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About Africa at LSE

Launched on 6 June 2011, the Africa at LSE blog provides expert analysis and debate on African issues and Africa’s place in the world. The blog also showcases research produced by LSE academics.

The Africa at LSE blog is part of the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa which was launched in 2016. The Centre is the culmination of a long relationship between LSE and the African continent that stretches back over a century.

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We are also on social media:

@AfricaAtLSE on Twitter

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We welcome submissions from academics and researchers working in social sciences all over the world, in particular those based on the African continent. If you wish to contribute to the blog, please request editorial guidelines from the editor via email:

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About the editor


I was appointed editor of Africa at LSE in May 2011. My name is Syerramia Willoughby and I joined the School after over ten years in journalism, largely for the BBC. I grew up in Sierra Leone, West Africa and in recent years, I spent a five-month career break in the country of my mother, Ghana.

You can contact me on or follow me on twitter at @AfricaAtLSE.

 Note for potential commenters on blogs

We welcome comments on all blogs and will accept any reasonable or constructive comment that contributes to debate, including strong criticisms – so feel free to say what you want within reason.  We operate a propriety filter, so comments are routed to the editorial team and not posted for public view until they have been checked. There will be a brief delay in posting overnight, at weekends and when we are very busy. Please note that we operate our comments system under the following guidelines:

  • Email Privacy: Email addresses are required for commenting, and they are not published on the blog, nor shared. They may be used by the blog committee to privately contact the commenter.
  • Language and Manners: This blog is for a wide audience, and comments which include offensive or inappropriate language, or considered by the blog committee and to be rude and offensive, will be edited or deleted.
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  • A Comment is Conversation: A comment which does not add to the conversation, runs off on an inappropriate tangent, or kills the conversation may be edited, or deleted.
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