On Democratic Despond

As inequality in Nigeria widens, Ebenezer Obadare explores the growing disenchantment with democracy in the most populous African nation.


Final Destinations

A few years ago, I noticed that an unusually high number of well-placed Nigerians were being reported in the media as having passed on in different hospitals and clinics outside the country. Once I started keeping tabs, two patterns clearly […]

Reading List: Most Popular @AfricaAtLSE Book Reviews 2017

Here at the Africa at LSE blog, we love bringing to the attention of the public books about Africa. As the year draws to an end, here are our most popular book reviews of 2017. Some great reviews and books haven’t made this list, do visit the book reviews section of our blog to discover more.

The Root Causes […]

Reading List: Most popular @AfricaAtLSE blog posts of 2017

It is that time of the year when we stop to take stock of the last 12 months and we are happy to present the best-read @AfricaAtLSE blog posts of 2016, as voted by you with your clicks. If you missed any of these, here is your opportunity to catch up!

Film Review: NGO – Nothing Going On -LSE […]

DR Congo: The case for taking the administration seriously

Stylianos Moshonas, Tom De Herdt and Kristof Titeca explore the challenges facing the DR Congo civil service.


The Congolese administration in its current state has long been pointed to as a major impediment to Congo’s ambition to achieve developmental outcomes: threadbare on the service delivery front, inefficient, excessive in urban settings, and corrupt – indeed indicative of the state’s predatory […]

  • Permalink Emmerson Mnangagwa, now President of Zimbabwe speaking at the Human Rights Council in 2014 Image Credit: UN Geneva 

    Zimbabwe and Zanu-PF’S continuing hegemony: meet the new boss, same as the old boss?

Zimbabwe and Zanu-PF’S continuing hegemony: meet the new boss, same as the old boss?

Mcdonald Lewanika analyses what the Zimbabwean people can expect from Emmerson Mnangagwa’s presidency.

“There’s nothing in the streets
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, by the bye
And a parting on the left
Is now a parting on the right,
And the beards have all grown longer overnight

………. Meet the new boss, same as the old […]

Liberia needs the rule of law, not political expediency

Robtel Neajai Pailey & Edward Emmett Dillon examine the US government’s  uncanny ability to promote democracy while simultaneously undermining it.

In strongly worded statements this month that bordered on hyperbole, current and past representatives of the US government urged Liberia to speed up electoral litigation proceedings for a peaceful transition of presidential power.

In response to the Liberian Supreme Court’s suspension of a runoff election that should […]

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    During Mugabe’s 37 years rule, here are 10 things that happened

During Mugabe’s 37 years rule, here are 10 things that happened

Yovanka Paquete Perdigao goes down memory lane, to remind us how long 37 years can be.

1.The Simpsons were created

Homer, Bart, Marge, Lisa, and Maggie from the Simpsons TV show first appeared on our screens in 1987, the same year Robert Mugabe became president. Created by Matt Growning, the Simpsons debuted as shorts on the Tracey Ullman Show on 19 April 1987. […]

#Zimbabwe after #Mugabe: three reasons for hope

Fortunate Machingura looks at key issues that need to be tackled if Zimbabwe is to be hopeful again.


Robert Mugabe’s resignation, after what looks a lot like a military coup has ended the rule of one of the world’s most fearsome, fierce and long-serving leaders. What hope has this brought to the ordinary men and women of Zimbabwe?

I was born-free, well after Zimbabwe’s […]

Best of the Blogosphere: Mugabe’s Long Goodbye #Zimbabwe

As Robert Mugabe resigns after 37 years in power, LSE’s Grace Thompson has trawled the web to find the best articles analysing events in seven preceding days when the army led the Commander of Zimbabwe’s Defense Forces General Constantine Chiwenga seized control of the country.


 Understanding the Military Takeover – The army denied carrying out a coup on Tuesday 14 […]

Understanding the military takeover in #Zimbabwe

LSE researcher McDonald Lewanika analyses the evolving situation in Zimbabwe.

It is almost certain that a coup d’état has been staged in Zimbabwe, although the army denies it. However, we should be debating what type of coup d’état this is.

While this military takeover has the hallmarks of a ‘guardian coup’¹ – the military announcement about dealing with corrupt elements around […]

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