African Arguments Books

African Arguments is a series of short books about Africa today. Aimed at the growing number of students and general readers who want to know more about the continent.

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Sex, whistles and shutdowns: Inside Africa's non-protesters’ protesting toolbox

How to subvert the system from the safety of your home. What is a protest? The image that usually comes to mind is one of huge crowds marching down a street, waving banners and chanting slogans. “Make your voice heard” and “stand up and be counted” are typically the leading calls to ...

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Credit: Commonwealth Secretariat.

International election observation is decades out of date. I should know.

I helped design the first African election observation mission in 1980. The world's transformed since then, but they're still using the same old model. In 1979, I was a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat, an organisation that played a major role in the negotiations that led to Zimbabwe’s independence. One of ...

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4 ways in which the Burundi crisis is far from over

The government is calling on its 380,000 refugees to return home, claiming the country is safe. Why does no-one believe them? Since the start of 2017, the Burundian government has amplified its calls for refugees to return home. After nearly two years of crisis in which over 1,400 peopled are estimated ...

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The plucky African film industry defying the odds

Thousands of miles from the glamour and riches of the Western film industry, determined filmmakers in Malawi are winning hearts and acclaim as they Make Mollywood. As the film awards season heats up in the US and UK, Africa’s talents are once again hugely under-represented. Beyond some best actress nominations for ...

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Who cares about the ICC's trial of LRA fighter Dominic Ongwen?

Thousands were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced in the conflict with the Lord's Resistance Army. So why aren't more Ugandans following the first public trial on the matter? Given that it is the first public trial for crimes committed in the two-decade war between the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and ...

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