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The Conversation Africa is an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community, delivered direct to the public.

The Conversation Africa is a non-profit, public benefit organisation. It is supported by a number of donors as well as academic institutions.

Latest articles written by The Conversation:

  1. Queen Elizabeth: The shift from Empire to Commonwealth

    By the time she died at Balmoral as Queen Elizabeth II, on 8 September 2022, the Empire had vanished.

    Queen Elizabeth II
  2. Why Kenyan women’s rights might not be safe under Ruto

    Ruto’s coalition Kenya Kwanza’s 68-page manifesto aims to implement a nine-point “women agenda” that includes fully implementing the two-thirds gender rule 12 months after assuming office.

    Kenya's Deputy President and Kenya Kwanza alliance leader William Ruto.
  3. Mitumba is part of Africa’s creative economy, fashion sense

    Used clothes are being repurposed but with fresh fashionable spins. This sometimes involves turning recycled garments into upcycled outfits.

    Second-hand clothe buyers and sellers at Gikomba market
  4. Kenya's young voters: Ethnic politics is killing us, but we are trapped in it

    Kenya’s young voters have a dilemma, they dislike ethnic politics but feel trapped in it.

  5. Inside the dark world of being an online influencer

    The risks of self-employment are exacerbated in the influencer industry by an absence of industry standards and little pay transparency

    insta
  6. Kenya election: Sexist language refuses to give way

    Kenyan politics is laden with linguistic sexism.

    women elections
  7. Inside Kenya's traffic police itchy fingers

    Police corruption in Kenya flows within personal and corporate networks that uniquely bring together lower cadre and major players in the police service.

  8. How Kenya’s ‘patriotic’ choral music promotes skewed version of history

    Choral music was used to amplify former President Jomo Kenyatta’s rhetoric of “forgive and forget”.

  9. Mombasa Port: How auditor-general misread China’s SGR contracts

    The profitable Mombasa Port is East Africa’s main international trade gateway.

    Port of Mombasa
  10. Monkeypox Q&A: An expert explains

    The first patient in the current outbreak had returned to the UK from travels to Nigeria where monkeypox is endemic

    monkeypox
  11. What is Idd and how do Muslims celebrate it?

    Ken Chitwood, a scholar of global Islam, explains the two Islamic festivals.

    Nairobi Idd
  12. Mwai Kibaki: President who squandered opportunity to fix Kenya

    To his friends and admirers, Kibaki was a gentleman who survived the murky Kenyan politics unscathed. To detractors, he was a coward and indecisive politician.

    President Mwai Kibaki swearing in Evans Gicheru
  13. Atheism in Kenya: Why accurate numbers are hard to come by

    In the West, younger populations tend to show less concern for belief in God in order to have good values.

    atheist atheism
  14. How the Ugandan state outsources the use of violence to stay in power

    The country uses unpredictability to combine democratic institutions with authoritarian power.

    Bobi Wine
  15. Money, influence and heroism: the allure of political power in Kenya

    Kenya has few adrenaline-filled events, such as exploring the moon and the solar system. Politics remains the only arena where we can size each other up.

    Kenyan politicians
  16. Why the Indian Ocean is spawning deadly tropical cyclones

    2022 has also experienced intense tropical cyclones compared to the preceding years, with the deadliest, cyclone Idai, striking in 2019.

    Indian Ocean Cyclones
  17. Charles Njonjo and the genesis of Kenya’s fixation with security

    Under Njonjo’s tenure, punishments for crimes of property were disproportionately harsh.

    Charles Njonjo
  18. The headache of governing Lagos

    Governing a city like Lagos is not a job for the fainthearted. It’s a city with deep-seated inequalities.

    An aerial view of Lagos, Nigeria
  19. Somalia’s elections: Five things you should know

    The current indirect electoral college is designed to facilitate peaceful transfer of power in Somalia.

    Somali flag
  20. How Swahili became Africa’s most spoken language

    Africa’s Swahili-speaking zone now extends across a full third of the continent.

    Lesos with Swahili sayings

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