Trokosi is an ancient practice in West Africa where virgin girls, some as young as six are sent as slaves to make amends for wrongs committed by their families.
It's one thing to come up with food security plans. But implementing them is tough.
Not enough credit is given to the agency African governments have in their dealings with China.
Togo illustrates the difficulty of moving away from personalised politics.
Female teachers can act as role models who enhance girls’ motivation and learning outcomes.
More leaders in more African countries will abolish term limits unless organisations like the African Union take action.
Not all African leaders are willing to be swept by the democratic reforms of the early 2000s.
Africa needs strong institutions. But they can only be built if there's a change in leadership.
The seeds of discord that were planted in independent Togo have resulted in ethnic divisions, and a state that has long been ruled by family. But recent protests could mean things are about to change.
African leaders need to up their health allocations to help the new World Health Organisation Director-General meet his health care targets for the continent.
The new Internet of Things has the potential to compensate for Africa's legacies of underdevelopment.
West African health systems were weak before the IMF got involved. Sadly, the policy reforms demanded by the IMF in exchange for loans have undermined governments' ability to repair these problems.
Togolese consumers are increasingly choosing Chinese replicas over 'authentic' Dutch wax prints. Their choice raises fundamental questions about the notion of intellectual property.
The strongest resistance to the United Nations resolution to promote LGBTI rights came from Muslim and African states. Many of these countries still criminalise same-sex relationships.