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Tara O’Connor

Tara O’Connor

O’Connor is MD of the pan-African consulting firm Africa Risk Consulting. She is a University of Cape Town graduate and has spent 25 years assessing Africa’s political and business environment –

Brexit: Clowns to the left of me! Jokers to the right! Stuck . . .

19th February 2021 The most significant casualties of Brexit are the 112 000 British people who have lost their lives to Covid-19.  It was the greatest misfortune of all that they should have fallen prey to a deadly virus under a newly elected populist Prime Minister atop a government of Ministers who were selected... 

Of death, debt and democracy

11th December 2020 As the first year of the plague closes out, a second year threatens a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Africa has seen fewer infections and deaths, but the virus has had other lasting consequences. The effect on political stability has been acute in several countries, and acute and... 

Nigeria: things fall apart

30th October 2020 When I think of Nigeria at 60, I cannot shed the image of a waking giant tied down by a myriad of criss-crossed ropes, and at the end of each rope a member of Nigeria’s elite, too many of whom are corrupt, thieving and ineffectual politicians. As this important anniversary approached, the economy... 

Zambia’s Zuma moment

18th September 2020 Something in the stars must have misaligned in 2016 to set the political world off kilter and bring in its wake the wanton destruction that is populism. In the UK it brought Brexit, in the US it paved the way for Donald Trump, and Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil. In Zambia, the 2016 elections saw Edgar... 

A stubborn political quartet again risk it all

21st August 2020 Tara O’Connor and Leonard Mbulle-Nziege investigate Côte d’Ivoire’s critical October Presidential elections, in which the incumbent, Alassane Outtara, will be seeking a third term in office Its official: incumbent President Alassane Ouattara will stand for election for a third term in a move that... 

UK’s DFID is brought to heel as nationalism gains ground

17th July 2020 Poor Zambia. What did it do to deserve such unwanted attention to be misspoken of in such a manner – and in the so-called mother of all Parliaments?  UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in mid-June that the rock star department of British foreign policy, the Department for International... 

The beat goes on . . .

12th June 2020 As South Africans emerge blinking into the winter sunlight, they do so to a ‘new normal’, including an emerging new order. Great plagues throughout history have accelerated fundamental changes that have a long-lasting, often multigenerational, impact. One accelerator is the global tilt towards... 

What a difference a day makes . . .

1st May 2020 As we move into a fourth week of formal lockdown and as every day merges into the next and weeks roll into each other, only punctuated by a food box delivery, I am nevertheless struck daily by the speed at which Covid-19 has wrought havoc from east to west, north and south. Just over two months... 

The time to plan for Covid-19 was yesterday

20th March 2020 Just as the going was getting good again, Africa faces another triple whammy: the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), a fresh global economic crash and plummeting oil prices. The deadly Covid-19, which has been spreading throughout the world since its first outbreak in December in Wuhan, China,... 

Au revoir CFA franc, bonjour l’eco!

21st February 2020 As competition grows to gain influence across Africa, the most significant change to the traditional relationship between France and its former West African colonies will take place in June this year. The common currency, the Communauté Financière Africaine (CFA) franc, which has been in place... 

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