Africans keep modelling their democracy against the West. Few are critical enough to speak about Africa modelling its own democracy against its own context. At a time when democracy in the West is being questioned due to the influence of companies such as Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, where does that leave Africa’s democracy?
In the recent Nigerian election WhatsApp was used to mislead voters in increasingly sophisticated ways. But it also strengthened democracy in other areas.
Africa’s democracies have grown stronger during a period in which the world is backsliding on democracy.
A recent interview in French media with Rwanda’s president went viral after it veered off script into the area of human rights. Why, one wonders, does this never happen to Western leaders? Does Donald Trump, for one, not have some explaining to do? It is time for Western media to talk about the West’s human right record.
The ruling National Resistance Movement has undermined Uganda’s democracy.
The political situation in Sudan remains tense and precarious. Reports say 128 people have been killed and more than 300 critically injured since June 3, when the military violently dispersed a sit-in camp in the capital Khartoum. Despite the ongoing violence by the military, demonstrators remain resolute to continue with their movement.
In many instances, social media appears to be amplifying violence, creating a culture of impunity when perpetrators are not held accountable, and increasing insecurity and suspicion.
Che Guevara’s image has been used for everything from fashion shows to revolutionary posters. But his image still means something and represents change and resistance by everyday people. Why?
Ugandan academic and activist Stella Nyanzi celebrates her 45th birthday in jail. She has been in prison since November 2, 2018, where she has been detained for allegedly insulting President Yoweri Museveni. We share with you her three poems written from her prison cell.