Where are we? A controversy-ridden former first lady is running for president against a wealthy former ally and megalomaniac”

Yinka Adegoke, Quartz Africa editor:

It’s all very ironic because much of what’s happened in this very unusual US election season (unusual in recent American history) are familiar themes in Africa.

A controversy-ridden former first lady is running for president against a wealthy former ally and megalomaniac who accuses the other side of rigging the election before it happens. There’s much fear of his supporters rioting if results don’t go their way. There are also rumors that some people in certain regions won’t be allowed to vote. Meanwhile, the current president’s half-brother is complaining the president hasn’t done enough for his people (in a different country). If you’d pitched that script to a Hollywood producer about an imaginary African country it would get turned down for lazy stereotyping (well, it should).


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November 7, 2016 · culture · africa · quartz · Yinka Adegoke · elections · corruption · dysfunction

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