The Uses and Abuses of Social Media in Africa

A recent conference at the University of Edinburgh went "Beyond the Hashtag" to explore the impact of social media in Africa. Don't worry if...

Cameroon: Let My People Go By Sissiku Julius Ayuktabe

In this exclusive post for DiA, Sissiku Julius Ayuktabe, the president of the self-declared Republic of Ambazonia, writes about his hopes for his people...

Cameroon: “Zombie observers” confuse narrative of dubious elections

Cameroon has just endured one of its most controversial elections to date. Amidst accusation of vote rigging, human rights violations and fake election observers,...

How do dictators keep power in Africa?

How do dictators retain power? And why do some autocrats manipulate elections more than others? Yonatan Morse explains the most important lessons from his...

Eric Ohena Lembembe and the future of LGBT activism in Cameroon.

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Podcast: Does Democracy Work for Africa?

Speaking to RFI's Christina Okello for a brand new documentary, DiA's Professor Nic Cheeseman explains why even in the countries where elections are frequently...

New Book Blog: Why African leaders are more constrained by democratic...

Nic Cheeseman shares some of the highlights of his new book - Institutions and Democracy in Africa (CUP, 2018) - arguing that failing to recognise...

How the UK and US are failing democracy in Africa

DiA’s co-editor Obert Hodzi turns a critical eye on the recent trips to Africa by the British Prime Minister Theresa May and Melania Trump,...

Setting a foreign policy agenda for the Muhammadu Buhari presidency

Babatunde Afolabi talks us through the foreign policy priorities for Nigeria's new government. Babatunde is a consultant who has previously worked for the Economic...

Conflict in Cameroon is extracting a heavy toll on ordinary people

What is the socio-economic cost of the revolt in Cameroon? From losing hosting rights for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations to communities abandoning...