African Arguments Online
President Magufuli has clamped down hard on various freedoms. But as his popularity plummets and defiance grows, something may have to give.
Tanzania’s President Magufuli has been criticised for authoritarianism and repression. Credit: imke.sta.
From the moment the relatively unknown Minister of Works John Pombe Magufuli became Tanzania’s president in 2015, he has stamped his mark on the... more
Corruption in Nigeria is complicated, far-reaching, and multi-faceted. A new taxonomy can help us make sense of it.
A dance performance in Nigeria. Credit: S Martin.
Corruption in Nigeria runs the gamut from the jaw-dropping, to the creative, to the mundane. It encompasses the oil minister who diverted billions of petrodollars in just a few years. It includes the local official who claimed a... more
Ethiopia’s so far managed to stay neutral and balance its relationships with opposing Gulf partners. But it’s engaged in an unpredictable game.
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed meets with Ethiopia’s PM Abiy Ahmed in Addis Ababa in June. Credit: Mohamed Al Hammadi/Crown Prince Court – Abu Dhabi
This is the fourth part of The Thin Red Line, an African... more
The former warlord is no perfect candidate. But if the opposition unite, they could finally remove the Kabila government in December elections.
Jean-Pierre Bemba on his return to the Democratic Republic of Congo after ten years. Credit: jpbemba2018.
Sharing much with the eponymous river that snakes through our vast country, Congolese politics eschews straight lines, settling instead upon frequent... more
A mural of former President Laurent Gbagbo in Cote d’Ivoire. Credit: Clara Sanchiz
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