12 July 19

Lifting the resource curse from Kenya’s nascent oilfields

Since the first discoveries of substantial oil reserves in Kenya’s Lokichar Basin in 2012, the country has been caught in a seemingly interminable battle to implement the infrastructure, legislation and mechanisms necessary to turn that vast potential into cold hard
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08 July 19

Is Ethiopia making a case for dictatorships in Africa?

Ethiopia’s transformation over the past year and a half has been staggering. Under the rule of Abiy Ahmed, the East African country has turned itself from one of the region’s most crisis-ridden nations into one of its most politically progressive
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08 July 19

Is 2019 the year of positive change in the Horn of Africa?

Last year, the geopolitical landscape in the Horn of Africa was turned on its head with the signing of a peace deal between long-time war enemies, Eritrea and Ethiopia. The peace agreement sent a ripple effect throughout the entire peninsula
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04 July 19

Journalist recounts her horrible experience in the Rwandan Genocide

A Swedish journalist who covered the 1994 Genocide against Tutsis in Rwanda has recently given unpublished photos to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Museum for archiving to preserve memory and educate future generations. Gunilla Von Hall, one of the foreign journalists
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21 June 19

Uganda: Where a single Facebook post, poem or song lands you in jail

Freedom of expression is a hot topic in Uganda these days, but it’s one you’re not allowed to talk about. Criticising the government’s increasingly oppressive laws and blatant targeting of individuals who flout them can get you burned. More specifically,
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03 June 19

Hemedti: The feared military leader looking most likely to seize power in Sudan

With Omar al-Bashir ousted as Sudan’s long-serving president in April, the great question hanging over the country’s political landscape is who will be in charge of taking the country forward. The protest groups that demanded regime change for so many
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29 May 19

Tanzania’s incredible transformation from ‘beacon of democracy’ to oppressive state

On October 25, 2015, Tanzania elected John Magufuli to become the country’s fifth president with more than 58% of the vote. During his 20-year career as a member of parliament, prior to being elected as president, Magufili built a reputation
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23 May 19

Do Eritreans Have Anything New to Celebrate This Independence Day?

On May 24, Eritrea officially celebrates its Independence Day, marking 28 years since the country wrestled control back from Ethiopia at the end of a brutal war that lasted for 30 years. On this day, in 1991, the prospect of
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06 May 19

Press freedoms are improving in Ethiopia, but progress is being held back

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has been vocal about press freedoms in Ethiopia for many years – particularly the suppression placed against journalists and members of the media under previous regimes. Under the rule of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed,
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06 May 19

Fact check: How African migration is misrepresented by Western media

African migration has been a major topic in Western media over the past five years, particularly since the European migrant refugee crisis was defined in 2015. For months on end, images of boast filled with African migrants travelling across the
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