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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. 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”.

  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. What is Idd and how do Muslims celebrate it?

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

    Nairobi Idd
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Kenya election: Sexist language refuses to give way

    Kenyan politics is laden with linguistic sexism.

    women elections
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. White Malice: How the CIA strangled African independence at birth

    CIA operations were not confined to plots ending in brute force. Some were cultural programmes, unbeknown to many artists and scholars who received CIA sponsorship.

    patrice lumumba
  16. A brief history of African nations at the Olympic Winter Games

    A total of 15 African countries have participated at the winter Olympics in 58 years.

    Kenya's Phillip Boit winter olympics
  17. Afcon demands global respect, opens a new chapter for African football

    Africa insisted that its Afcon competition must be respected, especially by European clubs

    Senegal's forward Sadio Mane
  18. What you should know about terror alerts

    Kenya remains in a state of heightened alert following travel warnings by some embassies.

    Terror alert
  19. Kenya’s potato drama: Farmers can only meet standards if there are some

    Standards should be made known to farmers so that those who can meet them

    KFC chips fries
  20. ‘Covid-419’: How Nigerian cybercriminals exploited State schemes for the poor

    Here's how Covid-19-induced interventions in Nigeria had been exploited by criminals.

    cybercrime

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