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.


March 2015

Current ALC Fellow Moses Onyango, published "Postcolonial Politics in Kenya" as a chapter in the edited volume, The Crises of Postcoloniality in Africa, by Kenneth Omeje (ed.). This volume is published by Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA).

The Crises of Postcoloniality in Africa is an assemblage of transdisciplinary essays that offer a spirited reflection on the debate and phenomenon of postcoloniality in Africa, including the changing patterns and ramifications of problems, challenges and opportunities associated with it.

Contributors: Dauda Abubakar, John M. Kabia, Jeremy Keenan, Chris M. A. Kwaja, Pamela Machakanja, Macharia Munene, Tim Murithi, Martha Mutisi, Raphael Chijioke Njoku, Kenneth Omeje,Moses Onyango, Douglas A. Yates

Download the introduction here


28th February 2015

By Godwin Murunga

Republished from Saturday Nation

 Last week, the African Leadership Centre jointly hosted a three-day conference at Wilton Park. Bringing together over 40 academics and policy practitioners from around the world, the conference, supported by Carnegie Corporation of New York, focused on peacebuilding in Africa.

There were participants from core institutions operating in the peacebuilding terrain in Africa including academics from universities, research centres and practitioners from the AU, East African Community and the UN. The discussion was rich, touching on conceptual questions around definition of peacebuilding to empirical ones on the transformations in the terrain and how these are challenging old approaches to peacebuilding. The conference discussed innovations in African peacebuilding and alternative perspectives evident in peacebuilding interventions in Africa.

February 16, 2015  

By Albert Mbiatem

Republished from AfSol Blog

Additional or unlimited presidential terms and their actual and potential consequences are still rampant in Africa. With reference to the recent socio-political instabilities in Tunisia, Egypt, and Burkina Faso, there is enough evidence to presume other risks of conflict escalation across the continent when popular demands are undermined by some regimes. The recurrent prevalence of personal interests over national interests is to a large extent portrayed by the attitudes of presidents amending or seeking to amend the constitution in favour of their eligibility for supplementary or unlimited mandates. Thus, I argue that personalised leadership seeking eligibility for additional mandates by barring the way to an opened political emergence is a trigger of socio-political instabilities and an imminent threat to peace and security in Africa. In order to ascertain such eligibility and subsequently twig to power, incumbent presidents with the support of their self-interested collaborators manipulate popular perceptions via referenda or parliamentary votes.

  Selam Terefe

Our alumni Selam Terefe and Birikit Terefe have been selected to be part of the East African Acumen Fellows. Through ACUMEN they will participate in fighting poverty and changing lives across East Africa through unique initiatives that range from providing much-needed ambulance services to helping make hygienic sanitation more accessible and affordable to empowering young women to start viable agro-enterprises.


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