Africa Blog Roundup: Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Chad, Niger, and More

As the civil war continues in Cote d’Ivoire, a number of bloggers are offering helpful perspectives on life during conflict.

  • Andrew Harding of the BBC continues to write vivid reports from Abidjan. In this post, he compares the city – chillingly – to Mogadishu. 
  • Christian Science Monitor‘s Scott Baldauf profiles an Abidjan hospital struggling to cope with wounded arrivals.
  • At Reuters, Mark John reflects on the “role reversal [between Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara] which, even by the standards of recent Ivorian history, defies belief.”
  • A Bombastic Element flags some American conservatives’ support for Gbagbo.

Inside Islam looks at shari’a in Nigeria.

The State Department details efforts to fight malnutrition in Chad and Niger.

The official results of Djibouti’s Friday elections are giving incumbent President Ismail Omar Guelleh around 80% of the vote.

And finally, here are some updates on Nigeria’s elections. Citizens in most parts of the country cast their votes in legislative elections yesterday. A few bombings and other incidents of violence occurred.

  • CNN discusses some of the violence, including bombings in Maiduguri, the base of Boko Haram.
  • VOA reports on the vote counting.
  • Maggie Fick blogs from Jos.
  • Al Jazeera has a video report, embedded below.

6 thoughts on “Africa Blog Roundup: Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Chad, Niger, and More

  1. Nothing on Libya? This is the last piece. Gadhafi will survive this and probably pass the power to Seif El Islam for another 40 years at minimum.

    Libye: le régime de Kadhafi accepte la ‘ feuille de route ‘ de l’UA

    Tripoli – Le pouvoir du leader libyen Mouammar Kadhafi a accepté la “feuille de route” proposée par l’Union Africaine (UA) afin de trouver une issue pacifique au conflit en Libye, a déclaré dimanche le président sud-africain Jacob Zuma.

    “La délégation de Kadhafi a accepté la feuille de route proposée par l’UA”, a déclaré le président dans une brève déclaration aux journalistes à Tripoli. “La solution proposée va être détaillée dans un communiqué”, a-t-il ajouté, sans préciser quand ce communiqué allait être rendu public.

    M. Zuma a expliqué que d’autres “obligations” l’obligeaient à quitter la Libye dès dimanche soir. En revanche, a-t-il ajouté, les autres membres de la délégation devaient passer la nuit à Tripoli et se rendre lundi à Benghazi, bastion des rebelles libyens à 1.000 kilomètres à l’est de Tripoli, pour tenter de convaincre l’insurrection de déposer les armes.

    L’entreprise s’annonce délicate, les chefs de la rébellion ayant rejeté tout cessez-le-feu impliquant le maintien au pouvoir de M. Kadhafi ou de ses fils.

    Outre Jacob Zuma, la délégation de l’UA est composée de ses homologues Amadou Toumani Touré (Mali), Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz (Mauritanie) et Denis Sassou Nguesso (Congo), ainsi que du ministre ougandais des Affaires étrangères, Henry Oryem Okello.

    Réunis samedi à Nouakchott, les médiateurs avaient réaffirmé les objectifs de leur mission: “cessation immédiate de toutes les hostilités”, acheminement de l’aide humanitaire et ouverture d’un dialogue entre le régime et l’insurrection.


    • Thanks for posting this. I’ve been reading about Libya, but I haven’t been posting about it much – been leaving it to North Africa folks. But maybe I should do another piece on Qadhafi and the AU.

      • It certainly is interesting. Obviously as an American ill-disposed to Qaddafi I have a clear bias but I still have to express my irritation with the AU*. I had hoped they were starting a new trend with the condemnation of Eritrea a few years ago.

        *Pointless National Unity governments that Zimbabwe’s already proved are useless and the fact that U.N and French forces were far more useful in the Ivory Coast than the AU was at all.

    • Hi Joop, it actually hasn’t come up before. Do you want to send me an email at alexseminal at and we can talk about it further?

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