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April 18, 2019

South Africa
South Africa's DA Receives High Marks for Municipal Governance

In the run-up to South Africa’s national elections, the Democratic Alliance (DA) will receive a boost from the Good Governance Africa’s annual Government Performance Index. Good Governance Africa is …

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April 17, 2019

Nigeria
Boko Haram Evolves and Persists in Northeast Nigeria

The Shekau and al-Barnawi factions of Boko Haram continue to evolve and even grow. Changes in leadership and tactics raise questions about the extent of their affiliation with IS and overall stability, but they also indicate that the movement is far from defeated.

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April 16, 2019

Republic of Congo
The Daughter of Republic of Congo's President and a $7 Million Apartment in New York

Globa1 Witness, a non-profit corruption watchdog, is reporting that the daughter of Denis Sassou-Nguesso, president of the Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville), purchased an apartment for $7 million i…

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April 15, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: April 6–12

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from April 5 to 12, 2019.

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April 12, 2019

Mauritius
Mauritius Only "Very Stable" African Country, According to Fragile States Index

The Fund for Peace, a non-governmental organization, publishes each year its Fragile States Index. The index compares the social, economic, political, and security challenges facing 178 countries. Th…

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April 9, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
New Afrobarometer Data on Where and Why Africans Want to Migrate

Afrobarometer, a credible, pan-African polling organization, released new data on the desire to migrate in most African countries. How to respond to immigration in all its forms is a compelling political issue in rich countries, making the migration data especially relevant now.

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April 8, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: March 30–April 5

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from March 30 to April 5, 2019.

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April 5, 2019

Nigeria
Women in the Nigerian Delta Resist Election Violence and Rigging

a positive development has been the mobilization of women to counter election irregularities.  Facilitated by the non-governmental organization Academic Associates PeaceWorks, more than one hundred Niger Delta women met on March 21 in Rivers State capital Port Harcourt to share stories and lessons learned about how they had pushed back against voter intimidation, especially by the army.  For example, in Okrika and Ogu/Bolo local government areas, women spent three days and three nights at an election center to prevent the military from stealing the election materials. 

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April 4, 2019

Nigeria
Former Director General of Nigeria’s National Intelligence Agency Arrested

On February 7,  the Federal High Court in Lagos issued a warrant for the arrest of Ayodele Oke, former director general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), and his wife Folasade following an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Just before they were due to appear in court, they apparently left the country for "medical treatment," and the Nigeria media is not reporting where they are now. The EFCC has declared the couple wanted after their failure to respond to a court summons. 

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April 2, 2019

South Africa
South Africa's Language Question Remains Unanswered

The governing African National Congress (ANC) held a rally in Sharpeville (suburban Johannesburg) on March 21 to celebrate Human Rights Day and to commemorate the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre, widely regarded as the inaugural event in the struggle that eventually led to the end of apartheid in 1994. President Cyril Ramaphosa chose to speak about the “promotion of indigenous languages,” a theme of the United Nations’ International Year of Indigenous Languages.

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