Nigeria’s Two Decades of Zero-Sum Democracy
by Ebenezer Obadare
“[T]he more distant the experience of military rule, the greater has been society’s reconciliation to the reality of democracy as the only game in town.”
South Africa’s Precarious Black Middle Class
by Roger Southall
“The precarity of daily existence for so many black middle-class South Africans is heightened by dependence on political connections.” Ninth in a series on social mobility around the world.
Congo’s New Citizens’ Movements and Kabila’s Exit
by Marta Iñiguez de Heredia
“The strategies Kabila adopted to avoid stepping down at the end of his term in December 2016 inadvertently consolidated this new democratic wave.”
The Eritrea-Ethiopia Thaw and Its Regional Impact
by Michael Woldemariam
“[T]urning the page on decades of conflict and underdevelopment in the Horn of Africa will require ... democratization and the institutionalization of transparent, accountable governance.”
Pan-African Aspirations Drive a New Free Trade Pact
by Christopher Changwe Nshimbi
“Ideally, the free movement of goods and services should coexist with the free movement of people.”
Perspective: Momentum Builds for the Restitution of African Art
by Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie
Western museums are under pressure to return cultural artifacts looted during the colonial period, as world-class African institutions emerge to claim rights to lost heritage.
Books: Everyday Life in a Post-Slavery Society
by Sandra E. Greene
In Mauritania, where slavery remained legal until 1981, women descended from slaves are taking charge of their lives and redefining their identities.