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John McDermott

Chief Africa Correspondent for @TheEconomist

Joined on 5 February, 2008

http://www.economist.com

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Replying to @shurufu: Ms. @TheAmandaGorman was glorious.

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Ms. @TheAmandaGorman was glorious.

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A lot of love for Amanda Gorman on my feed from across the continent

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Replying to @MamadouSowICRC: Amanda Gorman. You are amazing! ❤️

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Replying to @MvembaDizolele: Amanda Gorman!

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Replying to @nthakoana: #InaugurationDay Amanda Gorman!

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Quoted @Wamagaisa

#AmandaGorman what a powerful performance! #Inauguration2021

Zimbabwe love

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Amanda Gorman. You are amazing! ❤️

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Amanda Gorman!

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Crooks > Brooks

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Quoted @JoeBavier

Exclusive: COVID-19 shots to cost $3 to $10 under African Union vaccine plan. Nice scoop from @DG_Lewis and @winning_alex

The global and pan-African vaccine response is, compared with past pandemics, remarkable, even if it is still not as fast and fair as one would like.

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Replying to @thomas_m_wilson: At this rate it will take years to vaccinate some populations, prolonging the pandemic: “The longer the virus is able…

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At this rate it will take years to vaccinate some populations, prolonging the pandemic: “The longer the virus is able to travel the world, the greater the risk of mutations and the greater the risk that the vaccines we do have will become ineffective”

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Is there an estimate of excess mortality for England & Wales in 2020?

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Our piece this week explaining the broader context to the Ugandan election... ⁦@liamtaylor100

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This is an important point by @davidpilling. Wine has played up his "ghetto president" image and journalists (myself and David included) have revelled in his pop-star background. But there is much more to him than that‚ as Museveni well knows.

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Quoted @eyderp

I just did an interview over the phone with @HEBobiwine. He says he is essentially under house arrest — with no one allowed in or out of his house. He says the government’s intent is to isolate him.

Museveni trying to intimidate, confine and silence Bobi Wine

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Short, fun piece this week on how new platforms are helping African animators and comic artists reach a global audience.

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Quoted @omar_degan

THREAD

In Africa there are 54 countries , each one of them with unique architecture and design that represent the cultural identity and history of the people.

54 days , 54 projects one for every African nation .

I’ll start with Morocco I’ll ended in western sahara.

Enjoy

My favourite thread of the year and it's only January

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Quoted @HEBobiwine

We are under siege. The military has jumped over the fence and has now taken control of our home

Replying to @JDevermont: This cannot stand. We need strong regional and international condemnation, including consequences for the Museveni regime.…

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This cannot stand. We need strong regional and international condemnation, including consequences for the Museveni regime.

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Quoted @Fromagehomme

The criminalisation of the opposition in Africa. In honour of the bravery of Bobi Wine, Tundu Lissu & Hopewell Chin’ono I look at the growing harassment and arrest of gov’t critics and the use of “lawfare” to keep dictators in power. @TheAfricaReport

Excellent piece. Opposition parties growing in popularity and in their willingness to take their cases to the streets and courts. In response ruling regimes are cracking down.

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Just filed my last piece of the year.

Bloody knackered but I feel so lucky to do this job.

Among other things, in 2020 I’ve reported on:

— How African politics is becoming more competitive. Young people sick and tired of their ageing rulers (1/12)

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