As a new elite liberators often mimicked the lifestyles of those they replaced. Since the French Revolution, new regimes have often resembled old ones
The road to hell is paved with good intentions: how a project to help delivered bitter results in Sierra Leone
They made the point that their primary responsibility was not to the communities, but to their funders: the international development banks
"If you want something from me by looking down on me, you can be sure 100% you won't get it" - Rwandan president.
UK Labour Party shocked with election of total outsider Corbyn; lessons there for Africa’s opposition leaders
Being an opposition leader in Africa often means beatings, prison, or even death are real possibilities every day.
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.
Tanzania has held regular elections since 1964, with CCM dominating governance of the nation.
Killing of Lesotho ex-army chief, arrests deepen instability as MPs and lawyers stage boycott over security
A military court document lists the names of 45 soldiers detained on suspicion of planning a mutiny.
Uganda leader is one of longest-serving African rulers after Equatorial Guinea's Nguema, Angola’s dos Santos, Zimbabwe’s Mugabe and Cameroon’s Biya.
The iconic Thomas Sankara died in 1987, and his widow was given a certificate that indicated he died of natural causes.
Ugly truth: Nigeria's Jonathan can afford to ignore Boko Haram - it's smart cynical election politics
When a country is the land size of Nigeria with nearly 180 million, it can afford some pain that smaller nations like Rwanda and Liberia cannot.