Africa in Fact Issue 49
Keeping it in the family

Keeping it in the family

African dynasties: a common phenomenon By Marcel Gascón Barberá Political dynasties have not been an uncommon phenomenon in post-colonial Africa. In Togo and Gabon, two families have been ruling for decades. Hereditary...

How governments influence mental health

How governments influence mental health

Sub-Saharan Africa: mental health This paper sets out to investigate mental health disorders in sub-Saharan Africa, and the extent to which they are influenced by various aspects of the government or state. Mental...

Pulverised into submission

Pulverised into submission

Zimbabwe’s citizens have been subjected to years of state-sponsored brutality By mid-morning on 1 August 2018, thousands of people had gathered in Harare’s central business district (CBD). Just two days before, the...

Waiting for their day in court

Waiting for their day in court

Togo: fear and favour The Gnasssingbé clan has been ruling Togo for more than 50 years.The late Eyadema Gnassingbé to power in January 1967, following what was described as the first coup d’état in black Africa, during...

Looking for the right rules of engagement

Looking for the right rules of engagement

  Boko Haram: fight or talk?   Last year, the Nigerian military persistently denied media reports of an upsurge in attacks by Boko Haram in the country’s northeast. Then, in November 2018, the Islamist militant group...

A bold new approach to governance

A bold new approach to governance

    Kenya: out with the old   On 6 February this year, Miguna Miguna, a Kenyan-born attorney and a solicitor in Canada tweeted that Kenya was in danger of becoming a Kenyatta-Moi private estate. “Patriots,” he added,...