East Africa
Cheap, flexible and growing

Cheap, flexible and growing

Radio: power to the people Terrestrial radio remains the most popular means of accessing news and entertainment in Africa, even with the advent of the internet Of all the media platforms, radio is still, by far, the...

The art of war

The art of war

Africa and wars: traditional weapons The advent of the machine gun at the end of the 19th century irrevocably changed the way wars were waged in Africa “Whatever happens, we have got the Maxim gun, and they have not,”...

Altered states

Altered states

Africa: the age of revolutions A broader view of history reveals Africans to have been decisive actors in shaping global changes, both inside and outside the continent One big difficulty historians of Africa face is...

Up in the air

Up in the air

African airlines: the good and the bad A history of government interference in African state-owned airlines has led to inefficiency and unsustainable debt levels, but Ethiopia’s done it differently Running an airline...

China in Africa: Chinese FDI

China in Africa: Chinese FDI

China likes to position its engagement with Africa as that of one developing region assisting another. However, Beijing sometimes claims that it is “just another market player” on the continent — often as a retort to...