Abiodun Owolegbon-Raji

Abiodun Owolegbon-Raji is a writer and blogger on political and economic affairs with a background in political science. He is a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

African Leaders and Repression Seem Inseparable

Oct 31, 2018

Barring a few exceptions, the African continent is littered with despots whose insatiable thirst for power knows no decency or respect for human rights. Ugandans and indeed the international community watch on as nearly two months of tension-stoked drama gets a brief interlude with the adjournment of the treason case...

Acknowledging African Activism’s Complicated Realities

May 25, 2018

As with many other aspects of political and economic life on the continent, there is a complexity to African civil society and grassroots activism that escapes the international eye. Nigerian civil society groups are watching warily as long-running protests in neighboring Niger build in intensity, with some calling on Nigeria’s...

Did Djibouti Just Jeopardize Investment for All of Africa?

Mar 29, 2018

After the seizure of a port facility by the Djibouti government, questions arise about the safety of investing in Africa.  Following a legally dubious seizure of the Doraleh Container Terminal and the abrupt termination of DP World’s contract by the Djibouti authorities at the end of February, the company’s chairman,...

Africa’s Deepening Battle with Big Tobacco

Mar 14, 2018

Facing dwindling fortunes in Europe and America due to strong regulations, the tobacco industry has made Africa the new front line in its pursuit of profits. Health officials and experts from across the planet descended on Cape Town, South Africa, on March 7 for the World Conference on Tobacco or...

Cambodia Crackdown Casts a Shadow on ASEAN

Jan 19, 2018

What Cambodia’s political crackdown means for ASEAN’s human right credentials. In what has become a conventional trait among ruling parties in nascent democracies, the Cambodian government dissolved the country’s main opposition party on November 16, 2017, for “plotting a coup.” This was the nadir of a systematically coordinated state-sponsored crackdown on the...

Nigeria’s Refugees Face Epidemic of Rape and Abuse

Jan 08, 2018

Across Africa, armies and police forces regularly prey on civilians, with women and children enduring the worst abuse. In December 2017, The New York Times exposed its readers to a horrific reality Nigerians have known about for years: the plight of female refugees and survivors from northeastern Nigeria who endure...