Creating more opportunities for young women and girls to work and earn money is a possible solution to early marriages. Subsidising secondary education to keep poorer girls in school is another.
The deaths of four American soldiers in Niger last month highlighted the nature and implications of US military presence in Africa.
Information and communication technologies (ICT) offer new opportunities for improving basic education in Africa.
Without a strategy or a legal case to legitimate the use of force, the US is endangering crucial alliances and civilian lives.
Until African political systems become less majoritarian and do a better job of protecting the rights of minorities, the true benefits of a democratic government are unlikely to be realised.
Attacks by Fulani herdsmen on communities in West Africa are increasing in number and in sophistication. Regional and national authorities must respond promptly to arrest the threat.
Gold is both a blessing and a curse for rural Niger.
The new Internet of Things has the potential to compensate for Africa's legacies of underdevelopment.
The US and France have bolstered military strength across vast areas of Africa in response to Islamist threat. But the interest is also driven by Western strategic calculations
A number of African states are taking positive steps to combat violence against girls and child marriage. But social and cultural barriers can nullify national laws and strategies.
The marked increase in the number of Nigerian pastoralists fleeing Boko Haram terror in northeastern Nigeria last year reflects a trend that started three years ago.
US President Barack Obama would do well to refocus America's interventions in Africa to support peaceful activists fighting for democracy.
African elections and referendums are still a heady mixture of the graceful and the shameless.
Education can be a powerful tool to stop the practice of child marriage. It empowers girls, and their success can ultimately boost their communities.
Regular changes of government through free and fair elections that reflect the wishes of the majority of citizens are a critical component of democratisation. But how significant are polls in Africa?