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Africa’s growing activism: Taking down the autocrats, one at a time

By 'Tofe Ayeni
Posted on Monday, 5 April 2021 13:01

Sudan protests
A Sudanese woman celebrates in the streets of Khartoum after ruling generals and protest leaders announced they have reached an agreement on the disputed issue of a new governing body on Friday, July 6, 2019. (AP Photo)

Some politicians on the continent can seem eternal. But from the #EndSARS movement, to the Arab Spring, to Bobi Wine, there is an endless drive for change, too. Africa has a long history of protests and activism in support of better governance, fairer economic systems and development.

Tunisia kicked off a decade of revolutions in Africa in December 2010, with its ‘Jasmine Revolution’ that resulted in the end of the regime of President Zine al-Abidine at the beginning of 2011. Events in Tunisia were a catalyst for the Arab Spring.

Ten years later, ordinary African citizens, particularly the youth, continue to push for change in the archaic political climates of the various countries, attempting to take down Africa’s autocrats one at a time.