And it's not all about the money.
S. Sudan joins the EAC, despite mass atrocities: Why this is part of a 'War of Definitions'—and about big money
Words are important. The risk of slipping into an Orwellian smudging of definitions –such as War is Peace – is real and shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Even Museveni critics offer grudging admiration. "He's not smart, he's extremely smart." Doing others' dirty work abroad has won him a free pass.
Burkina Faso held its first truly democratic vote, and Tanzania had its most competitive elections since its transition to multiparty rule
Power, domestic violence and term limits in Africa; and when planting a tree becomes an act of revolution
It's the way power works – you can’t compartmentalise it, it seeps through all the cages that you may create, your whole society takes on that tone
Boni Yayi's decision sets him apart from African leaders, such as Congo's Sassou Nguesso, Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe and Uganda's Yoweri Museveni.
The Museveni contradiction; rebel, revolutionary, radical reformer...and president for life (PHOTOS)
In many ways Museveni's story is exceptional among his peers, but he has become a prisoner of the past and hurtling toward an uncertain end.
Another African paradox: Your oil is safer with a Big Man than a democrat -surprising lessons from Ghana and Uganda
Study suggests 'semi-authoritarian’ Uganda seems to be governing oil somewhat more in line with national interest as compared to ‘democratic’ Ghana.
What do Burundi, Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Algeria, Tunisia, Cameroon, Uganda, Chad, Congo, Rwanda, have in common?
Over the last 15 years, from all corners of Africa, the term limit has been attacked. Critics say it's "foreign". Supporters say it brings stability.
Since the return to multiparty politics in Africa, you might expect deepening democratic consolidation as the years go by. That hasn't been the case.
DEVELOPING STORY: Magufuli grabs early lead in Tanzania election, and ruling party claims 67% of parliament seats counted
In the result of another Sunday vote, in Congo strongman Sassou Nguesso looks set to win a referendum vote to extend his 30 years in power.
The Cold War end, 1970s global meltdown, all shook up Africa. What will give in 2015 with China's slowdown?
8 scenarios on how the current economic turmoil can make way for political and social change in Africa
West Africa is a champion: Between 1960 and 2010, the region experienced 106 failed and successful military take overs.
How a really bizarre president from the Comoros gives me hope that Africa will survive everything thrown at it
It's easy for the sense of trepidation to give way to doom and despair. But just step back a little and you'll realise there is much to celebrate.
What's democracy? In new study, unexpected answers from Nigeria, Burundi, Tanzania — things are not always what they seem
In a new study, on average, just over half polled in 28 African countries consider their country a “full democracy” or one with “minor problems”.
An African paradox: voters can't tell difference between ruling and opposition parties - why that's a good thing
The opposition wins and disappointingly behaves just like the ruling party they were fighting against. There's a silver lining, believe it or not.
“We see another five years with him at the helm as a positive thing” - Jacques Nel, economist, NKC Independent Economists, South Africa.
Whither Zimbabwe after Mugabe? A mother of all battle unfolds, and Africa should pay attention (Part 1)
South Africa is in the drains. Angola is battered by the drop in oil prices. The region needs someone to step up – Zimbabwe is the best candidate.
Except Eritrea, all of Africa now holds elections. However, most go for the form and ritual. Truly free elections are still few and far in between.