In this week’s episode, I chat with Hilary Matfess (@HilaryMatfess), a doctoral student in political science at Yale University, where she studies the intersection of conflict, governance, and gender. In our conversation, we talk about her new book, Women and the War on Boko Haram, which just came out this week.
This week’s episode featured a conversation with Kiara Hill, one of the curators of “5 Takes on African Art,” an exhibition at the University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) at the University of Massachusetts. (It was a prominent topic in last week’s episode with Amy Halliday). Kiara was one of the five curators; her exhibit is titled “[WOMB]an” … More Links this week: Mogadishu attacks, Kenya’s elections, Sudan’s film archives, and more
Here’s what we’re reading and learning from the continent this week: The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission in Kenya has officially declared incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta the winner of the presidential election. Georgetown University professor Ken Opalo (@kopalo) has some initial reflections on his blog about Kenyatta’s win, including a preliminary debrief on pre-election predictions. … More Links this week: Elections in Kenya & Mauritania, Ghana’s satellite, books & more
In our May 13th episode, we shared a Reuters report that at least one person had died of Ebola in the Bas-Ulele province in northern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This is potentially the first Ebola outbreak in which a vaccine could be made used to stop its spread. Merck, the maker of the vaccine – RVSV-Zebov … More Two weeks of links this week: Ebola in DRC, Germany seeks reparations in Zimbabwe, and more
Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari is still in London, where he has been since January 19th. The 74-year-old’s trip was meant to be a short leave that included some medical check-ups. He was scheduled to return to Nigeria in early February. His prolonged absence reminds us of the long absence of Nigeria’s former president Umar Yar’Adua, … More What we’re reading this week: Nigeria’s missing president, a marathoner in exile, and more