why me?” to “Why not me?”

Sustaining an un-level playing field isn’t just bad for women. It’s bad for companies. Discussing female leadership in...

Enter the crocodile: Will Zimbabwe’s new president make things better?

Print section Print Rubric:  But the task of fixing a broken country is daunting Print Headline:  A tyrant...

Robert who?: Pictures of Robert Mugabe are being torn down all over Zimbabwe

Print section Print Rubric:  The former despot’s name and face are vanishing from public places Print Headline:  Robert...

DRC: Tensions with refugees are rising and the NGO response might be making it worse

Host communities in northeastern Congo say they’re being overlooked in the humanitarian response to the influx of South...

Dictator’s end: Robert Mugabe, who bragged he would rule Zimbabwe until death, has resigned

Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  Dictator’s end Location:  HARARE Main image:  20171125_MAP504.jpg   SUDDENLY...

No puppet: President Lourenço stamps his authority on Angola

Two months into office, Dos Santos’ handpicked successor is systematically removing the former president’s children from state power....

Zimbabwe: How impeachment would actually work

Impeaching President Mugabe will not be a quick or a simple affair. Despite what some are saying, impeaching...

Negotiating Mugabexit: Robert Mugabe clings to his title, as crowds holler for him to go

Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  Negotiating Mugabexit Location:  HARARE Main image:  20171125_MAP501.jpg ZIMBABWEANS tuned...

Rebuilding after the dictator: New Gambia’s slow road to reform

President Jammeh spent over two decades centralising power and sowing distrust. How do you rebuild a nation after...

Power to the party: Zimbabwe’s coup isn’t a revolution but a consolidation

President Mugabe’s successor may make some economic reforms, but don’t expect ZANU-PF to loosen its grip on power....

“Only the short-sighted would say we’ve been liberated”: Life continues amid Zimbabwe’s political limbo

Zimbabweans are on tenterhooks and social media is abuzz. But most are going about their daily business as...

The man who ruined a country: How Robert Mugabe held on to power for so long

Print section Print Rubric:  Robert Mugabe’s ruinous reign is ending messily. How did it go so wrong? And...

The coup in Zimbabwe: The army sidelines Robert Mugabe, Africa’s great dictator

Print section Print Rubric:  After 37 years Robert Mugabe has been sidelined by the army. The world should...

Coup de Grace: Zimbabwe’s army mounts a coup against Robert Mugabe

Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  Coup de Grace Main image:  20171118_map502_1.jpg AS DAWN broke...

Zimbabwe: Coup or not, this is the end of an era

The liberation generation has decided to maintain its power through the use of gun. What now? The military...

“A symbolic representation of life”: Behind Malawi’s blood-sucking beliefs

Nine people have been killed by vigilantes recently. But this isn’t the first time rumours of vampires sucking...

Zimbabwe: The UK’s misguided role in the rise and fall of Mnangagwa

The UK’s faith in the former VP taking over from Robert Mugabe revealed its deep misunderstanding of Zimbabwean politics...