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

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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Burkina Faso’s popular revolution fraying at the edges – By Valérie Arnould

The ousting of Burkina Faso’s long-standing President Blaise Compaoré in October 2014 raised high hopes for a democratic transition in the country. Compaoré was removed following street protests against his attempt to push through constitutional revisions which would have enabled him to run for another presidential term. A relatively orderly ...

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Nigeria: Peaceful election boosts investor confidence in Africa’s largest economy – By Ioannis Mantzikos

A largely peaceful election in which Muhammadu Buhari defeated President Goodluck Jonathan has bolstered investor confidence in Nigeria. Whilst it is widely expected, perhaps unrealistically so, that this military man from Katsina State in northern Nigeria will be more successful in dealing with fighting the Boko Haram insurgency than his ...

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Sudan’s Great Depression: mental illness dangerously ignored by country’s health services – By Dr. Mohamed Shawgi

Mental illness has been in the news again with the story of Germanwings Flight 9525 which is thought to have been intentionally crashed in the French Alps by its co-pilot Andreas Lubitz. Lubitz appears to have had a history of suffering from mental health problems. This comes a few months ...

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Rwanda: Past Politics and Present Preservation of the Gacaca Files

Rwanda’s gacaca courts are entering a new phase of transformation, from being a controversial mechanism for providing truth and reconciliation for genocide survivors; they are becoming an important part of Rwanda’s history. At the end of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide, the new Rwanda Patriotic Front-dominated government faced the legal question of how to ...

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From One Campaign to the Next: Buhari and the Battle against Boko Haram – By Jacob Zenn

On April 1, Nigeria’s electoral commission announced that Muhammadu Buhari had won Nigeria's presidential election. This was monumental for the country. For the first time in the Nigeria’s history, one elected leader succeeded another elected leader. Moreover, that a free and fair election with few reports of violence could take ...

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