Nic Cheeseman and Hannah Waddilove share with us their recent findings on rural voters in Africa for Oxford Analytica. How important are rural voters? Do they use their political leverage to demand services? What do urbanisation rates mean for the future of the political landscape across Africa?
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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 Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Data and statistics are a hot topic in African studies at the minute. In this blog, Nathan Boublil tells us about the launch of SmartGov Africa. Nathan is trained as a political economist and policy fellow at Cambridge University. In 2012, he co-founded with Elliott Verreault the data lab SmartGov Technologies to improve the use […]
Professor Nic Cheeseman has appeared on the BBC radio programme Newshour Extra, discussing the pros and cons of presidential term-limits, and whether power corrupts.
Justin Willis asks what is in store for Uganda now that Mbabazi has committed to run in elections, compares his candidature to Museveni’s previous opponents, and explains how his candidacy will be shaped by the need for cash on the campaign trail.
In this post, Michaela Collord gives us her insights on Ugandan politics in the wake of Amama Mbabazi’s announcement that he will fight Yoweri Museveni in the upcoming elections.
The annual Bram Fischer Memorial Lecture was given this afternoon by Justice Edwin Cameron, who spoke on Fidelity and Betrayal under Law. The memorial lecture is in honour of Bram Fischer QC (Orange Free State & New College 1931), who defended Nelson Mandela and other leaders of the liberation movement when on trial for their […]
Nic Cheeseman explores the political battle underway in Kenya between county assemblies, the National Assembly, and the Senate. He asks what consequences these might have for Kenyatta’s pledge to provide domestic order and, in doing so, secure his own seat in power.
This week marked the launch of our co-editor Nic Cheeseman’s exciting new text ‘Democracy in Africa’. Here, he tells us more about this important contribution to the field.
Porridge, piety and patience: Why traditional Qur’anic students in northern Nigeria feel embarrassed to be poor
This month, we will be starting a series on security in Nigeria. Our definition of security will be broad, as is our interest in the factors that drive it. As part of this series, Hannah Hoechner explores the ways in which poverty is shamed and hidden in Nigeria. She questions the connections and disconnections between young people’s […]