Africanist Scholars’ Forum

A forum for discussing trending issues from an African perspective

Election Postponement in Senegal and Its Implications for Political Stability in the Subregion

Preamble The declaration by the Constitutional Council of Senegal, a country considered to be one of the stable democracies in Africa, that the postponement of the presidential election by President Macky Sall was illegal reflects how political processes have been impugned on the continent. According to reports, the president had issued a decree to postpone …

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Humanitarian Challenges in Gaza and Its Implications for Global Peace

Preamble The resurgence of hostilities in the Middle-East was triggered by the attack on Israel, which was perpetrated by members of the Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiya (Islamic Resistant Movement – Hamas) on October 7, 2023. The perpetrators had invaded some Israeli communities located in the southern border that was adjoining Gaza. During the attacks, there were …

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Military Coups and The Question of Governance in Africa

Preamble The recent spate of military coups in Africa has again brought the lingering question of governance into fresh perspectives with a total number of 9 coups recorded in the Sahel, West and Central Africa in just about 3 years. Perhaps, what is more worrisome is the perception that the masses seem to endorse the …

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Sudan’s Political Crises and the Evacuation Dynamics of Civilians in Conflict Contexts

Preamble The eruption of violence on April 15, 2023, in Sudan between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) has resulted in dire humanitarian crises with reports of about 600 civilian fatalities and more than 5,000 injured persons within the first three weeks of the conflicts. A June 2023 report of …

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Technology and Nigeria’s 2023 Electoral Politics

Preamble Nigeria’s current electoral cycle drew global attention on February 25 as citizens of the continent’s most populous nation went to the polls with much enthusiasm in order to determine the fate of the country for the next four years; by electing the 5th president and members of the 10th National Assembly since the return …

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Of Female Body Policing through Religion in Iran

Preamble On September 16, 2022, the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while in police custody drew the attention of the world to Tehran, Iran’s capital. The incident sparked demonstrations across the nation as people marched in the streets to protest against police brutality and state suppression. Mahsa had been a victim of body-policing three days …

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The Global Challenge of Inflation from the African Lens

Preamble The United Nations Global Crisis Response Group on food, energy and finance systems (GCRG) in its June 2022 brief noted that about 1.6bn people across 94 countries are vulnerable to an aspect of global food, energy and financial crises; out of which 1.2bn are reported to live in geographies that are severely vulnerable to …

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Africa and Global Far-Right Politics

Preamble The recent rise in the legitimacy of far-right inclined movements within several national polities has impacted the landscape of political dynamics across different regions of the world. The increase in the support base for National Rally’s Marine Le Pen during the past presidential elections in France is evidence that even the most acclaimed republican …

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Rehumanising our Globe as a Sustainable Solution to the Russia-Ukraine Crisis

Preamble The declaration of a peacekeeping mission by the Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 22, to honour the agreement between his country and the secessionist regions in Eastern Ukraine – Donetsk and Luhansk, confirmed the earlier intelligence reports from the United States (US) and its Western Allies to the UN Security Council (UNSC) about …

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Taliban 2.0 and the Search for Legitimacy in Global Politics

Preamble The call by the Taliban-appointed interim Prime Minister of Afghanistan, Mullah Mohammed Hassan Akhund, on the international community to rescind their decision on the withdrwal of aids in order to assuage the sufferings of the Afghan people reiterated the need for collaborative efforts towards averting the looming humanitarian crises in his country. The end …

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