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Book Review: Thabo Mbeki by Adekeye Adebajo

Nicodemus Minde says this book offers not only Thabo Mbeki’ s story but the history of the nationalist and anti-apartheid struggle movement of the African National Congress.

Adekeye Adebajo, the director of the Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation at the University of Johannesburg writes a short and succinct biography of former South African President Thabo Mbeki. For a writer who […]

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    When the ANC finally apologises for Zuma, South Africa can move forward

When the ANC finally apologises for Zuma, South Africa can move forward

Azad Essa delves into the many scandals that plagued Zuma before his final act and how the ANC turned mostly a blind eye. 

In the end he wanted us to feel sorry for him. Before Jacob Zuma finally uttered the words “I have therefore come to the decision to resign as President of the Republic with immediate effect,” he wanted to make […]

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    Book Review: Open City Lagos by HBS Nigeria, Nsibidi Institute Lagos and Fabulous Urban Zurich

Book Review: Open City Lagos by HBS Nigeria, Nsibidi Institute Lagos and Fabulous Urban Zurich

Kate Dawson says Open City Lagos does well to facilitate an open dialogue, setting the tone for future discussions on cities and inclusivity.

 

New Urban Worlds

In 2016, UN Habitat released the World Cities Report, warning that global urbanisation would continue apace at unprecedented rates, ushering in ‘new urban worlds’ (Simone and Pieterse, 2017) throughout the twenty-first century. We are told that […]

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    Book Review: Dealing with Government in South Sudan (2015) by Cherri Leonardi

Book Review: Dealing with Government in South Sudan (2015) by Cherri Leonardi

Diana Felix da Costa argues that this book offers valuable insights into processes of state formation and state-society relations across South Sudan as well as in East Africa

Cherry Leonardi’s book Dealing with Government in South Sudan is a detailed and rich account of the historical development of chiefship and of the state in southern Sudan. Focusing on three urban areas and […]

Burundi under Malthus’ scrutiny

Louis-Marie Nindorera argues that Burundi’s political leadership will be a key determinant in how the country manages land scarcity.

As the time for a new population census approaches, Burundi counts its mouths to feed, breaks up, plows and seeds its land. Under demographic pressure, it gets smaller and smaller, less and less fertile. Today, 11,5 million inhabitants are squeezed into a […]

Book Review: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf by Pamela Scully

 In scarcely 100 short pages, this excellent addition to the Ohio Short Histories of Africa series offers a valuable perspective on Liberia’s outgoing President, and Africa’s first elected female Head of State.  With its small size yet wide scope, it sometimes reads less as a biography of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and more as a potted history of the Republic […]

8 events that marked the continent in 2017

As the year comes to an end, Grace Thompson looks at 8 events that marked 2017:

Death of Botswana’s former president

Quett Masire, the second president of Botswana, passed away on June 22. Although not as famous as his predecessor, Seretse Khama, Masire had a decisive impact on the progress and success of Botswana. In his article, “Former Botswana President Quett […]

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    When Success Becomes a Burden: Challenges of Nations Building in Post-Liberation South Sudan

When Success Becomes a Burden: Challenges of Nations Building in Post-Liberation South Sudan

LSE Alumnus Jacob D. Chol explores how the struggle for South Sudanese independence has become a burden to its citizens.

On 9th July 2011, the world celebrated the ushering in of a nascent State, the Republic of South Sudan. Many commentators argued South Sudan was a “destined to fail State”. The liberators, now turned-leaders of this the new Republic, quickly […]

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    Book Review: Ties That Bind: Race and the Politics of Friendship in South Africa edited by Shannon Walsh and Jon Soske

Book Review: Ties That Bind: Race and the Politics of Friendship in South Africa edited by Shannon Walsh and Jon Soske

In Ties That Bind: Race and the Politics of Friendship in South Africa, editors Shannon Walsh and Jon Soske bring together contributors to investigate the intimacies and complicities that friendship can crystallise in the context of the histories of colonialism and apartheid in South Africa. With the volume focusing on the role that friendship can play in both dismantling and constructing difference, this is a […]

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    Book Review: Marriage by Force?: Contestation over Consent and Coercion in Africa by Annie Bunting, Benjamin N. Lawrance, and Richard L. Roberts (eds.)

Book Review: Marriage by Force?: Contestation over Consent and Coercion in Africa by Annie Bunting, Benjamin N. Lawrance, and Richard L. Roberts (eds.)

Rhian Keyse recommends this book as essential reading for scholars and practitioners engaging in work to analyse and intervene in gender-based violence on the African continent and elsewhere.

Forced marriage in sub-Saharan Africa is a source of much international debate, especially with recent legal and policy attention to the role of such practices in conflict situations. Well-reported instances such as […]

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