An effigy seen at a San Diego protest rally on May 26, 2016 showing Trump with the word "Bigot" taped on. (Wikimedia Commons)

As The Dust On Trump’s Victory Settles, Here’s The Unusual Way It’s Linked To Forces Shaping Africa Today

It seems political hardening is increasingly a global phenomenon. Though the local factors that drive a nativist, authoritarian, or anti-liberal mood might be unique to each country, the broader trends are apparent.

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Ethiopia has seen much physical development and economic growth in the past decade. But the rose tints may be fading. (Photo/Simon Davis/DFID)

Not Long Ago, Ethiopians Said Their Country Was More Democratic Than Botswana, Ghana Or Mauritius

But it seems Ethiopians define ‘democracy’ more instrumentally, in terms of provision of material welfare or effective governance, rather than intrinsically — that is, protecting individual freedoms or following procedures

Incumbent Zambian president Edgar Lungu. He is set to have another five years in office. (Photo/ UNHCR / JM. Ferré)

How African Courts Uphold All Incumbent Victories – And Entrench Electoral Cheating

No court in Africa has ever overturned a presidential election result in favour of the challenger. Judgements have always favoured the incumbent candidate, the candidate sponsored by the ruling party, or the presumptive winner.

Mary Keitany (Kenya), Tiki Gelana (Ethiopia) and Priscah Jeptoo (Kenya) take the lead in the women's marathon at the 2012 London Olympics. Gelana won gold, and set an Olympic record. (Photo/ Wikimedia commons)

Africa At The Olympics: Success At The Games Has Something To Do With The Status Of Women

The most unexpected factor that predicts Olympic success is the participation of women in sport, which acts as a proxy indicator on the status of women in the country.

The Internet Messenger, by Buky Schwarz. African governments are trying to keep up with a more technologically savvy population, to mixed success. (Photo/ Dr. Avishai Teicher Pikiwiki Israel)

Social Media Blocks In Africa; A Heavy Hand That Hints Of Desperation And Failure

This year alone, there have been at least six instances of blocking internet or social media during elections in Africa, or politically contentious times. Algeria even did it during exam season