Power play in Kenya and the ‘ideology of order’

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...

Africa could feed the world, but smallholders will be key

Continuing our blog series on agricultural politics in Africa, Caroline Kende-Robb emphasises the importance of small-holder farmers.  Caroline is the Executive Director of the...

Nigerian political parties: more ideology than meets the eye

In this blog, Philip Dorrell argues that, contrary to popular opinion, Nigerian parties are ideologically driven. Philip has recently graduated from the University of...
Sierra Leone

Responding to the moral crisis in Chibok and expecting the unexpected

Last month, in Chibok, Boko Haram abducted nearly 300 school girls. In this post, Zoe Marks argues that, in Nigeria and beyond, we are...

Je Suis Baga

In the march on Sunday, Hollande claimed that Paris was the capital of the world. Given the number of deaths at the hands of...

Soldiers in Revolt: Army mutinies in Africa

  In this article, Maggie Dwyer look at mutinies in Africa from those that were involved - essential reading in view of recent events in...

Wole Soyinka for Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford

Democracy in Africa is joining the campaign to elect Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka as Professor of Poetry. As the first African elected to this post, Soyinka’s appointment...

A bank in suspense: Goodluck Jonathan and Lamido Sanusi

In this blog piece, Michaela Collord explores President Goodluck Jonathan's suspension of the Central Bank Governor, Lamido Sanusi and questions what the potential repercussions of...

Rejoinder to ‘why fear Boko Haram’

In this blog, Hannah Hoechner responds to a recent post by Eliza Griswold on Boko Haram. She argues that we  know very little about...

Moving beyond ‘pay revolts:’ Mutinies and politics in Africa

Maggie Dwyer pushes us to reconsider how we view mutinies in Africa. Soldiers are a part of the political landscape, she argues, and their...