Africa This Month: Democracy Deepens Amidst Economic Woes

August 31, 2016

Elections, free, fair and not-so-fair, at a time of economic crisis mark a deepening of democracy in a continent where Big Men once ruled with impunity. Power abhors a vacuum. In many parts of Africa, independence from European imperial powers was just a ceremonial transfer of power to local...

Africa This Month: Dreams of Unity in Uncertain Times

June 30, 2016

The free movement of people is about to begin in Africa even as Brexit buffets African economies, Nigeria falters and South Sudan faces disaster. In many parts of the world and Africa, church bells toll the knell of the passing of the first half of the year. This month has been eventful....

Africa This Month: Global Economic Slowdown Afflicts Africa

January 31, 2016

The IMF predicts lower growth rates for Africa because of lower commodity prices and higher borrowing costs. Africa is the birthplace of humanity and the continent with the oldest history. Yet it is the youngest continent still seeking its tryst with destiny. Africa’s storied narrative is as...

The World This Week: Romeo Kisses Juliet

April 03, 2015

The multilateral deal the world’s great powers have cut with Iran is wise, courageous and the right thing to do. In a week blighted by tragedy and violence, there were two remarkably positive developments. First, the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany concluded a...

New Nigerian President Faces An Enormous Challenge

April 01, 2015

President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has his work cut out for him in Nigeria. Nigerians have chosen Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler, to be their new president. Following an election that saw 41 people killed in northern Nigeria, incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat...

The World This Week: Yes, It’s Complicated

March 27, 2015

Conflict in Yemen complicates negotiations between the US and Iran. The conflict in Yemen escalated this week. Shiite Houthi rebels seized Aden airport and tightened their grip on the southern port town. They already control Sana’a, the capital city, and large parts of the country. President...

Nigerian Elections Set the Stage for Jonathan vs Buhari

March 23, 2015

Nigeria faces an uphill battle as it wades through challenges that could derail its presidential elections. Seen as a fast growing economy and a strong democratic force in the region, Nigeria is at a crossroads in its journey as a rising African power. Marred by the emergence of Boko Haram, the...

Delayed Election Puts Safety of Nigerian Women in the Spotlight

March 16, 2015

Amid a delayed election and a Boko Haram insurgency, Nigerian women and girls are increasingly becoming targets of violence. Nigerian authorities recently postponed elections that had been scheduled for February, ostensibly to give them more time to fight Boko Haram, the militant Islamist...

Your Guide to Africa’s Elections

February 18, 2015

The world will be watching Africa as countries around the continent head to the ballot box throughout 2015. The number of electoral democracies mushroomed in Africa over the past two decades — a far cry from the days when incumbents would postpone elections for as long as it pleased them. But...

Media Coverage of Charlie Hebdo and the Baga Massacre: A Study in Contrasts

January 14, 2015

While 17 people died over three days of terror in France, 2,000 were killed at the hands of Boko Haram in Nigeria. Consider two tragic events that took place last week. A small cell of Islamist terrorists attacked cartoonists at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and shoppers in a Paris...

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