Senegal voted this weekend. Abdoulaye Wade is gone after 12 years. Macky Sall, once Wade’s protege and variously prime minister and minister of mining under the old man, is now in charge. Only Senegal’s fourth President since independence in 1960. So not a clean break with the past (though the two did fall out over the role of Wade’s son Karim in government affairs). We hope to have a few post election analyses posts up in the next few days. Till then enjoy the exuberance of “the dancing man” filmed (with a cellphone?) by Al Jazeera journalist Azad Essa in Dakar last night.
Minimal media coverage by international media has left Americans, and much of the world, unaware that US troops are active in almost every African country.
Two female leads in an African film not doing hair, casting ju-ju curses or throwing vases at cheating husbands.
It took almost 110 years until Germany accepted the fact of the Namibian Genocide of 1904-1908.
The centrality of land in the new economic and social spaces and relations produced by conflict and displacement.
Three factors underpin Sudan’s political and economic entanglements with the West.
Right before he was fired, outgoing US Secretary of State visited six African countries. Here’s why.
Why did Tanzania and Julius Nyerere become touchstones for Pan Africanism in the 1960s and 1970s?
Despite a chronic housing and land shortage, Liberia’s capital has not seen militant urban social movements.
Neoliberalism’s model of social justice: the rich prosper, but an appropriate percentage of them are minorities or women.
The plot of Drake’s music video for “God’s Plan” is him giving him out money to the poor. What was he trying to say?
Burkina Faso is a rare recent instance of a popular movement that managed to directly topple a sitting government.
Today, more Congolese are displaced from their homes than Iraqis, Yemenis, or Rohingyas.
How Kgositsile ensured he never expressed himself like a white man.
That China influences ‘regime change’ in Africa became popular after the military coup in Zimbabwe.
The question since the return to civilian rule in Liberia has been how quickly its fragmented institutions could be rebuilt.
Solomon Mahlangu was a famed liberation fighter in South Africa hanged by Apartheid in 1979. His legacy is the subject of a new film.
Why are anti-trafficking campaigns not working? For one, they don’t focus on migrant women’s motives.
Germany’s relatively short-lived, but yet brutal, colonial history, and the politics of its memorialization
More recently the African Union has made it a policy to challenge unconstitutional transitions of power. Why not in Zimbabwe?
Large parts of Cape Town have always been like cities elsewhere on the continent, and not an exception.