U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Ethiopia and Niger this week, as part of Washington’s efforts to step up bilateral engagement with countries on the continent. Still, Washington’s framing of the visit is unlikely to convince skeptical African governments that the U.S. is sincere about treating them as equal partners.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa named a new minister this week to tackle the country’s electricity crisis as part of a Cabinet shakeup ahead of general elections next year. But many regard it as a half-hearted measure that is unlikely to produce the tangible policy reforms they argue South Africa desperately needs.
Bola Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos and the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, was announced as the winner of the 2023 Nigerian presidential election. But while his rivals have rejected the result, many Nigerians are hoping Tinubu does a better job in tackling the country’s many challenges.