Egypt’s unfortunate trajectory

April 10, 2023 Written by Jesse Moore As I've described before, Egypt could be doing better. The turbulence of Covid-19, the war in Ukraine's effect on food and energy prices, and the long-running mismanagement of the country all contribute to Cairo's woes. While the government secured a $3 billion IMF loan, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is courting... Continue Reading →

Kenya launches its first operational satellite

April 10, 2023 Written by Osetemega Iribiri On April 10, 2023, Kenya will join the list of African country that has launched operational space satellites. This milestone achievement for the country’s space industry will contribute to Kenya’s budding space economy. It also adds to Africa’s scientific innovation and development trajectory. The satellite is called Tafia-1... Continue Reading →

Nigeria’s Presidential Election Contested

Written by Osetemega Iribiri March 5, 2023 On Wednesday March 1st, Nigeria's Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the ruling APC, winner of the 2023 presidential elections. Constitutionally, the winner is expected to garner 25% of votes in at least twenty-four (24) states and the Federal Capital Territory Abuja. Tinubu got 25%... Continue Reading →

The Only Flower of the Arab Spring Has Died

Written by Jesse Moore The self-immolation of 26 year-old fruit vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi, in front of a government office set off the wave of pro-democracy protests called the Arab Spring that washed over North Africa and the Middle East. The protests initially showed promise by disrupting entrenched authoritarian regimes, eliciting high praise from Western leaders. Time, however, has shown... Continue Reading →

Morocco & Spain’s Reconciliation

Written by Jesse Moore February 11, 2023 Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and his Moroccan counterparty Aziz Akhannouch met on February 2nd in Rabat to further settle their nation’s disagreements. The two countries have longstanding disputes on Spanish enclaves in North Africa, Ceuta and Melilla, and migrants reaching Spain through Morocco. At the summit in... Continue Reading →

Algeria Enjoys a European Embrace

Written by Jesse Moore February 5, 2023 Energy-hungry Europeans are keeping an ineffective regime afloat. Despite recent rows with Spain and its dark colonial past with France, relations between Algeria and major European powers are on the mend. Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni visited with Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune last month, highlighting Algeria’s importance for... Continue Reading →

Scarcity, Protests, and the Many Intrigues Before Nigeria’s General Elections

Written by Osetemega Iribiri February 5, 2023 In November 2022, Nigeria's outgoing President, Muhammadu Buhari, unveiled the newly designed naira denominations of N1000, N500, and N200 introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, said significant cash withdrawals from financial institutions would be monitored and scrutinized. He affirmed that the... Continue Reading →

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