Somalia must first ensure sustained progress in stability, infrastructure development, governance, and economic growth before considering full membership of the East African Community.
It was a landmark case for its time, a first for East Africa and possibly for the continent. A group of Africans challenged a colonial power in a colonial court to appeal a major land grab and demand reparations. They lost on a technicality but the ripple effects of the Maasai Case continue to be felt.
In Kenya, political elites across the spectrum are trying to sell off the country for themselves—capitulation is inevitable.
Without a clarity of purpose, the adherence of all Kenyans, and the participation of Civil Society Organisations and the Church, the success of the Third Liberation will remain elusive.
In the 1960s, two African nationalist magazines shared a name—but declassified files reveal that they were on opposite sides of a literary Cold War.
It is more helpful, more liberating, for Africans to see themselves from the vantage point of the pugilist on the other side—as a country.
After World War II, the Soviet Union and the United States were not only locked in an ideological struggle with each other, but also competed with an anticolonial vision of modernity, an ideology which is still influential today.
The very public disagreement between the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of Uganda is an acute case of culture clash; each primate is speaking to a different audience, both at home and abroad.
What has made it so difficult for successive governments to acknowledge that they may never find Kimathi’s remains?
Tom Gillespie and Seth Schindler argue that infrastructure megaprojects in Kenya and Ghana have driven rapid urbanisation processes in historically rural areas. Drawing on the concept of rentier capitalism, they show how infrastructure initiatives created opportunities for the appropriation of rents by various actors, contributing to urbanisation without industrialisation. If policy initiatives to socialise and redistribute land rents are to be successful, Gillespie and Schindler conclude, they must be accompanied by political movements to challenge the vested interests that benefit from rentier capitalism in Africa.
Faced with many crises, including unemployment and a rising cost of living, Angolans are turning to memes to express their political discontent.
This year marks sixty years since Kenya’s independence in 1963. Gathanga Ndung’u is scathing of the cabal of wealthy turncoats who have led Kenya’s independence. Ndung’u celebrates a real hero of liberation, Mukami Kimathi, who died in Kenya as the coronation of a royal parasite was being marked in the UK.