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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African Arguments Online is a multi-blogging site that covers unfolding, contemporary African events, and develops debates on issues of central importance to an ever-changing continent. Learn more about our process and how you can get involved

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Boko Haram and the many faces of Abubakar Shekau – By Jacob Zenn

On September 24, 2014, Nigerian and Cameroonian sources provided video evidence (6:24) that a Boko Haram commander named Bashir Muhammed, who ‘doubled’ as the group’s leader Abubakar Shekau, was killed in Konduga in Borno State. This prompts the question: Where is the real Shekau? There are several credible theories about ...

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REVIEW: Peaceland – Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention – By Séverine Autesserre

Review by Christoph Vogel - Recently, a Congolese friend of mine taught me how to use condoms to clean your shoes before going out. On average, it takes three condoms per shoe and you come out classy within a few minutes. In South Sudan, condoms are sometimes used to transport ...

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One year on from Sudan’s September protests and inequality remains the inconvenient truth – By Muhammad Osman

A year has passed since the September 2013 protests in Sudan, in which more than 170 people, including women and children, died at the hands of the militiamen of President Omar Al-Bashir’s Islamist-military regime. The protests began on 23rd September in the central town of Wad Madani, in Al Jazeera state, ...

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The President’s Bank: corruption allegations tarnish Somalia’s brave new world - By Jay Bahadur

The election of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in September 2012 was heralded internationally as an almost messianic break from the past, an end to Somalia's never-ending progression of corrupt "transitional" governments and the beginning of a brave new era. Once in office, Hassan Sheikh was feted by Western powers in London ...

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A year after Westgate: what has Kenya learned? – By Jeremy Lind and Patrick Mutahi

A year has passed since Al-Shabaab militants laid siege of the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi. The attack, believed to have been carried out by four gunmen, left 67 dead and laid waste to the luxury complex. President Uhuru Kenyatta promised to form an independent Commission of Inquiry to investigate ...

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Ebola outbreak highlights Liberia’s crisis of development policy – By Ashoka Mukpo

Before the 2011 presidential election in Liberia, I was relaxing on a beach in Monrovia when a man walked by wearing a t-shirt with a candidate’s face on it. We made eye contact, and I asked him, “Do you think he’s going to win?” Not skipping a beat, he smirked ...

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