Author Archives: SJ Cooper-Knock

Exclusive: Transcript of Head to Head with Odinga

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Democracy in Africa’s very own Nic Cheeseman was part of the panel that interviewed the former Kenyan Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, for Al Jazeera’s flagship political discussion programme, ‘Head to Head’, at the Oxford Union on 15 April 2016.  Mr Odinga, currently the country’s most high profile opposition leader, was Prime Minister under the power sharing […]

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#GambiaRising: Big protests rock the small nation

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Our co-editor, SJ Cooper-Knock, takes a look at the protests erupting in the Gambia over the past few weeks. Could this be the beginning of the end for President Yahya Jammeh?

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Noor Nieftagodien on #FeesMustFall

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Prof Noor Nieftagodien provides fantastic historical context to the #FeesMustFall protests in South Africa. This talk was part of a digital panel on activism and academia for the Decolonizing the Academy Conference at the University of Edinburgh. Noor is Associate Professor at the History Research Group at the University of Witwatersrand.   

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Camalita Naicker on Activism and the Academy

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Camalita Naicker speaks to us about student activism at the University-Currently-Known-As Rhodes University as part of the Centre of African Studies’ conference on Decolonizing the Academy, at the University of Edinburgh. Camalita is a PhD candidate at UHURU.  

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Decolonizing the Academy: A digital panel

This week, the University of Edinburgh’s Centre of African Studies is hosting the ‘Decolonizing the Academy’ conference. As part of this conference we are running a digital panel on activism and the academy. We hope that this new approach to panel presentations can provide a model for more accessible ways of sharing and debating knowledge.

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Rwanda: Liberation by numbers?

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Our co-editor, SJ Cooper-Knock takes a look at Rwanda, which is often praised for leading the way on women’s representation in parliament. What do the country’s impressive statistics tell us about the life choices and life chances of women in politics, and beyond? This thought piece was penned as part of series on parliamentary politics for the […]

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The Successes and Failures of Economic Reform in Africa

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Zainab Usman shares with us her new paper on political settlements in Nigeria. Zainab is a doctoral candidate in International Development at the University of Oxford. Her research assesses the oil economy, economic reform and political institutions in Nigeria since the transition to democracy in 1999. Zainab is also the co-convener of the Oxford University China-Africa Network (OUCAN). She tweets […]

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President Lungu: the reluctant democrat

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Nic Cheeseman, our co-editor, explores political developments in Zambia and asks whether recent constitutional changes are indicative of democratic progress or democratic backsliding.

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Simukai Chigudu on #RhodesMustFall

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As part of the Centre of African Studies’ conference Decolonizing the Academy at the University of Edinburgh, Simukai Chigudu shared with us his thoughts on the Rhodes Must Fall movement at the University of Oxford. Simukai is a PhD candidate at the Oxford Department of International Development at the University of Oxford.

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Uganda 2016: Elections and Authoritarianism

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Our Co-Editor, Nic Cheeseman, discusses the recent Ugandan elections and explores how governments ensure victory in electoral authoritarian states. This interview was first aired on the BBC World Service.

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