In episode 66, we started our conversation with the topic of term limits and the contesting of them on the continent. In this episode we were joined by guest Abdourahmane Seck, an anthropologist and historian at the Faculty of Civilizations, Religions, Arts and Communication at the Université Gaston Berger in Saint-Louis, Senegal.
Here are the stories and links featured in our newswrap segment of this week’s episode, as well as a BONUS link:
- In 2017, Benin parliament decided not to reduce the term limits given to president.
- Ken Opalo reported that only two parties in Benin parliament can actually participate in the legislative election…and they both back the current president.
- Electoral codes limiting opposition parties from running is something we discussed in episode 56 in the case of Senegal.
- V-Dem reports that a third wave of authoritarianism is upon us.
- BBC profiled Malawian musician Lazarus Chigwandali (@music_lazarus), where he shared his experience living with albinism and his incredible music.
- Take a listen to his song “Ndife Alendo” on Soundcloud.
- Action on Albinism reported 148 attacks on people with albinism in Malawi as of July 2018.
- You can check out previews of Lazarus’ music on the Instagram feed of the Malawi-Swedish pop group, The Very Best (@realTheVeryBest).
- The Very Best have put together a Kickstarter to fund Lazarus’ album and a film about him.
- The short film will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival (@Tribeca).
- Read up on the world’s first malaria vaccine.
- In Burkina Faso, anti-malarial medicine is seriously reducing the number of potential patients under the age of 5.
- CNN reported that strategy documents from a Russian company instructed the Sudanese government on how to demobilize protesters in Sudan.
- A look at South Africa 25 years after ending apartheid.
- Bonus link: Last month, famed musician Salif Keita announced his retirement.