How lions, leopards and livestock are affected by racism on Namibia’s farms

Niki Rust, University of Kent Predators such as lions and leopards are becoming more populous in Namibia due to the success of recent conservation measures. But these wild animals are causing increasing problems on livestock farms, as some of them prefer to eat beef steak for dinner rather than gamey venison. This, unsurprisingly, annoys ranchers, …

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Côte d’Ivoire’s credible response to the Bassam attacks

Yvan Guichaoua, University of Kent and Fahiraman Rodrigue Kone, Université Alassane Ouattara de Bouaké The attacks that took place in mid-March at Grand-Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire, provoked the familiar knee-jerk reactions from 24-hour news outlets whose take on these events is often questionable. Due to their strictly Western perspective, these reports sometimes border on the grotesque. …

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Africa’s border disputes are set to rise – but there are ways to stop them

Gbenga Oduntan, University of Kent Foundation essay: This article is part of a series marking the launch of The Conversation in Africa. Our foundation essays are longer than our usual comment and analysis articles and take a wider look at key issues affecting society. African national borders are afflicted by a multitude of troubles that …

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Nigeria and corruption: what President Buhari must do to tackle it

Gbenga Oduntan, University of Kent Africa’s largest economy and most populous country, Nigeria has been crippled since its independence by political instability, inadequate infrastructure, poor macroeconomic management, and above all, corruption. Signs of real improvement have so far been scant. But now Nigeria has a new government – and for once, it’s actually well-placed to …

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