Africa in Fact Issue 49
An unhealthy and unhelpful preoccupation

An unhealthy and unhelpful preoccupation

African intellectuals: occident anxiety By Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò A spectre is haunting Africa. It is the spectre of occident anxiety. Okay, I exaggerate: it is not haunting Africa but the imagination of its...

In the hands of a few

African elites: multiple pathways By Anna Trapido ‘‘History is a graveyard of aristocracies,” the Italian sociologist Vilfredo Pareto famously wrote. In fact, Pareto introduced the word “elite” to the social sciences....

Closing ranks under pressure

Closing ranks under pressure

Liberation movements: after the war   More than any other continent, Africa boasts an abundance of former national liberation movements serving in government. Understanding the history of these organisations,...

Is Africa really open for business?

Is Africa really open for business?

Governments vs business: the trust deficit By Ronak Gopaldas Africa is experiencing a surge in economic nationalism, with populist and anti-business rhetoric and sentiment on the rise in a number of countries. The two...

Up close and personal

Up close and personal

Africa's leaders: psychology matters   By Francois Misser   “Africa doesn’t need strongmen. It needs strong institutions,” said former US president Barack Obama during a visit to Ghana in July 2009. Yet the...