African Arguments Online
With party agents openly offering people cash for votes, many fear that money could be the determining factor in Nigeria’s upcoming elections.
Elections in Nigeria in 2015. Credit: US Embassy / Idika Onyukwu.
Last week, a civil society group took Nigeria’s electoral commission to court for its alleged failure to address vote-buying in July’s Ekiti governorship election. The case, brought by... more
Under the current rules (changed months before the last elections in 2011), the DRC’s next president could come to power with just 5.3% of the vote.
After a two-year delay, the DRC votes in elections on 23 December. Credit: USAID/A. Luyoyo.
When voters in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) finally go to the polls on 23 December, it looks like they will be faced with a choice of at least... more
Theresa May is the latest UK leader to visit “Africa” for their own political purposes, with aid now being linked to post-Brexit trade deals.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May dances in South Africa.
In 1948, British ministers discussed the development needs of African colonial territories. But the focus was not on the needs of those countries, but on how colonial development might best... more
If it weren’t for China, Africa’s largest trading partner would be India. But how different is its mode of engagement?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India on a visit to South Africa in 2016.
With China’s top-level Africa forum set to begin in Beijing on 3-4 September, many outsiders not invited to the party will be watching closely. Among them will be China’s populous neighbour, and... more
China and Mauritius will reassert their friendship again at FOCAC, but is it just a matter of time before Beijing outgrows its tiny partner?
Mauritius has had a close relationship with China since independence, in part due to its diaspora links. Credit: Lukas Litz Obb.
When the Mauritian and Chinese leaders meet at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) on 3-4 September, it will be for the... more