Ever since protests against Togo’s president, Faure Gnassingbe, broke out 11 months ago, international engagement—including from ECOWAS, the West African regional body—has been ineffective. But the stalemate may not last forever, and the coming weeks and months could bring opportunities for ECOWAS to redeem itself.
“Rafiki,” a film by the director Wanuri Kahiu that centers on a romance between two women, has brought global attention to Kenyan cinema. But officials have deemed it unfit for local audiences. A looming legal showdown is animating debate about freedom of expression and how the state uses and abuses its power.