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Africa should avoid being sucked into the global battle of narratives

A view of the 35th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, on February 5, 2022. Africa badly needs a compelling narrative to defend its resident citizens and diasporas.

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What you need to know:

  • The rise of China as an economic powerhouse has raised the geopolitical stakes and expanded its footprint in Africa. Russia has used mercenaries and played the role of spoiler to Western interests. This has forced the America-led West to revisit their development narrative and seek a credible alternative to the donor-recipient trope as the lynchpin of their influence in Africa.