Unless the leaders make good on their statements about using the greater scale of the economic bloc to demand better terms of trade globally, the expanded Community is likely to be a continuation of the already damaging experience suffered by the ordinary people.
How digital capitalism, despite often being framed as potential growth engine, exploits the already marginalized and reproduces inequalities and power-relations between Africans.
Much like in 1977, all the conditions have come together that could turn conflicting interests into ruinous warfare across the region.
If Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s notion of decolonisation incorporates the linguistic perspective, Dani Nabudere’s project, on the other hand, takes in the fundamental philosophical component as an indispensable foundation, a call to rebuild self, society, culture and civilisation from the very beginning.
Yusuf Serunkuma asks how the continued and violent colonisation of the continent has not been more systematically resisted. In a long-read, Serunkuma looks at the extraordinary control of the continent, from banking, the coffee trade, land grabs and mining. Why have Africans failed to see these forms of foreign control as ‘colonial,’ in which former colonisers have continued the pillage of the continent?
There has been no discernible improvement since the Mo Ibrahim Prize was launched and it is fair to question whether the award is even necessary.
Pastoralists have long been the object of unfavourable and misleading stereotypes and narratives that have contributed to their communities' neglect and marginalization.
If the designs of global big money are not stopped in their tracks, Africa is threatened with environmental degradation and nutritional poverty.
The African Union complains that the International Criminal Court is biased only when an African head of state stands accused.