Why are we so shocked? It’s Pretoria’s official policy to treat Africans as aliens

25th February 2015

By Godwin Murunga

Republished from The EastAfrican

The pictures out of South Africa are gory, depicting a society with a deep seated but repressed tendency to brutality.

South Africa is not alone in this repressed tendency. We all have our share. But at the moment, the continent is traumatised, embarrassed and hurting about South Africa. We are numbed beyond words by images of a slit throat, gouged out eye, split-open skull, the burnt body of a child.

Many South Africans are totally outraged by this pornography of violence. Indeed, some have joined in protesting.

Professor Jonathan Jansen, vice-chancellor of the University of the Free State, aptly expressed this outrage by imploring foreigners not to “leave us to ourselves” because, as he put it, “We need you as role models teaching us how to work really hard and succeed in a stagnant economy.”

But few are acknowledging that Afrophobia is official South African policy, and that it is firmly entrenched in the country’s immigration policy.

The new frontier of governance in Africa

LSE Africa Summit

April 2015

ALC Fellow Kafui O. Tsekpo has published an article entitled, "The new frontier of governance in Africa."  This article was published as part of the LSE Africa Summit special issue. The Public Sphere – 2015 LSE Africa Summit

The Public Sphere Journal, now in its third year, is published on an annual basis and presents quality papers across a broad range of public policy areas. The journal is run by students of the London School of Economics’ Master of Public Administration programme. This special issue, in partnership with the 2015 LSE Africa Summit, showcases a selection of papers presented at the Research Conference on 17th April 2015.

Contributors: Adeolu Adesanya, Lindsey Carson, Fabienne Hoelzel and Ebun Akinsete, John Baptist Ngobi, Tatiana dos Santos Silva and Kafui Tsekpo

Download the PDF Version of the journal here

Why President Goodluck Jonathan may win Nigeria’s March 28, 2015 Presidential Election: An Analysis of the Follower and Situation Factors in Leader Emergence

March 2015

By Kialee Nyiayaana

Since the transition to democracy in 1999, no elections in Nigeria have been as competitive and contentious as the 2015 elections. Anxieties over its fairness, rising cases of pre-election violence and the probability of the eruption of large scale post-election violence as witnessed in 2011 have been a source of worry, domestically and internationally. Yet, the issue of who emerges as winner: how and why between the two top contenders, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEJ), the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP’s) flag bearer and Rtd. General Muhamadu Buhari of the opposition, All Progressives Congress (APC) has generated intense debate. This article is a contribution to the ongoing debate. It focuses on why rather than how a particular candidate will emerge. Based on an analysis of the follower and situation factors in leader emergence, the main argument is that although Gen. Buhari whose traits and competence are a match to the current socio-economic and security predicaments of Nigeria, the rapidly changing situations in the country and the constraints imposed by the nature of the society privilege President GEJ for victory in the March 28, 2015 presidential poll.

2015 General Elections and the Question of Leadership in Nigeria

March 2015

By Akinbode Fasakin.

In about a week, Nigerians will hit the ballot papers, voting for candidates of their choice in the 2015 General elections. Being the largest country in Africa and given Nigeria’s significance on the continent, Africa and the international community have put their focus on Nigeria with an attempt to decipher its ability to conduct a free, fair, credible and violent-free election after four previous attempts. Since elections are more an event, and an end rather than a means towards an end, one wonders what would be done differently at this time to enhance democratic process in Nigeria and achieve results that are more acceptable to at least the majority of the stakeholders and observers. This calls for scrutiny the roles and activities of some key actors in this electoral process. Among many others, these polls bring to the fore three critical actors including the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), responsible for the overall conduct of the elections; the political parties that have fielded candidates for various offices; and ordinary Nigerians, whose choice it is to decide those returning to elected public offices.

Why I support Buhari

March 2015

By Damilola Adegoke

Nigerians will soon have another opportunity to elect a leader who will lead the nation for the next four years, and a quick study of the extant political discussions in the country will reveal that the core of most debates now is the issue of the presidential elections. The nation is faced with two major choices of continuity or change; the ruling party will prefer the former while most progressive oppositions favour the latter. The events is going to be epochal because from all available analyses both by political watchers and informed critics, including myself, President Goodluck Jonathan will be the first Nigerian incumbent Head of State to be defeated. Because his luck seems to have run out; but as not too uncommon in our part of the world, the unexpected can happen.

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