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The AU shuffles towards democracy, looking over its shoulder
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Politics and Society The AU shuffles towards democracy, looking over its shoulder

Is Africa slowly turning the rhetoric of democracy into action? The Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU), which introduced to the continental body the values of democracy, rule of law and constitutionalism, is 13 years old. And its prohibition of seizing power unconstitutionally goes back even earlier to 2000, preceding the AU

Made in Africa: seven publishers changing the African fiction publishing scene
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Lifestyle Made in Africa: seven publishers changing the African fiction publishing scene

In a recent New York Times article, Nigerian writer Tricia Nwaubani argued that Western publishers still determine the type of African story to be published and this is often for Western eyes. This is Africa’s Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire looks at the other side of the coin through the Made in Africa II series, where he talks to seven publishers at the centre of the growth of new African Literature made on and for the continent

THINK AGAIN: Chad rides to the rescue in Nigeria, but which Chad?
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Politics and Society THINK AGAIN: Chad rides to the rescue in Nigeria, but which Chad?

With 400 military vehicles already rolling, it’s worth considering what kind of impact Chad’s intervention is likely to make in the fight against Boko Haram in north-east Nigeria. Fortunately, we have two very recent examples of how Chadian soldiers operate as peacekeepers; unfortunately, they tell two very different stories