Barack Obama’s legacy for African democracy advocates?

John J Stremlau, University of the Witwatersrand American President Donald Trump’s February 13 calls to Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and South Africa’s Jacob Zuma are his first signals of interest in sub-Sahara Africa. Trump reportedly raised two US priorities: terrorism and trade. We don’t know if his counterparts found his assertions to be credible or …

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Boosting STEM education for African girls and women

By Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] Mentoring girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is, no doubt, viewed as one of the most central pillars for equitable and secure sustainable future of Africa. But experts, governments and several institutions have been grappling with how best this can be executed to achieve the desired goals …

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Propaganda in Portugal’s colonies: lesson for today

Marissa J. Moorman, Indiana University, Bloomington “Revolt begins where the road ends.” This sums up the thoughts of a Portuguese general on the counterinsurgency strategy in the 1960s against nationalist movements in the country’s former African colonies of Angola, Guinea Bissau and Mozambique. When most other African countries had liberated themselves from Europe’s colonial yoke, …

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Seeds help transform farmers’ yields, income

By Sam Otieno, Isaac Odhiambo [NAIROBI] Adopting certified seed varieties with improved agronomic management practices could significantly transform Africa’s agricultural sector, says a farmer. During a field trip last month (26 January) to assess the impact of certified seeds on crop yield, Margret Njagi, a smallholder farmer in Kenya’s Embu County, told SciDev.Net that using …

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Strong family ties’ role in Nigerian sex trafficking

Valentina Pancieri, University of Cape Town Discussions about human trafficking between Africa and Europe are frequently blurred by generalisations about villainous traffickers and their naïve young victims who have been misled into prostitution. But the world of sex trafficking is far more complex. For example, several studies have shown that Nigerian sex trafficking rings are …

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