Bonus: Hear a review of two new books on what Africa’s urbanization means for politics

In this bonus recording, hear Ufahamu Africa host Kim Dionne (@dadakim) read her review of two recent books with insights on how increasing urbanization in Africa changes (or doesn’t change) politics and power: Noah L. Nathan’s (@noahlnathan) “Electoral Politics and Africa’s Urban Transition: Class and Ethnicity in Ghana,” and Jeffrey W. Paller’s (@JWPaller) “Democracy in Ghana: Everyday Politics in Urban Africa.”  

The review was published in this past Friday’s installment of the African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular (#APSRS20), and this recording is being shared as part of a collaboration with The Monkey Cage (@monkeycageblog), a blog on politics and political science at The Washington Post. … More Bonus: Hear a review of two new books on what Africa’s urbanization means for politics

Links this week: Burundi elections, the relationship of democracy and COVID-19, and more

Follow the links below to connect to what you heard on episode 93, featuring a panel sponsored by the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Kim Dionne, Ufahamu Africa co-host, and Ken Opalo, a regular voice on the podcast, spoke on the politics and policy of COVID-19 on the continent.  From the news wrap:  … More Links this week: Burundi elections, the relationship of democracy and COVID-19, and more

Ep88. A talk with Nic Cheeseman about his latest book, Uganda, and much more

On this week’s news update, Kim and Rachel discuss Nigeria’s first Coronavirus patient, the downward trend of Ebola, and elections in Cote d’Ivoire.

At the African Studies Association Annual Meeting in Boston this past fall, Kim met with Nic Cheeseman (@Fromagehomme) to discuss his latest book and other topics, such as presidential succession in Uganda. Nic is a professor of democracy and international development at the University of Birmingham, and he was the former African Studies Centre Director for Oxford University.

He specializes in elections and democracy, doing field work in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Ghana, just to name a few. A frequent commentator on global issues regarding Africa, Nic’s words have appeared in Foreign Policy, the New York Times, and many other renowned publications. … More Ep88. A talk with Nic Cheeseman about his latest book, Uganda, and much more

Bonus: A review of Nanjala Nyabola’s book on Kenyan politics in the digital age

Have a listen to this week’s review of Nanjala Nyabola’s (@Nanjala1) Digital Democracy Analogue Politics, published by Zed Books (@ZedBooks). The review was published on Friday as part of the African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular (#APSRS19), and this recording is being shared as part of a collaboration with The Monkey Cage (@monkeycageblog), a blog on politics and political science at The Washington Post. … More Bonus: A review of Nanjala Nyabola’s book on Kenyan politics in the digital age

Ep72. A conversation with Susanna Wing on intergroup violence and instability in Mali

In this week’s episode, we start with news about LGBTQ rights in Botswana, Russian interference in African countries’ domestic politics, and east African governments announcing increased spending on infrastructure. We also mention the upcoming book launch for Jeffrey Paller and Noah Nathan’s respective books at CDD-Ghana on June 19th.

This week’s conversation is with Susanna Wing, associate professor of political science at Haverford College. She is author of the award-winning book, Constructing Democracy in Transitioning Societies of Africa: Constitutionalism and Deliberation in Mali, that was later published in paperback in 2010 as Constructing Democracy in Africa: Mali in Transition. Earlier this week Susanna wrote a helpful explainer piece about the recent violence and instability in Mali, which we talk about in this week’s episode. Our conversation begins at 11:11. … More Ep72. A conversation with Susanna Wing on intergroup violence and instability in Mali