60 years since the founding of the Organization for African Unity (OAU), where is pan-Africanism today? Our latest issue, Pan-African Dreams, looks at the significance of the African Union today and the future of pan-Africanism.
Later this month, Zimbabwe will elect a new president. The options include a 45-year-old youth leader and the 80-year-old sitting president, who has been in politics longer than the youth leader has been alive.
On 06 August 1945, the United States dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on a Japanese city, Hiroshima, during the Second World War. Did you know that the uranium used in making the bomb and subsequent atomic weapons were sourced from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)?
Over the last few weeks, France has seen unrest at the death of Nahel Merzouk, a 17-year-old boy of Moroccan and Algerian origin shot and killed by police officers in a Paris suburb. The events dawn on the 98th birthday of Frantz Fanon, the Martinican psychiatrist who, educated in Paris, spent a critical part of his life in Algeria supporting its nationalist liberation movement against France, seeing the revolution as a ‘bridgehead’ of a pan-African vision.
The United States Supreme Court's decision to turn its back on affirmative action may mark a pivotal point for higher education, potentially leading to diminished diversity in tertiary institutions and professional sectors.
Nigeria has been one of the major hurdles to economic integration across West Africa, this author argues. It is one of the most inward-looking developing countries in the world, but will the next president be able to reverse this trend?
West Africa has experienced evolving violence since independence, first by recording the highest share of military coup frequency in Africa between 1960 and 1989, then in the Mano River regional crisis of 1989-2003, and finally terrorism in the Lake Chad region and the Liptako-Gourma region from 2010 till date.
With constant calls for diversification of the economy, and another election season serving as a potent reminder of how polarized the country remains along ethnic lines, football holds a lot of untapped promise for the future of Nigeria.
Nigeria is positioned to reap great benefits from available resources in terms of sustained development and economic standing, with the developing trend of African countries trying to move up the production value chain. The question still lies in whether Nigerian leadership will seize such opportunities that may be fleeting.