#BookClub Nigerian politics & journalism: Embers of empire

Why are calls for the restructuring of Nigeria a recurring subject of debate?  For our popular #BookClub feature, Mercy Ette celebrates the...

Electoral Reform in Nigeria: The Manipulation of the Electoral Bill 2021

The Electoral Bill 2021 is still waiting to be passed by the Nigerian legislature, having missed the two initial deadlines...

President Lungu plays his Trump card in Zambia

Zambia’s presidential election was expected to be a tight two-horse race between President Edgar Lungu and perennial opposition candidate Hakainde Hichilema. But...

THE ZAMBIAN ELECTION RESULTS – ALL HERE WITH ANALYSIS!

As the results come in, DiA will be updating its results database and analysing the figures. Analysis correct for...

#BookClub: Arbitrary States & Museveni’s Uganda – interview and blog!

As part of DiA's popular #BookClub feature, we invited Rebecca Tapscott to discuss her brilliant new book, Arbitrary States, with Gerald Bareebe....

Against Unity: A Christian Perspective on the Zambian Elections

Last week, the organizing committee for Zambia’s National Day of Prayer declared three days of prayer and fasting under the theme, “Actualizing...

Zambian Democracy’s Biggest Test Yet

As one of the few countries to have experienced multiple democratic transfers of power, Zambia has long been considered among Africa’s more...

How NOT to rig an election: Zambia’s dodgy opinion poll

Opinion polls play an important role in elections. They don't just tell us who might win - they may also create "bandwagoning"...

Term Limits: A Linchpin to Restoring Democratic Norms in Africa

Lost in the wave of democratic backsliding seen in Africa in recent years has been the dramatic deterioration of term limit norms....

Security and the politics of fear in African elections

Elections across sub-Saharan Africa are frequently accompanied by fears of electoral violence and shrill calls for peace from civil society, journalists, governments,...