Africa: Politics and Societies South of the Sahara

Namibia After 25 Years of Independence: Rich Country, Poor People

Posted in African Politics, Namibia by ruben eberlein on March 23, 2015

Read my interview with Henning Melber about 25 years of independence in Namibia. Melber came with his parents 1967 to South West Africa and supported the independence struggle in the country as a member of SWAPO. He is an early critic of SWAPO as a liberation movement in power. His latest book about the last two and a half decades in Namibia was published by Brandes & Apsel recently. Download the interview that appeared in the German daily Neues Deutschland as a pdf here (German).

Nigeria: Out of Control

Posted in African Politics, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on March 3, 2015

titel03_start-27aa41c0This text deals with the background of Boko Haram’s terror in Nigeria and neighbouring countries. It appeared in the current issue of Konkret magazine. I had a short interview with Murray Last who researches societies in Northern Nigeria for five decades now. “To be truthful, no one knows exactly what’s up either within Boko Haram or within the army. So there’s a mountain of speculation out there. If, as a journalist you wanted to visit Boko Haram, you’d not get far – they don’t want, nor need, such visitors, neither Nigerian ones nor foreigners”, he comments. You can download the article as pdf.

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