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  • 26th February 2018

NIGERIA: Buhari calls new kidnapping of girl students in Yobe State a 'national disaster'

Patrick Smith

This week we reflect on an apparent replay of the 2014 tragedy in which armed militants abducted dozens of girl students in northern Nigeria. Then to South Africa, where speculation intensifies about the shape of President Cyril Ramaphosa's new cabinet. T...

  • 22nd February 2018

Let's not talk about debt

Blue Lines

Public debt is spiralling and the International Monetary Fund is back in business in Africa. That figures. But it's not a straight rerun of the testy relationship of the 1980s and 1990s.Now, countries such as Ghanaand Zambia are lower-middle-income countr...

  • 19th February 2018

SOUTH AFRICA: President Ramaphosa mulls new cabinet and a new budget

Patrick Smith

We start in South Africa as the country comes to terms with last week's upheavals and looks forward to a new cabinet and a budget on Wednesday (21 February). Its northern neighbour, Zimbabwe, has been in mourning after the death of opposition leader Morga...

  • 13th February 2018

SOUTH AFRICA: Zuma chooses the messiest exit after marathon executive committee meeting

Patrick Smith

This week we start, inevitably, in South Africa with the latest scenes from the seemingly unending drama of President Jacob Zuma's departure. Then to Nigeria where the government is belatedly acknowledging calls for sweeping constitutional changes. In Tan...

  • 8th February 2018

Kenya's authoritarian drift

Blue Lines

It took Chief Justice David Maraga to give a constitutional perspective to the political ructions in Kenya over the last week. The government has ignored court orders to lift its closure of four television stations that broadcast Raila Odinga's theatrical...

  • 29th January 2018

AFRICAN UNION: Summiteers in Addis try to manage a military scramble in the Horn and the Sahel amid fresh reform efforts

Patrick Smith

We start this week in Addis Ababa where the African Union is faced with a slew of tough decisions on security and restructuring its management. And then to Nigeria where former President Olusegun Obasanjo's open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari has sh...

  • 25th January 2018

Obasanjo's counsel

Blue Lines

For the past four decades there has been a recurring motif in Nigerian politics. A new government takes power on the crest of popular approval but soon falls short of expectations.The sequence started with Shehu Shagari's National Party of Nigeria governm...

  • 22nd January 2018

AFRICAN UNION SUMMIT: Trade, war, elections, and financing make for an agenda full to bursting point

Patrick Smith

We start in Addis Ababa this week with the opening of a critical summit of the African Union. Then to Monrovia for the carnival-like inauguration of President George Weah. After that we go to the European courtrooms for the latest episode in Nigeria's pur...

  • 11th January 2018

Multi-speed Africa in 2018

Blue Lines

In politics as in economics, 2018 will be the year of the variable-speed Africa, as our special survey of the year ahead makes clear. Sometimes, the sharp differences are between regions: high-growth economies in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Kenya in the east c...

  • 2nd January 2018

SOUTH AFRICA: New ANC leader Ramaphosa treads carefully as pressure mounts for him to take over the national presidency

Patrick Smith

The New Year begins with a wave of change in Southern Africa. The new leaders in South Africa and Zimbabwe are under pressure to turn around their countries' weakening economies, but they have also inherited a morass of political and legal problems. At le...

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