Advancing Democratic Principles In Africa

AfriSpeak launched in April 2015, is a blog, which provides a platform for information sharing and discussions for those individuals interested in entrenching democratic principles in Africa. All areas of democracy (Africa’s democracy) applicable to Africa are covered, both international (global and continental) and national. Those encouraged to make submissions include students, researchers, international and national civil servants, civic society, political commentators and politicians, including anyone with a keen interest in discourse on African democracy. AfriSpeak encourages information sharing amongst Africans, diaspora, and anyone else who is interested in democratic values.

The aim of AfriSpeak is to contribute towards strengthening Africa. As a blog, the strength of the platform will be the immediacy of interaction and the strengthening of democratic principles across a wide geographical area and strengthen the role played by initiatives such as academic journals, books, professional organizations, think tanks and the like.

August 24, 2015

Is Africa ready to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC)

The ICC was formed after the 2nd World War following the infamous atrocities and crimes against humanity committed by Adolf Hitler, Mussolini and Milosevic in Europe. […]
August 19, 2015

Defying court orders: An anti-democratic practice that is affecting Africa

One of the biggest threats to democracy in Africa has been the flouting or defying of court orders by government officials and politicians. It has become a culture […]
August 4, 2015

The Role of the Youth and Elderly in Africa’s Governance

Africa continues to be bedevilled by a myriad of governance issues emanating from poor leadership across most parts of the continent. From the people at the […]
July 1, 2015

Africa Rising: Let’s not mistake hype for reality and hopes for achievement

        Tatenda Chinondidyachii Mashanda Is a Politics and International Affairs student at Wake Forest University. He can be reached at or twitter […]
April 23, 2015

The dilemma of an African immigrant

Trust Matsilele is a political analyst and campaign strategist with over seven years’ experience. He has consulted for political parties in Senegal, Zimbabwe and Malawi on […]
November 9, 2016

Mandela’s voice featured in 2016 South African elections: a democracy with a lost legacy?

“Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.” This quotation from Nelson […]
November 9, 2016

Ordinary citizens in Africa, are bearers of their own democracy

The African National Congress (ANC) came to power in 1994; to lead the first democratic dispensation in South Africa. But in just a matter of two […]
September 28, 2016

Zimbabwe’s Strange Turn Against The Tide.

Recent developments and protests in Zimbabwe are a rare occurrence and were not expected to say the least. The government became comfortable in its shortcomings. The […]
July 20, 2016

Uganda – President Museveni buying loyalty of newly elected MPs

Uganda’s elections concluded a few months ago, and yet political tempers remain high. Most obvious and perturbing is the continued state-led repression of the opposition, including most recently […]