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A new dictionary of African politics, published by Oxford University Press, tries to capture this richness by describing people, institutions and events by defining theoretical terms. More significant, the editors used social media to crowdsource the terminology of the kona, getting hundreds of responses.
There are two ways to talk about politics. One describes the dry mechanics of government. The language of bills and ballots, cabinets and coalitions, is similar the world over. The other is inventive, diverse and bleakly humorous—the idiom of the street, or what in Tanzania they call the kona (corner).