In a surprising change in trends, citizens in many African countries increasingly support government restrictions of press freedom.
More than half of Nigeria's 51% registered voters are aged between 18-35 years.
Facebook retired its 'Move fast and break things' slogan – perhaps because, as new research from Brazil confirms, democracy is among the things left broken by online misinformation and fake news.
Cameroon's Anglophone crisis must be addressed by the president within the first hundred days.
Weary Kenyans are entitled to wonder if the latest referendum push will be any different from the past two.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's grip on power remains strong but pockets of dissent are emerging from digital platforms.
Bobi Wine entered the political arena with a relatively consistent background of politically critical music.
South Africa's Constitutional Court judgment shows concern that the independence of the country's prosecuting authority has been compromised.
Togo illustrates the difficulty of moving away from personalised politics.
African leaders need to acknowledge the gravity of the Congo crisis and apply pressure on Kabila.
Nigeria is far from ready to hold a credible ballot in 2019.
In Tanzania today, political space has shrunk to the point where protests are suppressed before they emerge
In many counties, there are new health centres, roads and street lights that wouldn't be there without devolution.
It's the fourth time a peaceful democratic election has taken place in Sierra Leone. But these are not the stories we hear.
The process of institutionalisation may be patchy and uneven. But one thing is clear: Africa is not without functioning institutions.
A balance sheet of positives and negatives for Tanzania's president Magufuli is perhaps the most striking similarity with the legacy of Nyerere as the country marks another independence anniversary.
Elections, even free and competitive ones, don't always mean that a country is more democratic. Instead of weakening the elite’s grip on power, elections might actually make them stronger.
As a young radical in the 1980s, Museveni publicly scorned African rulers who clung to power. Now, after 30 years in office, he is clearly clinging pretty hard himself.
The outcome of the race between increasingly artful electoral manipulation and limitless possible manifestations of democratic expression is never entirely certain.
Kenya’s upcoming poll will continue despite opposition leader Raila Odinga's decision to exit lawful processes prematurely. This will mean Kenyatta will likely win his second term in a row.