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In Softie, politics takes a personal toll on Boniface Mwangi – and his family

Softie is an intimate portrait of how political activism complicates family life

Good news: Africa is declared free of wild polio

The global polio eradication initiative, involving governments, the World Health Organisation and other institutions, was launched in 1988. It took three decades of immunising children to eradicate the poliovirus on the continent

Why do presidents cling to power?

Four former heads of state speak about what being president is actually like

10 rules for aspiring politicians, according to Namibia’s First Lady

Pick your battles. Be careful who you sleep with. And learn to accept defeat

Saving southern Africa’s oldest languages

The decline of N|uu dates all the way back to 1652, when the first Europeans arrived by ship at the Cape of Good Hope.

Bobi Wine presents his presidential credentials

The Ugandan opposition leader believes he is best-placed to lead an opposition coalition

AU rights leader warns of human rights disaster

The African Union’s human rights boss has expressed grave concerns about the erosion of human rights during and after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Audacious Zambian protesters outsmart the police

Tired of being arrested and beaten up at protests, young activists tried something different and it worked

Damming the Nile

In a few weeks, when the rainy season arrives, water will finally begin to flow into the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Expect regional tensions to rise along with the water level

Burundi’s president put politics before the pandemic. Now he’s dead

We don’t know if the coronavirus killed Pierre Nkurunziza. We do know that, in his absence, Burundi has a chance to take the pandemic seriously

“I was just running along with police as they dragged her”

Sumy Sadurni describes the photo she captured of Stella Nyanzi being arrested by police in Kampala

How Mauritius beat the pandemic

Despite containing Covid-19, it will be some time before normal life resumes — and some measures will be written into the law

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