Gunning the Leviathans: undying presidencies, term limits, changing political culture and the mortification of dire political transition in Africa

John Sunday Ojo, Kazeem Lamidi

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    The focal narrative in the literature on government and politics in Africa is sheathed with the credence that the region has been governed by tyrants, despotic regimes and political intrigues, abetting political transitions in belligerent awareness as a result. This paper attempts to make a significant departure from this account by Interrogating the emerging political orders that deconstruct this primordial discourse on the African socio-political landscape. It argues that the locus of political transition has shifted from a long established political culture to a more mature democratic orientation. It demonstrates that some African nations have evolved from political pettiness to political adolescence. It concludes that the recent political transitions that took place in some African nations represent a different type of regime change that marks a momentous departure from the unwavering political culture previously present in Africa.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)102-124
    Number of pages23
    JournalAfSol Journal: Journal of African-Centered Solutions in Peace and Security
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 8 May 2020


    • democracy
    • political transition
    • political culture
    • democratization

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