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Karim Okanla

is a media scholar and freelance writer from Benin.  

All articles of Karim Okanla

Military regimes


On 28 January, the military regimes of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger withdrew from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) with immediate effect. This has grave consequences for the entire region.

Francophone Africa

France has a serious image problem in Africa

The former colonial power is facing deep resentment. President Macron’s attempt to reset relations has failed

West Africa

Benin’s President Talon tightens his grip on power

ECOWAS and western diplomats pay more attention to democratic appearances than substance in Benin

Military coup

What pro-Russian protests mean in West Africa

Burkina Faso’s second military coup in eight months shows that the Sahelian security crisis is getting worse

Multiple crisis

ECOWAS adopts climate strategy

West Africa’s regional organisation responds to worsening climate impacts


Dangerous superstition

In Benin, faith-based entrepreneurs are misusing poor people’s situation

Blind in Benin

In Benin, the blind struggle to fend for themselves

Benin’s visually impaired people deserve support from government, NGOs and religious charities


It is hard to see how ECOWAS can escape stalemate

Because Mali’s military regime has postponed elections, ECOWAS has imposed sanctions.


Looting the state coffers

Benin faces continued official corruption despite the efforts of a special court

Child labour

Facing an uncertain future

Benin’s children face systematic exploitation as low-paid labourers

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