AfriSpeak Blog

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.

February 20, 2017

Five barriers to prosperity in Africa: Unchaining the economy through economic freedom

“The African state is today, the most demonized social Institution in Africa, vilified for its weakness, its over-extension, its interference with the smooth functioning of markets, […]
February 9, 2017

A dismembering of the Union – the case of Morocco

The African Union (AU) is built on the core principle of unity. This is reflected in the founding name of the institution, the Organisation of African […]
January 19, 2017

ECOWAS- Upholding Constitutionalism

Democratic constitutionalism demands for periodic transition, whether by virtue of the ballot or by the term limits. The premise being that constitutions that govern democratic countries […]
December 19, 2016

Ghana Election Q & A

Elections were originally scheduled for November 7 then were rescheduled for December 7, apparently parliament rejected the Nov 7 date. Why did they reject this date? […]
November 9, 2016

The decline of South Africa’s Dominant Party System and how to overcome the coalition trend in 2019

Now that the voting, the count and the negotiations have come to an end the time has come to reflect on the political developments that have […]
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 […]
July 15, 2016

Would African democracies be stronger if they developed before democratising?

In neo-colonial Africa -and arguably all over the world as time has passed- democracy is often portrayed as the ultimate remedy to socio-economic cleavages. In societies […]