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    Nigeria’s Presidential elections: are six female candidates better than one?

Nigeria’s Presidential elections: are six female candidates better than one?

2018 is emerging as the “year of the woman”, with record numbers of women being elected in the US mid-terms, and first-time female presidents appointed in Singapore and Vietnam, among others. With the 2019 presidential election looming, Emily van der Merwe examines how Nigeria is faring.

Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election is turning out to be a race of geriatrics, […]

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    Why the Pankhurst Name is Synonymous with Ethiopia as well as the Suffragette Movement

Why the Pankhurst Name is Synonymous with Ethiopia as well as the Suffragette Movement

LSE’s Behailu Shiferaw Mihirete tells the story of Sylvia Pankhurst, daughter of prominent suffragette Emmeline, who became a relentless advocate for Ethiopia during the Fascist Italian invasion of 1936 to 1941.

The year 2018 marks the centenary of the year when some women (who met the age (>30 years old) and property criteria or who were university educated) succeeded in […]

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    Book Review: The African Union : Autocracy, Diplomacy and Peace-building in Africa by Tony Karbo and Tim Murithi

Book Review: The African Union : Autocracy, Diplomacy and Peace-building in Africa by Tony Karbo and Tim Murithi

Richard Moncrieff argues that this book is a reflection of the conditions of academic production concerning the African Union. The eagerness to offer prescription rather than push the analysis further and the absence of consideration of realities on the ground in African countries both reflect a world dominated by consultancy and multiple hatting, he says.

How should we evaluate the […]

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    Nigeria: “Education and Innovation for Poverty Alleviation” – but don’t forget the Arts.

Nigeria: “Education and Innovation for Poverty Alleviation” – but don’t forget the Arts.

As presidential aspirants lay out their manifestos ahead of the upcoming elections in Nigeria, Emily van der Merwe argues that the arts can also play a significant role in alleviating poverty.

 

Earlier this year, Nigeria overtook India as the country with the largest number of people living in extreme poverty, with 87 million Nigerians, or roughly half of the population, […]

Japan and the African Challenge

Although Japan was the first country to launch a forum on African development, the East Asian giant’s Africa engagement is now lagging behind some of its fellow Asian powers, argues Anne-Léonore Dardenne.

Over the last decade, Africa has undergone a substantial transformation and has attracted the attention of major Asian powers such as China, India, Japan and more recently South Korea. […]

Transformation Euphoria in the Horn of Africa

As political transformation occurs across the Horn of Africa at an unprecedented pace, Abukar Arman provides a comprehensive analysis of the rapidly changing situation.

The political transformation in the Horn of Africa is arguably the most counterintuitive development in the 21st century so far. Ethiopia has steered away from implosion and, for the first time in its history, appointed […]

Somalis in the First World War

As a new exhibition commemorates the Somali effort during the First World War, LSE’s Joanna Lewis analyses how scholarship of the Great War is increasingly encompassing the global contribution of the conflict.
This year marks the centenary of the end of the First World War (1914-18).  In London, one of the most famous WW1 memorials can be found in Hyde […]

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    #ZimElections2018: Charismatic Appeals Vs Performance Legitimacy

#ZimElections2018: Charismatic Appeals Vs Performance Legitimacy

As Zimbabwe heads to the first Mugabe-less polls, LSE’s McDonald Lewanika analyses the campaigns two leading Presidential candidates.

Behold the New

On July 30, 2018, Zimbabwe will have its first post-Mugabe harmonised election, where 23 candidates from 22 political parties will engage in mortal political combat for the country’s presidency. Over 1648 candidates from at least 55 political parties (about 220 […]

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    Civil society organisations can have a pivotal role in #Zimbabwe’s transition towards building a democratic nation

Civil society organisations can have a pivotal role in #Zimbabwe’s transition towards building a democratic nation

As Zimbabwe continues to adjust to the country’s new leader, Ringisai Chikohomero argues that the change of regime has opened an opportunity for civil society organisations to engage with the government.

For decades, Zimbabwe has been dominated by personality politics and patronage networks which have curtailed the country’s progress. The ‘military-assisted transition’, as it is called, of November 2017 which […]

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    When Archives Speak Back: Sexual Violence in the #Congo Free State

When Archives Speak Back: Sexual Violence in the #Congo Free State

As apologists for colonialism gain prominence, Charlotte Mertens reports how the Congolese voices resting in the Africa archives of Brussels reveal the use of rape, sexual exploitation and torture as punishment, extortion and a display of colonial power.

 

When talking about colonialism, its power structures and durabilities, it matters who speaks. When people in privileged positions speak out in favour […]

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