Africa Blog

June 27, 2017

Teklemariam Bekit

 SFL SUCCESS STORY: Teklemariam Bekit  SFL Africa A successful effort in getting SFL on the map in Eritrea Teklemariam Bekit is a Member of the African Executive Board at Students for Liberty. He is the founder of Eritrean Students for Liberty which he formed in 2015 to reach out to the Eritrean and Ethiopian Refugees and Immigrants living in Kenya. On June 24, 2017 Bekit hosted a full day seminar on Liberty & Free Society from the Eritrean Perspective. The Seminar was hosted at the Tangaza University, Nairobi Kenya and attracted 42 participants from the Eritrean, Kenyan and the South Sudanese communities. Presentations were made on Freedom and the Role of Government, The Institution of a Free Society and Toleration by various speakers among them Teklemariam […]
June 21, 2017

Linda Kavuka to Speak at Great Lakes Trade Summit

Students For Liberty Leader Linda Kavuka will be speaking at the Great Lakes Trade Summit, on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kampala. She sits on the Executive Board of African Students for Liberty, Kenya. The summit is held from July 13th-15th 2017 and will explore the opportunities to enrich the region through freer trade as a means of poverty alleviation, conflict resolution and social justice. At a time when open markets and free trade are being challenged the world over, this summit creates an opportunity for those who believe in freedom to organise and fight back, advancing those ideas that have delivered so much prosperity to so many around the world. Linda will offer a unique perspective from the next generation of leaders, speaking alongside […]
June 16, 2017

Africa Needs You! Become an Advocate for Liberty

Do you believe in a freer future for Africa? Are you passionate about liberty and want to learn about free markets and the ideas of a free society? If you answered yes to all the questions above, this is for you! It is without doubt that, in Africa, the concept of liberty has a long way to go. Students For Liberty, in line with our mission to develop and empower the next generation of leaders of liberty, has been working on several projects to educate and intellectually empower future leaders of liberty in Africa, and across the world on issues pertaining to individual rights, free speech, entrepreneurship, as well as policy-making ‒ to mention just a few. The SFL Academy project brings these resources together […]
June 13, 2017

Peace in The Gambia Needs More than Booths

By Mustapha Kah & Alieu Bangura 13 June 2017 The recent expansion of the mandate of the Economic Community of West African States Military Intervention better known as ECOMIG comes at a controversial and sensitive moment in The Gambia. The expansion was announced a day following clashes between the international forces and the supporters of ousted former President Jammeh in his home village, Kanilai. The message from this mandate expansion is clear- The Gambia’s security situation is still delicate and needs international support to sustain. Kanilai is located in the perimeter between The Gambia and Southern Senegal, where separatists have been belligerent against the Senegalese Government for many decades. The ECOMIG troops were sent to The Gambia following December 1st 2016 elections in which Jammeh […]
June 12, 2017

The Need for Digital and Internet Freedom in Africa

By Nathaniel Luz 12 June 2017 We’ve been witnesses to frequent government shutdown of the internet in several parts of Africa in recent years. Earlier this year, it was Cameroon, and just recently, Ethiopia. It is however necessary to remind one another as well as relevant authorities that Internet Freedom is a fundamental human right, and should not be hindered or denied for any reason whatsoever. One major benefit of the internet is decentralization. The social media has decentralized communication and made communicating across the globe much easier, cheaper and quality. The internet has increased opportu­nities to create, obtain and share knowledge globally at such an amazing speed, propelling innovation and development and helping many young entrepreneurs to market and trade across conventional barriers. Several […]
June 12, 2017

Can Ethiopia’s Planned Economy Stand the Test of Time?

By Ibrahim B. Anoba 12 June 2017 Earlier this month, the World Bank reported that Ethiopia would be the most expansive economy in Africa for the year 2017.  This forecast is because of its steady economic growth average of 10.8 percent since 2005 – one of the highest in the world. But despite its commendable progress, a high tax rate and continued state monopoly in key sectors might compromise its ability to sustain the economic momentum. Among emerging African economies, Ethiopia is prominent for its state dominated system. A 2016 Heritage Foundation report ranks it among the mostly unfree economies on the continent (142nd in the world), only surpassing the likes of Chad, Eritrea and Sierra Leone. This is relatively due to the numerous legislations […]
June 10, 2017

Africa: May 2017 Update

SFL Africa MAY 2017 UPDATE Liberty & Entrepreneurship Seminar attracts over 600 in College ASFL-Nigeria in collaboration with the Student Union Government of the Oyo State College Of Agriculture and Technology organized a Liberty and Entrepreneurship Seminar on the 5th of May. The seminar was to enlighten students of the institution about the importance and benefits of a free society, and how government policies affects entrepreneurial and business activities. The event had over 600 participants and there was also music and stage performances by students of the institution.   Campus Caravan of Liberty goes to Egerton University The ASFL-Kenya Campus Caravan on Issue Based Political Dialogue hosted a forum at the Main Campus of Egerton University on the 6th of May. This is the 7th […]
June 6, 2017

Freedom of Speech Under Attack in the University of Ibadan

By Leonard O’weide 6 June 2017 It is rather unfortunate that the University of Ibadan, adjudged as the “first and best” in Nigeria doesn’t give room for freedom of speech in its academic environment. According to reports gathered from the University, it has been observed that the Vice Chancellor is intolerant of opposing or divergent views and finds a way to punish students who speak against him, either by rustication or expulsion. There is a case of a Kingsley Chimenerem, a 100 level student in the faculty of science who wrote his opinion about the Vice Chancellor and the school administration on Facebook and was expelled from the institution despite plea from several individuals. This is an authoritarian crack down on freedom of speech which shouldn’t […]
May 22, 2017

Ibrahim Anoba: A Libertarian Thought on Individualism and African Morality

By Ibrahim Anoba 22 May 2017 The individual in African philosophy mostly existed as a reflection of his community. He was seen as a product of his tribe less than he was an independent being. His birth and death were to satisfy the wishes of the gods on earth. Like many tribes in Africa, several cultures according to history put the individual as a unique creation with the purpose of happiness and self-realization. In traditional Africa, it was best that the individual remained a social being. This view of man as a societal element primarily applied to his identification as a member of a united community in pursuant of collective prosperity with regards for his individual happiness. However, the expansion of groups during territorial wars […]
May 20, 2017

In Memoriam:
Kelvin Onchari

Today, African Students For Liberty says goodbye to a great leader. Rest in peace, Kelvin. #SFLove  
May 9, 2017

Victoria Ibiwoye

 SFL SUCCESS STORY: Victoria Ibiwoye SFL Africa Educating and empowering young leaders in Africa Victoria Ibiwoye is a former ASFL Local Coordinator from Nigeria. She is the founder of One African Child, a non-profit initiative founded primarily to aide children on the African soil to realise their true identity and their place in society. The organization’s mission is to educate and empower young African Leaders. The organization executes community projects that seek to educate and transform the lives of children. Victoria recently represented One African Child at the UNESCO NGO Forum 2017 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia which was a summit on education. View Other SFL Success Stories If you want to support students like Victoria, please invest in liberty today. It is tax-deductible and will change […]
May 8, 2017


ASFL – Kenya Campus Caravan of Liberty visits 3 more universities The Campus Caravan on issue based political dialogue in Kenya visited 3 more universities in April. Forums wereheld at Mount Kenya University, Main Campus (on 8th April), Scott University, Machakos (on 22nd April) and University of Nairobi, MSA Campus (on 29th April). The caravan endeavors to contribute to the creation of a society based on issues and not tribal politics as is the current situation in Kenya.   University of Ghana Liberty Forum The campus liberty train project, with support from Atlas Network organized a liberty forum at the University of Ghana on the 9th of April with 32 participants. This is the second university that will be visited under this project. The aim […]