Ali Bongo seems to have won Gabon's elections. Yet his contested "victory" has radically changed the political field in this soft democracy.
Citizens, community leaders, civil society practitioners – even politicians – have all been reluctant to discuss matters of development and politics.
Neglect of the north costs Kenya a pipeline deal, DR Congo's derelict interior keeps Kabila hanging on, and terror groups flourish in the vast Sahel
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.
There’s a high geographical penalty for internet access in Africa. Being landlocked adds an average $232 to the monthly price of fixed broadband
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
The little signs that Botswana's democracy is under stress as president Khama's autocratic streak grows
There’s a word in Setswana that people are now using to refer to Ian Khama. It’s “mong-wame”, which loosely translates to “my owner”, or “my lord”.
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.
'Alarm' over Zanzibar vote annulment, but election body says will still announce presidential vote winner
In Stone Town the streets appeared to be returning to normal and were quiet Thursday morning, although security forces maintained a heavy presence.
Ahead of Monday release of 2015 report, a brief look at the 9 indexes released so far. There have been bright moments.
What clean, no-nonsense, anti-corruption Buhari could learn from the sneaky, murderous and shadowy Shekau.
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.
Swaziland frees opposition politicians after a year - is authoritarian King Mswati edging to the centre?
Their release from a maximum security prison near the capital comes a week after the same court freed a magazine editor and a human rights lawyer.
Disparities in state spending on basic services in Africa are extremely wide; from $6 per person in Liberia annually to $4,700 in Algeria!
Burundi opposition leader Feruzi murdered, gunmen wore uniforms like Nkurunziza's guards but presidency denies role
The attack came a day after a grenade assault on a busy market killed three people and injured around 40 others.
Pastoralist cultures are hardy and survivalist, the climate can treacherous. The most prudent thing is to identify a good leader and follow them.
COMPLICATED: Africa's young people love their dictators - it's a strange way of searching for something golden
Many young Africans of a certain age are jaded with their “democratic” governments, which seem to be nothing more than a merry-go-round of looters
Benin in Africa’s 2nd election of weekend, could decide president Yayi’s 'plot' to change law and extend rule
The near total focus on the purported third-term plot has pushed major issues to the back-burner.
'I hate being in the middle class, how I wish I was not in the middle class': New research turns accepted thinking on its head.