The Gambian election dispute is not the first that ECOWAS has confronted. Côte d’Ivoire’s 2010 presidential election is a case in point. There it resorted to military action to enforce the outcome.
The creation of a UN special rapporteurship on the right to development should help develop practical solutions on how the right could be realised.
Africa battles with a dearth of data and seems unable to scale up health innovations. If these can be systematically addressed, the continent can take great strides towards better health for all.
Ironically the campaign to withdraw from the ICC was mainly initiated by the very same governments and heads of state that had earlier referred cases to the ICC when it suited their own interests.
When it comes to black hair, “common sense” is the least reliable tool for decision making since even black people are constantly changing their minds about what they want to do with their hair.
It is arrogant and hypocritical for ranking institutions to declare that they're building Africa's legacy or its global partnerships on the continent's behalf.
The trial of Chad's former dictator could provide a template for prosecutions of other African despots. Its success could be seen as a victory for African justice over international approaches.
Successful economies are led by innovation and driven by knowledge. For Africa to advance, it needs to make more substantial investments in its research and development sector.
If the governing ANC ignores the calls for Zuma's resignation,it may undermine South Africa's leadership on the continent. It creates the idea that he can undermine the constitution with impunity.
African elections and referendums are still a heady mixture of the graceful and the shameless.
The 1966 World Festival of Negro Arts was the first state-sponsored showcase of the work of black artists, musicians and poets.
Africa has deep-rooted problems: poverty, disease, corruption and war. Could these be solved through mathematical science?
Vasectomies could be an effective male birth control method in Africa but the procedure is misunderstood and therefore poorly used.
When talking about the role that higher education can play in developing Africa, it's important not to forget the continuing and crucial role of the continent's flagship universities.
History tells us that while elements of competition and inclusion strengthen multiparty systems, too much of either can be fatal to the process of democratisation.
In Senegal, schoolteachers who are personally religious must work in a secular space that marginalises religious discourse and knowledge. They have several ways of subverting the system.
One of the darkest moments of France's colonial history has never been properly acknowledged. That could be about to change.