Author Archives: Nic Cheeseman

Odinga withdraws from Kenyan election

Raila Odinga has withdrawn from the Kenyan election on October 26th, arguing that it is not possible to hold a free and fair contest under current conditions. Click through for the official statement.

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Professor Nic Cheeseman joins OXFAM!

DiA’s founder and editor, Nic Cheeseman, was appointed to the board of Oxfam as a trustee on 6 October.

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Can President Zuma survive in South Africa?

Low on allies but not out of ideas, what next for President Zuma? Nicole Beardsworth analyses what the future has in story for the beleaguered leader, and issues an important reminder not to underestimate his staying power.

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Politics and satire in Africa: Lessons from Kenya

There are still tickets left to see DiA’s Nic Cheeseman in conversation with the legendary political satirist Gado about African politics, satire and Kenyan elections in London on Tuesday 10 October.

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Kenyan election: Only compromise between parties can guarantee poll

Fresh analysis from Nic Cheeseman of the upcoming presidential election in Kenya, scheduled for 26 October. Can a credible poll be organized in time, and if so what needs to happen to make that possible?

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Launching the Midlands African Studies Hub (MASH)

A new research network is being set up in the Midlands region of the UK to promote the study of Africa and enable researchers to share ideas and information. Click through for more details.

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Uganda – Tension rising over push to scrap presidential age limits

Will President Museveni’s determination to remain in power indefinitely destabilise the ruling party? Or will it be business as usual? Michaela Collord investigates.

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Kenyan Supreme Court full judgement and opinions now in – read them here!

The full judgement of the Kenyan Supreme Court, including its explanation for the decision to declare the 8 August election null and void is now in, having been announced on 19 September. DiA brings you the full text, as well as the text of the dissenting opinions.

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Is Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf really standing up for women?

Robtel Neajai Pailey and Korto Reeves Williams re-evaluate the nobel prize winner and ask whether having women in power in Africa actually makes a difference when it comes to gender issues.

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On International Day of Democracy

“We have much to celebrate on International Day of Democracy – but we also have much to be concerned about” says Professor Nic Cheeseman. Click through for his video message and his full article on the state of African demrocacy today.

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