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Simon Allison

Two surveys, two wildly different predictions for Zambia’s election

But both surveys ultimately suggest that Zambia’s governing party is under considerable pressure

Q&A: What’s driving the protests in Eswatini?

Africa’s last absolute monarchy is experiencing its worst unrest in years

What is the point of the Pan-African Parliament?

After years of searching for some kind of purpose, the beleaguered institution is finally in the spotlight – for all the wrong reasons

The Yoruba trademark scandal… and other examples of cultural appropriation™

This is not the first time nor last time that intellectual property laws have allowed western individuals or companies to lay claim to Africa’s cultural, linguistic and even culinary heritage

Unfit for office: The perils of reporting on the president’s health

Tanzanian president John Magufuli’s death came after weeks of denial, but reporting on the fitness of African leaders can be perilous for journalists

‘We can’t afford to become the Covid continent’

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention only launched in 2017, but between Ebola, measles and the Covid-19 pandemic, it has had its work cut out for it. The agency’s director Dr John Nkengasong speaks to The Continent about the vaccine rollout and the turn of the tide in Tanzania

Exposing a Congolese bank’s dirty secrets

Meet Gardi Koko and Navy Malela, the two whistleblowers who risked everything to raise the alarm

Bill Gates, Big Pharma and entrenching the vaccine apartheid

Waiving intellectual property restrictions on Covid-19 vaccines could help the developing world. But India and South Africa’s pleas are falling on deaf ears

Africa’s make-or-break moment

The African Continental Free Trade Area could transform Africa’s economic prospects and end its dependence on commodity exports

US democracy is stronger than it looks

We learnt this week that an American president, no matter how rogue, cannot keep himself in power against the will of the people

‘Don’t vote, overthrow the dictators’

Tanzania’s opposition leader, who is again in exile, says ‘instead of telling people to vote, we should be telling them to prepare for popular revolt

Blackout makes it hard to report on Ethiopia’s civil war

Between a communications shutdown and tight restrictions on movement, reporters — and the world — knows little about what is going on in Tigray. But the little that is emerging is terrible

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