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  • Mobutu Sese Seko and Richard Nixon in Washington DC in October 1973
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    In the Shadow of the ‘Great Helmsman’: Mobutu Sese Seko’s Life and Legacy in the DR Congo

In the Shadow of the ‘Great Helmsman’: Mobutu Sese Seko’s Life and Legacy in the DR Congo

On the 20th anniversary of Mobutu Sese Seko’s death, Reuben Loffman examines the life and legacy of one of Africa’s most prominent leaders.

Today marks twenty years since the death of Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu Wa Za Banga (the all-powerful warrior who goes from conquest to conquest leaving fire in his wake) who ruled what is now the Democratic […]

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    Is Liberia’s Sirleaf really standing up for women? #LiberiaDecides

Is Liberia’s Sirleaf really standing up for women? #LiberiaDecides

Robtel Neajai Pailey and Korto Reeves Williams say that President Sirleaf’s promise to campaign for women candidates in Liberia’s upcoming elections comes too little, too late.
In a public statement earlier in August 2017, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – Africa’s first woman elected head of state – vowed to campaign actively for female candidates running in presidential and legislative elections in […]

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    The Effects of Laurent Gbagbo’s ICC Detention Reveal the Degree of Personal Politics in Ivory Coast

The Effects of Laurent Gbagbo’s ICC Detention Reveal the Degree of Personal Politics in Ivory Coast

Bianca Moiceanu argues that despite the unlikelihood that former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo will be released from the ICC, the controversy surrounding him fuels a broader conversation on the link between powerful rulers in Africa and violence. It is important to consider human agency and the influence of political personalities alongside structural factors when explaining violence.

 

On 19 July […]

Social media fuels tribal hate after #ElectionsKE

Verah Okeyo discusses how hashtags created as a tool for campaigning on social media became a forum to spread ethnic hatred. This article is part of our African Elections series.

 

Kenya’s internet penetration stands at 88 per cent, arguably the highest in Africa, a technological advantage that has been used in the recent general election to perpetuate tribal hate.

Hashtags that […]

Ghana Must Go: Containing The Mayhem of #Migration

Diana Olaleye tells the story behind the famous ‘Ghana Must Go’ bag.

It is chequered. It is sturdy. It is used worldwide. There is some contention as to whether it can be deemed highly fashionable, but it gains some cool points for being waterproof and available in more than one set of colours. For many, it merely serves the primary function […]

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    Why Local Concerns will Dominate Kenya’s Elections #ElectionsKE 2017

Why Local Concerns will Dominate Kenya’s Elections #ElectionsKE 2017

Mai Hassan and Alex Dyzenhaus explain how devolution of power to Kenya’s 47 counties is transforming the 2017 elections.

This article is part of our African Elections series.

On August 8, Kenyans will go to the polls.  Much attention has focused on the national race between the two main presidential competitors: incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta of the Jubilee Party and Raila Odinga heading […]

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    After his comments about African mothers, are we finally realising that Macron isn’t that liberal after all?

After his comments about African mothers, are we finally realising that Macron isn’t that liberal after all?

‘Seven or eight children per woman,’ were Macron’s exact words, as he rehearsed a canard that is particularly popular among nostalgic colonialists who still speak of the Dark Continent. Nabila Ramdani examines what these comments tell us about the new French leader.

Social media lynchings are as hyperbolic as they sound, but Emmanuel Macron got all the metaphorical violence he deserved […]

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    Contesting ‘Le Glissement’: Analysis of Election Gridlocks and Constitutional Coup in DRC

Contesting ‘Le Glissement’: Analysis of Election Gridlocks and Constitutional Coup in DRC

Buhendwa Mema discusses the continuing political deadlock in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and gives an insight into how President Kabila’s regime has capitalised on a fragmented opposition to prolong its administration.

 

The Democratic Republic of Congo, a country known for its natural resource paradox with untapped raw mineral ores worth $24 trillion and an impoverished population is entering a […]

  • Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo shakes hands with Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga during his inauguration
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    How to stop electoral corruption-What Kenya’s NASA can learn from Ghana’s NPP

How to stop electoral corruption-What Kenya’s NASA can learn from Ghana’s NPP

Ahead of the Kenya’s elections in August 2017, Lolan Sagoe-Moses looks at what the country’s opposition can learn from Ghana’s New Patriotic Party.
Some analysts have recently drawn parallels between Kenya’s upcoming elections and Ghana’s 2016 contest. Both Raila Odinga and Nana Akufo-Addo are scions of political dynasties, veteran civil rights campaigners and — until the latter’s recent election — opposition leaders. Moreover, the […]

  • Permalink Quett Masire, in the middle of this photo, is pictured with fellow leaders of the Front Line States (Tanzania's Julius Nyerere, Mozambique's Samora Moises Machel, Angola's Eduardo Dos Santos and Zambia's Kenneth Kaunda) who spearheaded decolonisation in southern Africa 
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    Former Botswana President Quett Masire deserves to be remembered as one of the greatest post-colonial African leaders

Former Botswana President Quett Masire deserves to be remembered as one of the greatest post-colonial African leaders

LSE’s Elliott Green examines the life and legacy of Botswana’s second President Quett Ketumile Joni Masire.

 

Quett Ketumile Joni Masire, President of Botswana from 1980 to 1998, died late on 22 June 2017 at the age of 91.  Masire is by no means a household name, even among scholars of Africa, yet he deserves to be remembered as one of the […]

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