Author Archives: SJ Cooper-Knock

Wole Soyinka for Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford

Democracy in Africa is joining the campaign to elect Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka as Professor of Poetry. As the first African elected to this post, Soyinka’s appointment would be an immense historical milestone for the University of Oxford. As an inspirational writer and speaker, his tenure would be privilege for us all. Anyone who has been a student at Oxford […]

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President Museveni of Uganda moves to quell ruling party dissent 

Nic Cheeseman

Our Co-editor Nic Cheeseman explores Museveni’s attempts to secure the future of the NRM by bringing ousted Amama Mbabazi back into the fold. This blog was initially posted on the Presidential Power blog. 

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Rafael Marques free

We are delighted to share the news that all charges against Rafael Marques were dropped yesterday, and he has now been released. Rafael – a journalist and a former student at the University of Oxford – was facing ten years in jail, and fines amounting to $1.2m in defamation. The charges emerged in response to his […]

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Urgent: Support Rafael Marques


Rafael Marques, a graduate of the MSc in African Studies at Oxford, is being tried in Angola for his writing and reporting.  A brief history can be found in the article below.  He is back in court today, Thursday 21st May.   His case has attracted international attention and has been taken up by Amnesty International […]

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Riots in the streets of Bujumbura: Burundi’s democracy at crossroads


JB Falisse gives us the latest on the riots in Bujumbura and explores what they might mean for Burundi’s political future. Jean-Benoît is a PhD candidate in International Development  at the University of Oxford.

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Securitisation on parade: Ruto and the response to Garissa


Our Co-editor SJ Cooper-Knock explores Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto’s speech in Nyeri on Saturday, and asks what the country could and should do in the aftermath of the tragedy in Garissa. With updates added on 14 April as events evolved.

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Buhari and beyond: The answers we have and the questions that remain

Nigeria in Numbers

Co-Editor SJ Cooper-Knock explores Buhari’s victory and the questions that remain, as the nation goes to the polls once more for the Governorship and House Assembly.

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#Rhodesmustfall: institutional racism in South Africa and beyond

Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock

Our Co-editor, Sarah Jane Cooper-Knock, explores the recent protests around institutional racism at the University of Cape Town and Rhodes University in South Africa. She also asks what questions these protests raise for universities beyond South Africa.

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Global Tax Justice Event in Edinburgh: Tuesday 17th Feb

Tax Justice Poster

Tomorrow, one of our regular contributors – Alex Cobham – will be speaking at the University of Edinburgh on the need for Global Tax Justice. The event is free and open to the public. You can find Alex at Appleton Tower room 2:14 from 5pm. 

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African Studies Scholarships at the University of Oxford


The African Studies Centre at the University of Oxford have recently released details of their scholarships for 2014-2015. Take a look below.

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