Only Mugabe (L) and Malawi's Kamuzu Banda (R) have managed to defy the odds and rule into their 90s. Banda nearly clocked 100.

Mugabe In The League Of Extraordinary Old Gentlemen: Will He Equal Malawi’s Kamuzu Banda?

Mugabe’s longevity is remarkable, considering that he has two agemates in Africa who left office long ago: Daniel arap Moi of Kenya and Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia were both born in 1924, like Mugabe.


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The ruins of a cell at Camp Boiro in Conakry, Guinea, where former secretary-general of the OAU Diallo Telli met his death. (Photo/ RFI)

After The AU Commission Chair Dust-Up: It Used To Be One Of Africa’s Most Dangerous Jobs

By virtue of the fact that the position was an international one that might require the holder to be at odds with the domestic politics of ones home country, several former secretaries-general met a depressing end.


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Sex Ratios In Africa: Where Women Outnumber Men, And Vice Versa, And Why It Matters

A country’s sex ratio (the ratio of men to women in the population) tell us something about its history, social fabric and economic make-up, if the top five countries on either side of the split in Africa are anything to do by.


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Inequality In Africa: Southern Africa’s ‘Enclave Economies’ Most Unequal

In Namibia and South Africa, the richest 10% are responsible for more than half (50%+) of total consumption in the economy – a huge gap by any standards. It’s a legacy of how capitalism was introduced into the region


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Amilcar Cabral, one of Africa's foremost anti-colonial thinkers, with Fidel Castro. (Photo/ Invent the Future)

On Fidel Castro’s Death, And ‘Small’ Cuba’s Outsized Influence In Africa

Cuba is a small island nation that has had a huge impact on post-colonial Africa, and possibly no other figure would have as towering an influence on Africa’s revolutionary imagination than Fidel Castro.