Nigeria | January 25, 2017

Peaceful Negotiations: Implications for the Release of Twenty-One Chibok Girls from Boko Haram Captivity

In April 2014, militant Islamist group Boko Haram abducted 276 schoolgirls from Chibok—a town in Borno State, northeastern Nigeria—making global news [1].  Widespread concern generated by the incident soon culminated in a global social media campaign, “Bring Back Our Girls,” with an accompanying Twitter hashtag, #BringBackOurGirls, that featured Tweets from notable world leaders and international […]

Young Nigerian refugee in Diffa, Niger.
A young refugee forced to flee from Damassak, Nigeria to Diffa, Niger due to Boko Haram attacks.
Special Issue: Ghana's 2016 Elections- Restoring Hope in Democracy? | January 12, 2017

Consolidating Democracy in Ghana: An Overview

A few days after the December 2016 elections in Ghana, a cartoon appeared in Uganda’s Sunday Monitor depicting a civics lesson in a classroom where the teacher asked the question: What is democracy? The response from the pupils was “Ghana.” This satirical take by a Uganda-based  newspaper on the December elections was one of numerous […]

Photo credit to C.C. Chapman, Flickr User C.C. Chapman. Taken on April 26, 2012 in Accra, Ghana. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. No changes were made. Original photo. https://www.flickr.com/photos/cc_chapman/6982176752/in/photolist-bCZtTN-iQ6Gk-5a7sWc-ggyYAX-ggyRWp-5AFpBp-fSBbQC-58dJYH-fQaoim-9smLn8-fSCii5-fQqv2p-bWWtST-m3RGw-5AKwtJ-5JvL9C-b8dBWz-9spL4s-fSCFBA-9pwDKB-fQoMpp-fPY9xR-b8dDqB-bWhahY-cE5WH3-ggz6WP-ggyzWD-ggACi6-bCZJjE-fQoJZS-kxPCjg-kxPXwn-kxPZrp-CHTV1-4SNAFx-eciYHN-5G5ZYX-4xwUeY-9ptCyq-ggB5zz-ggAVZP-ggCUr7-4ahvVJ-fQ1kaP-fYfjGX-fYfF1y-ggDTLM-fQ1zT2-fQ7cnv-bPYNTz
Ghana's independence square
Special Issue: Ghana's 2016 Elections- Restoring Hope in Democracy? | January 12, 2017

Ghana: Another Peaceful Alternation of Power

On December 7 2016, Ghana held its seventh national elections since the beginning of the Fourth Republic. [1]   In the run up to the elections two questions stood out prominently. First, will the Electoral Commission (EC) be neutral and fair? Second, will there be violence during and after the elections?  The first question did arise […]

Photo credit to Oluniyi Ajao , Flickr User Oluniyi Ajao. Taken on March 6, 2007 in Accra, Ghana. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. No changes were made. Original photo https://www.flickr.com/photos/niyyie/415604244/in/photolist-CJ5Eq-zu8rH6-ecjHSb-fQNbUB-5mpZHQ-koy42-kojP5-fQN93R-5G9dX4-bmaBQt-fQNd5P-2E4KRX-4SSJoy-knpjJ-bESu2L-bESwzW-2D7dBY-fYcGQT-irrTG-5FMQiV-fPZWXK-fSmeW-bCZRJ7-9B9FYp-9kcPbb-fYfzXN-fQhmhW-fPYhhv-bWhaz5-fQpsh8-jpaUA-jpuvA-ggGCTf-ggFWTe-ggGea2-ggGtTu-3NcD5-knpjE-fYg4SK-zvnbAF-rbn1U-fQqLBX-4ahwgC-9jyDuB-6xYKE8-5a7pv2-fYfmhb-fYcrLU-fYfRNW-427tQH
Ghana's 50th Independence Anniversary national parade. (Golden Jubilee)
Special Issue: Ghana's 2016 Elections- Restoring Hope in Democracy? | January 12, 2017

Assessing the Performance of the First Female Chairperson of Ghana’s Electoral Commission

Ghana’s recent presidential and parliamentary elections were presided over by the country’s first female chair of the Electoral Commission (EC). Mrs Charlotte Kesson-Smith Osei, a 45-year-old lawyer who chaired the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) before being  appointed in June 2015 to head the EC. Mrs Osei’s replaced  Dr  Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, who had chaired […]

Photo credit to BBC World Service , Flickr User BBC World Service. Taken on Taken on December 8, 2008. Kyebi, Ghana. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. No changes were made. Original photo. https://www.flickr.com/photos/bbcworldservice/3091867405/in/photolist-5HdCsH-5G9dX4-5GGm3D-5GGm6c-5FAPPV-5GahfN-8ujPsc-5GLCJN-5GkFrx-5GLCPd-5HNjVY-5GGmaT-5Gdvm9-5EgWk2-5GkFwB-5FF6tJ-5FF6sC-dzmuJ6-5GLCLL-5EkZSo-5EgHce-5GLCGL-5GLCQW-dAZpQN-5G5ZYX-5Gwutx-5FF6rw-5Gwuxz-5HhVPU-5HdCBP-5G5ZYz-5HhVR9-5Hg7Av-5FF6uL-5GAMJ7-5HdCwR-bCsc39-5HJ3ge-dnrQeV-dnrP23-5HhVS9-5GAMLo-5HW7fB-5GkFyg-5FF6y9-5GwusP-5HhVMs-5Gwuwk-5EkZYo-5HNjZY
Ghana's election on BBC
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