October 12, 2018Nigeria
Nigerian society and political behavior at all levels usually is shaped by patronage and clientage networks. Politically, there are few genuinely independent voters, in the sense that voters in, say, Vermont or Switzerland are completely free to vote for whomever they like. Clients usually vote as their patrons wish, and nearly everybody is both a patron and a client, from the top of society to rag pickers at the Lagos dump.
September 27, 2018Nigeria
Chidi Odinkalu and Ayisha Osori have published a book in Nigeria that says Obasanjo and his associates and supporters essentially stole $500 million to fund the incumbent’s efforts to amend the constitution so that he could run for a third term. The authors are both highly credible human rights lawyers.
September 12, 2018Mali
Sub-Saharan Africa is urbanizing at the fastest rate in the world.
October 16, 2018Development
The Trump administration has apparently reversed its position on development assistance and the use of soft power in the developing world, and Africa is likely to be a major beneficiary.
September 11, 2018Niger
The CIA is expanding its presence at a recently established drone base at Dirkou, Niger, an oasis town in the Sahara that has a small airport.
October 15, 2018Nigeria
This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between October 6 to October 12.
October 10, 2018South Africa
On October 9, President Cyril Ramaphosa accepted the resignation of Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister. Critics are accusing Nene of lying about the frequency of his contacts with the notorious Gupta family, which is now being investigated for “state capture.”