The presidents' wives hold a lot of sway within the political power structure.
It's an achievement in itself that Malawi is holding its sixth multi-party national elections since its transition from dictatorship under former President Kamuzu Banda.
The African Union's policy offers no wriggle room for a discretionary response to coups, a scourge that imperils the consolidation of democracy.
There are challenges that Sudan must overcome before power is transferred to its people.
The role of the military in toppling authoritarian rulers, after intensive popular protests, raises questions about how the AU's policy against coups should be applied.
The biggest threats are the concentration of media ownership and attempts to legislate the online media environment.
As South Africa marks 25 years of freedom, many citizens have to contend with the harsh reality that they can't eat democracy.
The Democratic Republic of Congo has implemented power-sharing agreements before but none of them have worked.
South Africa's polls have been praised for adhering to international election best practice. But, they are not without problems.
The Democratic Republic of Congo's new leader Felix Tshisekedi is being undermined by the outgoing regime of Joseph Kabila.
A dictionary of African politics reveals the witty and insightful political terminology that people in different African countries use.
After a long history of botched elections, Nigerians are hopeful that the 2019 poll results will be more credible.
Shutting down or controlling access to the internet has become a go-to strategy among some African states who want to control the political narrative.
Democratic and authoritarian countries are moving further away from each other.
Opening up positions of political power to women will lead to effective and better implemented development policies.
There are question marks over whether Nigeria's upcoming elections will be credible.
Countries that regulate political party funding do so to preserve their sovereignty and integrity of domestic politics.
Ethiopia has gone through a series of changes that's put the country on firm democratic footing.
The argument isn't whether African democracies are better than those in the West. It's simply that the idea of "real" and "not yet real" democracies expresses a colonial mentality, not reality.
African countries' adoption of e-government platforms hasn't served the majority of their citizens.