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Simon Allison
AKA, Burna Boy and the African unity concert that wasn’t
AKA, Burna Boy and the African unity concert that wasn’t
‘The green passport. Official travel document of Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa. Entitles the holder to extra scrutiny and...
Huawei's pitch to African mayors: ‘Our cameras will make you safe’
Huawei's pitch to African mayors: ‘Our cameras will make you safe’
Sean Liu begins his pitch with a feel-good story. After he graduated from university in 2003, his first job was in the southern Chinese city of...
Maimane’s next move: starting the ‘Uber’ of politics
Maimane’s next move: starting the ‘Uber’ of politics
Former Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane has said he will return to politics, although there are few concrete details about what exactly...
The trouble with indiscriminate tree-planting in Africa
The trouble with indiscriminate tree-planting in Africa
On July 25 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed picked up a spade and started to dig a hole. When he was finished, he gently lowered...
Russia in Africa: Soft power comes with hard edges
Russia in Africa: Soft power comes with hard edges
‘Do you believe in coincidences?”
Tanzania’s mining dispute ends – but at what cost?
Tanzania’s mining dispute ends – but at what cost?
In the first half of 2017, just as his post-election glow was beginning to fade, Tanzanian President John Magufuli declared war on foreign mining...
Refugees in Greece face rising hostility
Refugees in Greece face rising hostility
Karim* stands outside what used to be his front door. Now it is bricked up and someone has drawn a menacing black padlock, taller than a man, on...
An arms dealer’s guide to philanthropy
An arms dealer’s guide to philanthropy
Ivor Ichikowitz is the founder and executive chairman of the Paramount Group, the largest private arms manufacturer in Africa. It makes armoured...
Abiy Ahmed is a worthy Nobel Peace Prize winner
Abiy Ahmed is a worthy Nobel Peace Prize winner
The most extraordinary moment of Abiy Ahmed’s tenure as prime minister of Ethiopia,...
After 45 years, Africa has a new tallest building
After 45 years, Africa has a new tallest building
At first, Bart Dorrestein did not intend to build the tallest building in Africa. Initial plans for the Leonardo, in Johannesburg’s upmarket...
Mozambique braces for high stakes poll
Mozambique braces for high stakes poll
It seems the most dangerous political activity in Africa is attending the Mozambican president’s campaign rallies.
Beyond betrayal: Is redemption possible for a journalist who faked cancer?
Beyond betrayal: Is redemption possible for a journalist who faked cancer?
A young reporter lied about having cancer but has been able to continue practicing journalism. How does the process of rehabilitation work...