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Lingering anxiety over presidency

Nigeria. President Muhammadu Buhari is back in office after sick leave – but will he be fit to run in the 2019 election? Uncertainty over the president’s health is particularly sensitive, as it impinges on an informal agreement that the presidency should...

The industrialisation that never happened

Economic development. Without domestic refining industries, African countries are bound to serve and supply other countries’ industries with raw material. For most leaders on the continent, industrialisation has been a top priority since the early 1960s. However, despite...

Great books on Africa

NAI-series. Patience Mususa highlights a book that challenges the idea of all-knowing experts. “We don’t know everything. I think that is an important approach for all scholars”. Drinking from the Cosmic Gourd, How Amos Tutuola Can Change Our Minds by Francis B...

Wolf researcher joining NAI

Wildlife management. Through her work on interaction between wolves and humans in south-west Finland, Sanna Ojalammi learned how emotionally charged wildlife studies can be. As new researcher at NAI she returns to studying wildlife in Africa.

Trust in election process at a low

Kenya. NAI researcher Anders Sjögren doubts that a re-run of the presidential election can take place within 60 days, in accordance with the constitution. The trust in the election process is at a low, he says.

UNESCO project documenting liberation struggle

Digitization. It started with a conversation at a conference and ended up as a UNESCO project at the Nordic Africa Institute. In collaboration with UNESCO and the National Archives of Tanzania unique documents are digitized at the institute.

After 38 years, Angola will get a new president

Angola's presidential elections. The end of balloting on Wednesday, at 6 p.m. in most parts of the country, marked the end of nearly four decades with José Eduardo dos Santos in power. Preliminary election results are expected during Friday.

Terror attack in Burkina Faso's capital

Terrorism. Sunday’s terror act against a restaurant in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou, which claimed 20 human lives, bears resemblance with an attack by terror group Aqim in 2016, according to NAI researcher Cristiano Lanzano.

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