MAIL & GUARDIAN: Africa

It’s time to start taking West Africa’s legislative contests more seriously

Observers should watch the parliamentary race more closely, as it provides a more nuanced indication of how voters evaluate their government

‘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

Living with Long Covid in Lagos

Most people recover from Covid‑19 quickly, but Long Haulers in Nigeria are turning to one another for support

The many faces of Idi Amin

Was he a joke, an oaf, a hero, or the evil dictator the West loved to hate? Decades after his death, his legacy is still a puzzle.

Exposing a Congolese bank’s dirty secrets

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

Why a trickle-down approach to vaccine access is not a viable strategy

The world cannot afford ‘safe havens’ in which the virus can thrive and evolve and threaten us all

The South African connection: How mercenaries aided Trump ally in Libyan op

The UN found that Trump ally Erik Prince violated the Libyan arms embargo. Here are the South Africans the report says helped him to do so

Seif Sharif Hamad: Historic leader, peace builder and unifier

Zanzibar’s first vice-president in its government of national unity died of Covid-19 last week.

Congo-Brazzaville’s repressive government buys secret weapons haul from Azerbaijan

For several years, the Republic of the Congo has been quietly buying an arsenal from Azerbaijan, with the latest cache arriving before next month’s election

Review: ‘Legacy+’ turns Afrobeat full circle

Following in Fela’s footsteps, Femi and Made Kuti continue the family legacy with their new album

The futility of elections: Re-thinking democracy in East Africa

Elections do not guarantee greater freedom or democratic governance and have contributed to instability and economic setbacks

Sierra Leone: Drugs + HIV or Aids + Covid = deadly mix

People living with HIV in Sierra Leone who use drugs are facing grim challenges during the pandemic

In conversation with Kizito Mihigo, the gospel singer who died in a Rwandan jail

‘The only thing they want is for us to sing the praises of President Kagame,’ said Kizito Mihigo, in one of the last interviews before his death.

Why the US’s counterterrorism strategy in the Sahel keeps failing

In exclusive interviews, former officials explain what has gone wrong and why the United States keeps making the same mistakes

TikTok hits the sweetest spots

But some countries – such as Egypt – have cracked down on the social media app, which grew apace with the pandemic

The dichotomy of Dominic Ongwen

The brutality meted out to the infamous Ugandan warlord was almost as horrifying as that delivered by him

When going home is a risky gamble

Opposition leaders find it hard to fight dictators from abroad, but may place their families in danger when returning home

Malawi citizens buy urgently needed, basic Covid medical equipment

Poet and writer Stanley Onjezani Kenani sets up initiative to raise funds to buy oxygen cylinders and pressure regulators after friend dies at country’s biggest hospital

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