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Globalised desires

Globalised desires

The digital divide between Africa and the US is shrinking fast There is an excitement that comes with one’s Facebook post getting many likes within...

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From regime change to fostering strong democratic institutions

From regime change to fostering strong democratic institutions

Implications for American democracy promotion and influence in Africa The 2020 US election meltdown may have dented the role and influence of America as the chief promoter and protector of democratisation in Africa. However, the resilience of US political institutions in the face of immense systemic pressure from the Trump Presidency opens a window of opportunity to how the US can refocus its approach towards Africa....

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BOOK REVIEWS

National Liberation Movements as Government in Africa 

National Liberation Movements as Government in Africa 

Book Review  National Liberation Movements as Government in Africa Edited by Redie Bereketeab  Routledge, 2018, Oxford Liberation movements begin as war machines animated by the desire for justice and, if successful, end up as governments clinging on to power. They undergo a transformation into their opposite, morphing into that which they sought to vanquish.  Redie Bereketeab has edited a book that looks at 13 examples of this transformation, each author setting out the successes and failures of particular national liberation movements (NLMs) throughout Africa. The chapters are thick with the histories of each NLM, with assessments of their performance as government.  Chapters are grouped under four categories as struggles against: European colonialism (Angola, Algeria, Guinea-Bissau,...

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Shaping Africa’s Post-Covid Recovery

Shaping Africa’s Post-Covid Recovery

Book Review  Shaping Africa's Post-Covid Recovery Edited by Rabah Arezki, Simeon Djankov and Ugo Panizza Published by Centre for Economic Policy Research, 2021   With most of the world still grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, different regions face unique...

Outbreaks, epidemics and the health of Africa

Outbreaks, epidemics and the health of Africa

Book review Epidemics and the Health of African Nations published by the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) 2019 and edited by Zamanzima Mazibuko Epidemics and the Health of African Nations explores Africa’s vulnerability to diseases and ably...

Buried deep within our hearts and never forgotten

Buried deep within our hearts and never forgotten

Book review Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani and Viviana Mazza; published by Harper Collins 2018 Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree is the heartbreaking account of a true- life event that happened in the small north-eastern Nigerian town of Chibok....

National Liberation Movements as Government in Africa 

National Liberation Movements as Government in Africa 

Book Review  National Liberation Movements as Government in Africa Edited by Redie Bereketeab  Routledge, 2018, Oxford Liberation movements begin as war machines animated by the desire for justice and, if successful, end up as governments clinging on to power. They...

Book review

Book review

The Political Economy of Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa Edited by Andrew Emmanuel Okem and Lucky E Asuelime. Routledge, London and New York; 2018 In pre-industrial society, one used wood and fire for heat and light, gathering wood from the environment on a more or less...

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