Corruption and the rule of law in Angola

Our Co-editor Nic Cheeseman shares the experience of Rafael Marques de Morais who has been facing charges in Angola, having provided an account of the corruption...

To write or not to write – should this be my...

DiA's Nic Cheeseman discusses global knowledge inequalities, political neutrality and media repression in his latest piece for Kenya's Sunday Nation newspaper, and asks whether he...

Tanzania – Where President Magufuli’s politics and his economics meet

Michaela point to ways in which Magufuli’s economic strategy supports the consolidation of the President’s own, quite fragile political base. Michaela is a DPhil candidate...

Africa in 2017: The political road ahead

Nic Cheeseman reflects on some of the discussions emerging from the recent Royal African Society event 'Africa in 2017: Prospects and Forecasts' at the...

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...

Memories of Museveni – A Memoir of the Bush War

In a twist on our normal "Book Club" format - which usually sees authors reflect on the most important stories from their recent publications...

Social media, the Diaspora, and the Politics of Ethnicity in Ethiopia

On Monday 29 June I noticed my social media feeds become overwhelmed with posts about the sudden death of Hachalu Hundessa, an...

Why Silicon Valley needs to be more responsible in Africa

In November 2019, dazzled by the promises of fintech (finance/technology) and digital technologies for 1 billion Africans, Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter,...

Facebook’s ongoing scramble for Africa

In 2016, Facebook’s grand project to ‘connect the unconnected’ was banned in India after a year-long national debate led by digital activists....

How hashtag activism moves offline in The Gambia

In The Gambia, WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter are directly, and indirectly, shaping politics. The latest We Are Social’s Digital report counted 370,000...