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What to expect as 84 million Nigerians go to the polls

By Olayinka Ajala, University of York Nigerians go to the polls on February 16 in the first of two sets of elections to choose the president, national assembly and state legislators. Olayinka Ajala sets the scene for Africa’s largest democratic undertaking and highlights the main logistical and political challenges that…

President Muhammadu Buhari attends a campaign rally ahead of the 16 February elections. EPA-EFE/Stringer

Nigeria has a history of dodgy elections: will it be different this time?

By Ini Dele-Adedeji, SOAS, University of London Nigeria is preparing for its general election. But will it be credible? Nigerian voters are well aware that the elections will not be won solely by votes or popular consensus. There are several other variables that influence election results. These include the incumbent’s…

French president Emmanuel Macron with Nollywood artists during a live show in Lagos, Nigeria. EPA-EFE/Ludovic Marin

Nigeria is punching below its weight despite massive soft power capacity

By Oluwaseun Tella, University of Johannesburg The increasing use of soft power in foreign policy by great powers such as the US (prior to Donald Trump’s administration) and China has sparked interest among African policymakers and academics. Soft power is the opposite of coercive capability or hard power, such as…

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How to lose weight and keep it off – according to science

By Kevin Deighton, Leeds Beckett University Losing weight is often at the forefront of many people’s minds at the start of the year. But if weight loss was your goal for 2019, chances are that by now, you’ve probably already experienced some challenges. That’s because sticking to a strict calorie…

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Skipping breakfast may help you lose weight – what hunter gatherers can teach us

By Tim Spector, King's College London and Jeff Leach, King's College London Breakfast, we are told, is the most important meal of the day. Over the last 50 years, we have been bombarded with messages extolling the health benefits of processed cereals and porridge oats. We are told breakfast helps…

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s rise to power was not without challenges.

How change happened in Ethiopia: a review of how Abiy rose to power

By Yohannes Gedamu, Georgia Gwinnett College Last year was an historical one for Ethiopian politics. Most Ethiopians now feel hopeful about the prospect of peace and democratic progress. This is despite the fact that the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front – which has a long history of authoritarianism –…

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Why Nigeria needs a huge tobacco tax hike to curb smoking

By Laura Rossouw, University of Cape Town Cigarette sales in most African countries are going up all the time. But smoking rates are much lower than in high-income countries. Because of these comparatively lower smoking prevalence rates – combined with the urgent need to address infectious diseases – tobacco control…

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How to identify, understand and teach gifted children

By John Munro, Australian Catholic University This is a longer read at just under 2,000 words. Enjoy! The beginning of the 2019 school year will be a time of planning and crystal-gazing. Teachers will plan their instructional agenda in a general way. Students will think about another year at school.…

South African liberation struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. EPA-EFE/Jon Hrusha

Books paint contrasting pictures of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

By Keith Gottschalk, University of the Western Cape Writings on South African liberation struggle icon Winnie Mandela almost all fall into one of two categories – either hagiography or demonology. These two books - Truth, Lies and Alibis. A Winnie Mandela Story, by Fred Bridgland and Sisonke Msimang’s The Resurrection…