Straight-shooting son of a gun
31 May 2016 05:54 (South Africa)
Africa

Gambia’s four-day work week: Maybe it’s not so crazy

  • Simon Allison
    AllsionBW
    Simon Allison

    Simon Allison covers Africa for the Daily Maverick, having cut his teeth reporting from Palestine, Somalia and revolutionary Egypt. He loves news and politics, the more convoluted the better. Despite his natural cynicism and occasionally despairing tone, he is an Afro-optimist, and can’t wait to witness and chronicle the continent’s swift development over the next few decades.

Gambia work week2-Simon Allisongvdw.jpg
Photo: Former Chadian leader Hissene Habre (C) is escorted in to stand trial at the Palais de Justice in Dakar, Senegal, 20 July 2015. EPA/STR

Habré’s historic conviction sends mixed messages to African dictators

By Simon Allison
Photo: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (2-R) meets with rescued girl Amina Ali Nkeki and baby (L) with Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State (C) at the presidential villa in Abuja, Nigeria, 19 May 2016. Amina Ali Nkeki was found in the Sambisa Forest near the border of Cameroon. Nigerian Military found her carrying a baby and with a suspected member of the Boko Haram Islamist group. 218 girls remain missing after their abduction from Chibok secondary school in north-east Nigeria in 2014. EPA/STRINGER

ICG: In Buhari’s Nigeria, Boko Haram is off balance but other troubles surge

By International Crisis Group
Photo: South African President Thabo Mbeki (R) chats with his Nigerian counterpart Olusegun Obasanjo at the start of the meeting between leaders of the Group of Eight and developing nations at the Akasaka State Guesthouse in Tokyo 20 July 2000. EPA PHOTO AP POOL/MICHEL EULER

African Peer Review Mechanism: Mbeki’s pet project on life support

By Carien du Plessis
Main photo: LISCR's office on 5th Street Sinkor District Monrovia, where mail for the more than 40,000 companies registered to 80 Broad Street is delivered. (Photo by George Turner)

amaBhungane: Liberia, America’s outpost of financial secrecy

By AMABHUNGANE
Photo: Ghana soccer fans during the FIFA World Cup 2010 group D preliminary round match between Ghana and Germany at the Soccer City stadium outside Johannesburg, South Africa, 23 June 2010. EPA/SRDJAN SUKI

Op-Ed: An African identity we all aspire to

By Nkateko Chauke
Photo: A slum dweller picks garbage at a dump site as goats roam around near the community field of Mathare slum, in Nairobi, Kenya, 22 May 2010. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

In Kenya, plastic is not fantastic

By Njeri Kimani
Photo: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (R) addresses the public from his car during his home coming celebrations road tour after he landed from the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague for his pretrial, at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya 9 October 2014. EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU

ISS TODAY: Where are all the women in Kenyan politics?

By ISS TODAY
Photo: Pope Francis meets President of the Central African Republic Faustin-Archange Touadéra (L) at the Vatican, 18 April 2016. EPA/ALESSANDRO BIANCHI / POOL

Central African Republic: Four priorities for the new president

By International Crisis Group
Photo: A South Sudan soldier stands guard in Mvolo County, Western Equatoria State, South Sudan, 14 January 2014. EPA/PHILLIP DHIL

ICG: Conflict in the Equatorias

By International Crisis Group
Main photo: Mourides, members of Senegal’s most prominent Sufi order. (Mark Weston)

On the Frontier of Islam: The Maverick Mystics of Senegal

By Mark Weston
Photo of Zambian rose by Coanri/Rita via Flickr.

Wake up, Zambia, smell the roses

By Greg Mills & Dickie Davis
Photo: Anti-riot police officers disperse protesters throwing rocks during a demonstration against Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, 23 May 2016. Opposition supporters staged a protest four weeks in a row against the country's electoral body in an attempt to push for the reforms ahead of the next year's general elections. EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU

Kenya: Pre-election violence turns fatal

By Njeri Kimani
Photo: A photograph made available 25 April 2015 shows the then president elect Muhammadu Buhari (L) meeting president Goodluck Jonathan (R) in Abuja, Nigeria 24 April 2015. EPA/STR

Nigeria’s Goodluck, bad luck story: Can President Buhari risk arresting his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan?

By Simon Allison
Photo: Somaliland President Ahmed Silanyo arrives at Lancaster House for the Somalia Conference in London, Britain, 23 February 2012. EPA/ANDY RAIN

Op-Ed: Somaliland at 25 – time for the world community to support peace in the Horn of Africa

By Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo
Photo: Pastor Ewan Mawarire (Twitter)

The simple genius of Zimbabwe’s #ThisFlag protest, and the man who started it

By Simon Allison
Photo: A general view of damaged vehicles outside of the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 18 January 2016. According to media reports at least 28 people from 18 nationalities were killed after Islamist militants attacked The Splendid Hotel, frequented by many westeners in Burkina Faso on the evening of 15 January 2016. EPA/WOUTER ELSEN

Analysis: No country in the Sahel and Maghreb is immune from Al-Qaeda contagion

By Ryan Cummings & Nick Piper
Photo: Joseph Kabila Kabange (R), President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, during a meeting with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (not pictured), in Kinshasa, 19 February 2015. EPA/MICHAEL KAPPELER

ISS Today: As Kabila eyes another term, the AU must speak up

By Stephanie Wolters
Photo: President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir (R), listens as the Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni (L), speaks during a joint press conference at the airport in Khartoum, Sudan, 16 September 2015. EPA/MORWAN AL

Op-Ed: Déjà vu for Africa – Bashir goes in and out of Uganda unscathed

By Angela Mudukuti
Photo of ‘Basetsana from Lesotho’ by Tobias Nawrath.

Living on the Margins: The migrant experience of Basotho in South Africa

By John Aerni-Flessner
Main photo: The President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe attends the opening of the 'Second United Nations Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries' in Vienna, Austria, 03 November 2014.  EPA/ROLAND SCHLAGER

Op-Ed: Reckoning nears for Mugabe’s Heirs

By Stuart Doran
Photo: Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda speaks during a panel session the first day of the 46th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, 20 January 2016. EPA/JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT

Reporter’s WEF Africa notebook: We need to talk about Kagame

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma of South Africa leaves the room after giving a press conference during the 19th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 15 July 2012. EPA/MARTIN DIXON

ISS: Replacing Dlamini-Zuma won’t be business as usual

By ISS TODAY
Photo by Jolene Bertoldi.

A Festival on Fire: The Phenomenon of AfrikaBurn

By Nadia Rosenthal
Photo: Abdirahman Mahdi, the Ogaden National Liberation Front’s (ONLF) foreign secretary and founding member. (Al Jazeera frame grab)

‘Ethiopia is Boiling’: Rebel group’s founder warns of new Arab Spring

By Martine Dennis
Photo by Cal Harding via Flickr.

Op-Ed: African countries must collect more taxes. But how?

By GARGEE GHOSH
Photo: A file photograph dated 01 August 2011 shows newly arrived refugees who had fled the famine-hit Somalia waiting in line at a reception at Ifo camp, one of three camps that make up sprawling Dadaab refugee camp in Dadaab, northeastern Kenya. Kenyan government announced on 06 May 2016 that it will close the country's two refugee camps, Dadaab and Kakuma, citing economic burden and security threats. The closure of the camps would displace some 600,000 refugees. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

Collateral Damage: The refugees caught up in Kenya’s cynical electioneering

By Simon Allison
Photo: Emmanuel Nnadozie (The Herald)

Brain Drain: Can Africa keep its best and brightest?

By Njeri Kimani
Photo: A file picture dated 17 January 2009 of a Zimbabwean holding the new 10 trillion (10,000,000,000,000) Zimbabwe dollar note in Harare, Zimbabwe. EPA/AARON UFUMELI

Analysis: The new Zimbabwean dollar that isn’t

By Simon Allison
All photos by Dr Mills.

Zambezi Protocol: African mining’s downward spiral can be reversed

By Greg Mills & Dickie Davis