However, it would be false to attribute political violence in this region solely to groups embracing jihad.
He showed a quick authoritarian streak; one of his first actions was to sack the chiefs of the state-owned radio and television services.
Nine of the world’s 15 fastest-growing economies are in Africa and most investors remain positive about the continent’s prospects.
The island has had 20 coups or attempted coups in the four decades since independence in 1975.
Some African countries are constantly under the threat of imminent implosion, say the official rankings. Yet they keep going. We find out why