Angolas President João Lourenço, who took over from José Eduardo dos Santos in 2017, has only one year left before he faces upcoming general elections. In this series, we examine the strengths and weaknesses of this ambitious head of state with a Herculean task ahead of him.
As Ethiopia vows to fill the GERD for a second time this July, Egypt is no longer mincing its words when it comes to actions it is willing to take to mitigate any loss of access to the Nile. In this series, we examine the personalities of the leaders involved, the stakes for the Nile basin countries, and the way in which Egypt and Ethiopia alike have turned the issue into a matter of national survival.
The sudden death of Idriss Déby Itno, the man who managed to outwit earlier attempts on his life, was a shock to many. But more worrying now is what role Chad will have in this new era. Déby was key in managing N’Djamena's participation in the regional fight against Islamist terrorists. Will his absence open up the region to greater instability?
Beny Steinmetz, the discreet mining and real estate tycoon, friend of African and other international power brokers, and Israeli patriot convicted of bribery, is as multi-faceted as the diamonds he once traded. But who is the man behind the myth and what brought him to do business in Africa? Adapted from an exclusive interview with Steinmetz, our latest series offers insight into these questions.
In the space of a few years, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince – virtually unheard of prior to 2015 – has become one of the most powerful leaders in the Arab world. We trace the beginnings of his career and examines the unstoppable rise of Mohammed bin Salman.
As demand for gold skyrockets, artisanal mining and smuggling ramps up, financing conflict and corrupt politicians, risking human lives and destroying the environment. The Africa Report tracks the precious mineral on its journey from rebel-controlled areas to jewellery stores across the world.