This follows the ‘jailbreak’ of dictator Moussa Dadis Camara who said he was ‘kidnapped’
Far too many African assets are still under the control of Western powers
At the core of the Sahel coups is the removal of governments and leaders either historically not in support of the US/France or moving away from external domination
Mansa Musa ruled Mali when it was the world’s gold hub, travelled and invested in religion and education, but remains a mystery
Many among the deposed African heads of state held major positions in the AU at the peak of their atrocities back home
Mali’s junta now finds itself ostracised by its regional peers – and at the centre of a dangerous new geopolitical game.
Conflict hotspots, most in the Sahel region, will continue to dominate the news this year, while a number of countries will hold key elections.
The highlights of 2021 in Africa
Why are coups happening more frequently? The most significant trend is the deepening democratic deficit across many African countries, and a corresponding decline in effective enforcement of democratic norms
Alpha Condé is not the first president to have his humiliation captured on camera.
Military juntas seldom protect human rights, but they justify their coups for this reason
What happened on the continent this past week
Research by Afrobarometer has found that almost three in 10 respondents (28%) said they had paid a bribe in the past year
What’s been happening on the continent this week?
Governments’ interruption of social media is censorship is a way to control the flow of information online and amounts to censorship
Guinea is fighting the virus with a vaccine used in the DRC, while their neighbours Sierra Leone and Liberia increase border surveillance
Militias have increased in numbers and strength, and now outnumber state security forces by four to one
Just as a “nobody” can spew falsehoods and propaganda on social media, so too can a political leader — only with more dire consequences.
The country needs to protect its democracy given that ashift to authoritarian rule is evident on the continent
A respected and robust United States — with all of our flaws, mistakes and missteps — can be good for the defence of democracy, not least in Africa
October is election month as three presidents seek another term in office. For two, it will be their third
We need the eyes and ears of the international community to be alert to assaults on democracy as we run up to the election on 18 October
Citizens have for a year protested against the president seeking a third term in office despite a two-term limit. Many have been killed — and 90 more people died in this week’s crackdown
Research on 3 916 ministers in 23 African countries shows that cabinets are representative and that leaders select members to reduce internal threats from challengers
Guinea’s response to the coronavirus has exacerbated the country’s existing fault lines
Now is the time to rewrite a collective script of Africa’s development agenda and the well being of its people
When Ebola first hit Lagos, Dr Ameyo Adadevoh knew something was seriously wrong, so she did something about it
Both authoritarian and democratic governments are responding to the coronavirus crisis by instituting frightening new powers
While Sierra Leone was grappling with Ebola, there was a spike in deaths from another disease – malaria. We need to make sure this does not happen again
Rights group criticised the ruling, saying “no one should be detained for having organised or called for a peaceful demonstration”.
The self-governing territory’s president received a head of state’s welcome in Guinea, much to Somalia’s fury
Teaching staff and aid workers fear that children who walk around freely in the village pose a risk far worse than they would pose in a classroom