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Biden lifts Trump’s financial veto on developing nations

9th April 2021 Exactly how the Biden administration might impact Africa remains a bit of a mystery, as the new United States president, predictably, works through... 

A third election without main opposition parties in Benin

8th April 2021 On 11 April, Benin will hold its seventh presidential election since the 1990 national conference that paved the way for the country’s peaceful... 

Africa could become a testing ground for tech-enabled social engineering

7th April 2021 Within a year, much of the world has adopted the norm of wearing masks to protect against the Covid-19 pandemic. Notwithstanding the political... 

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Nigeria’s kidnapping crisis unites the north and south

6th April 2021 Schools in north-western Nigeria recently reopened after a months-long shutdown by state governments due to increasing kidnappings. Between... 

Mozambique on a knife’s edge with its Cabo Delgado insurgency

1st April 2021 Last week the world witnessed a dramatic attack on the Mozambican town of Palma in the country’s northern Cabo Delgado province. The death toll is... 

Why effective handling of Boko Haram deserters matters

30th March 2021 In the highly volatile Lake Chad Basin area, the decision by many recruits to leave Boko Haram means the group’s ranks are shrinking. This is a... 

Stranded Suez ship confounds world uneasy about the long haul

29th March 2021 The Suez Canal is one of the world’s major shipping routes, or at least it was until the Ever Given ran aground on 23 March. The blustery... 

Filling Magufuli’s big shoes – or scrapping them

26th March 2021 Tanzania’s controversial President John Magufuli was officially declared dead on 17 March of a heart attack, though many suspect it was from... 

‘Electoral reforms’ are stifling democracy in West Africa

25th March 2021 In the past two years, several West African countries have enacted electoral laws and regulations that make running for political office more... 

Ghana’s Akufo-Addo faces a gruelling second term

24th March 2021 On 4 March, Ghana’s Supreme Court unanimously ruled to uphold the second term victory of President Nana Akufo-Addo in the 7 December 2020 general... 

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