Nigeria’s soldiers of fortune: The Abacha and Obasanjo years

Max Siollun provides a compelling summary of the dual destabilizer-mediator role of Nigeria’s military, especially during the military dictatorship years. But, as the military...

What are the key lessons that African cities need to learn?

African cities are growing, becoming increasingly important both politically and economically. But what lessons do they need to learn in order to achieve their...

PODCAST: Prof Cheeseman on how social media is changing African politics

Ozayr Patel from the conversation talks to DiA's Nic Cheeseman about the role of social media in African politics, and in particular the impact...

Underdevelopment in Africa: Circumstances beyond our control or self- sabotage?

Oluwafifehan Ogunde asks thought-provoking questions on the state of Africa and provides a candid reflection on whether Africa’s underdevelopment is a result of self-sabotage...

How Social Media is Changing Politics in Africa

In our popular Book Club feature, Maggie Dwyer and Thomas Molony reflect on the key lessons of their important new volume on Social Media...

Legislative Development in Africa: Politics and Postcolonial Legacies

In the latest instalment of our popular Book Club feature, one of the rising stars of African studies, Ken Opalo, shares the main messages...

Is WhatsApp Undermining Democracy in Africa?

DiA's own Nic Cheeseman has been conducting research on the impact of WhatsApp with a team from the University of Birmingham and CDD West...

What Africa has to teach the world about democracy

Recent episodes of backsliding in countries such as South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda has led to a resurgence of Afropessimism and the idea that...

Women’s Activism in Africa: Struggles for Rights and Representation

Our popular Book Club feature brings you accessible and powerful summaries of the best books on Africa. In this edition, Balghis Badri and Aili...

The Police and extra-judicial killings in Nigeria

What explains the increase in extrajudicial killings and disproportionate use of force by the police in Nigeria? What can be done about it? Beyond...