Mariem Marouani is a research scholar and writer on board at Africa Agenda. Her academic interests include public opinion and media analysis of critical issues impacting politics and international relations. She is based at the University of Pavia in Italy. Mariem is ambitious and curious, with the aim of understanding the world around her. She loves reading and writing poems, cooking, and traveling.

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How the Swahili Language Can Lift Up the African Continent

After so many years of talk about its potential, the African continent is waking up to understand and appreciate the power of unity represented by a language.  The African Union (AU) officially adopted Kiswahili or Swahili as one of the official working languages of the African continent, the Assembly of Heads of State and Government…

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After Years of Conflict, Libya Struggles for Unity

An African Nation Contending with Two Governments Tensions in Libya have risen again with the appointment of a new Premier, Fathi Bashagha, by the Parliament in Tobruk. Bashagha is now contending for the position with Abdel Hamid Dbeibah, an UN-recognized leader. After the announcement, Bashagha went to Tripoli airport to deliver his inaugural speech as…

Often Misunderstood, an African Tradition Comes Alive at Benin Festival

January 2nd to 10th marked the fifth edition of the International Festival of Voodoo Culture, Arts, and Civilization that was held in the African nation of Benin. The theme of the Festival was: “Restoring Benin’s heritage. Research on the origin and transmission of knowledge in Porto-Novo’. The 2022 Festival was an opportunity to present to…

With the Goncourt Prize Win, Senegal’s Mbougar Sarr Sends a Message

  The prestigious 2021 Goncourt Prize has been won by Mohamed Mbougar Sarr, with his novel “La plus secrète mémoire des hommes”, or “The most secret memory of men.” The book was published in France by Philippe Rey. Mohamed Mbougar Sarr thus became the first writer from sub-Saharan Africa to receive France’s most prestigious literary prize.…

With Omicron the Stigmatization of Africa Grows

Just as the Omicron variant of COVID-19 or coronavirus began spreading, the United States and other Western governments imposed a travel ban on 8 Southern African nations: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi. South Africa, the region’s largest economy, and where the variant originated, suffered the most from the ban.  On…