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Mbulle-Nziege Leonard




What makes you interesting?

I think the fact that I have lived in three different countries (Cameroon, South Africa and United States) for equal portions of my life has given me hybrid identity

  • Bio 

    I was born in Cameroon but moved to the United States where I stayed for just over a decade. I moved backed to Cameroon where I completed my A Levels. I have an MA in Development Studies from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth and commenced my doctoral studies in 2017. In addition to being a tutor in the politics department, I am a doctoral researcher with the Institute of Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa (IDCPPA). I am also involved with the UCT Basketball program whereby I act as a team coordinator and coach for the first teams.

  • Title and Summary of PhD Project 

    A Comparative Analysis of Modes of Democratic Transition and Democratic Consolidation in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Cote d’Ivoire from 1989-2016

    My research aims to explore why despite sharing a number of core similarities, the Francophone West African quartet of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Cote d’Ivoire have embarked on very different political trajectories since they reinstituted multiparty political systems in their various countries following the end of the Cold War

  • Publications 

  • What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

    Never ever forget to carry your ID card