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Drama in Dapchi: Another Nigerian Abduction Story

Drama in Dapchi: Another Nigerian Abduction Story

The continued abduction of schoolgirls by Boko Haram across Nigeria raises questions about both the government's competence and its willingness to deal with the rebel group.  On February 19, nearly four years after the abduction of schoolgirls by Boko Haram in Chibok, Borno State, which sparked...

Will Jacob Zuma Drag the ANC Down With Him?

Will Jacob Zuma Drag the ANC Down With Him?

As the ANC’s conference approaches, many within the governing party are beginning to count the cost of a leader who lacks the public's trust. In December 2007, delegates at the National Elective Conference of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) took an ill-fated gamble on...

Why Is the US Fighting in Niger?

Why Is the US Fighting in Niger?

Across Africa, the US military operates in the shadows.   In October, four American soldiers were killed by Islamist fighters in an ambush near the Niger-Mali border. The incident soon brought media attention to the troops stationed there, yet most of this was focused on Donald Trump’s...

Robert Mugabe’s Long Goodbye

Robert Mugabe’s Long Goodbye

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe steps down after 37 years in power as the world's oldest leader. There is jubilation on the streets of Zimbabwe that the country has not seen since its 1979 victory in the War of Liberation. People are celebrating a different kind of deliverance, that from 37...

Horn of Africa Feels Geopolitical Impact of Qatar Crisis

Horn of Africa Feels Geopolitical Impact of Qatar Crisis

Extensive web of alignments and divisions across the Horn of Africa puts pressure on countries to declare solidarity with either side of the Qatar crisis. The oil-rich Arabian Peninsula states have long represented a beacon of stability in the tumultuous Middle East. Yet the five-month-old Qatar...

The Way Forward for US Engagement with Rwanda

The Way Forward for US Engagement with Rwanda

The donor community needs to throw its weight behind supporting political reform and utilize its leverage to put pressure on Rwanda to protect citizens’ rights. The controversial reelection of Rwanda's President Paul Kagame on August 4 that secured him a third term in power has reignited...

In Africa, the Digital Chasm Still Looms

In Africa, the Digital Chasm Still Looms

Internet access has long been recognized as essential to breaking down the digital divide that separates the global haves and have-nots. According to some, the promise of the so-called fourth industrial revolution in Africa is nearly boundless. With smartphone usage and internet access on the...

Chad Is Caught in the Crosshairs of Western Politics

Chad Is Caught in the Crosshairs of Western Politics

There seems to be no good reason to justify Chad's inclusion in the Trump administration's new travel ban. Chad is the latest victim of Western politics that threatens to weaken the already vulnerable African state at the expense of its people. Both the United States and the European Union are...

There’s No Such Thing as Road Safety in Nigeria

There’s No Such Thing as Road Safety in Nigeria

Nigeria's bad roads are responsible for a disproportionate amount of deaths across Africa.  In Lagos, the potholes I encounter every day are scary. Far too scary for anyone to ignore, and yet the government turns a blind eye to a problem that, according to official statistics, kills on average...

What’s Holding Kenya Back?

What’s Holding Kenya Back?

Kenya needs stronger legal and informal frameworks to enable the proper functioning of its institutions.  In their book, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty, Daron Acemoglu and David Robinson infer a fundamental minimum for a properly functioning nation — the...

The Nigerian Health Sector: A Cat with Nine Lives

The Nigerian Health Sector: A Cat with Nine Lives

Nigeria's health industry struggles on despite the odds.  In order to understand the full extent of Nigeria’s health crisis, all you need to do is walk into any hospital in the heart of Lagos or any city across the country. What you will see is the real-life meaning of a cat having nine...

Africa This Month: A Tale of Two Harvests

Africa This Month: A Tale of Two Harvests

Eastern African famine is cause for concern as southern Africa’s bountiful harvests offer hope — as does the containing of an Ebola outbreak in a remote part of the continent. Much of Africa’s modern story has been told through the lens of fragility, famine and conflict. These three...

Unarmed Women Fight Poachers in Africa

Unarmed Women Fight Poachers in Africa

In one of Africa’s largest reserves, an all-women group protects wildlife without using any weapons or violence. Since being founded in 2013, the Black Mambas have prevented poachers from the Olifants West Region of Balule Nature Reserve in South Africa and expanded to cover the entire Balule...

Africa This Month: ICC Gets New Lease of Life

Africa This Month: ICC Gets New Lease of Life

In the face of neglected crises, the ICC’s resurgence is a welcome boost to the fight against impunity. Not unlike any other part of the world, Africa has not always had positive experiences with outsiders. The slave trade and colonization left an indelible scar. The ghost of King Leopold II...

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