Nigerian ambassador Bankole Adeoye has had enough of the delays and lack of preparation for meetings of the African Union Peace and Security Council. He made this abundantly clear in a letter sent to his staff on 5 September.
By the end of next week, the names of the candidates of the two main parties competing in Nigeria's presidential election, the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party, will be known. Yet who will stand is still far from clear.
The reopening of the Ugandan-Rwandan border could lead to a trade corridor to Burundi. Neighbours and rivals in the Great Lakes are determined to put aside their differences to revive badly affected economies.
By participating in Mozambican operations, the Rwandan army, already busy in the Central African Republic and South Sudan, has become one of Kigali's key exports. President Paul Kagame relies on a structure geared to external operations, and on allies beyond Africa.
Under the watchful gaze of the Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari, his special envoy for the Lake Chad basin, Baba Gana Kingibe, is continuing to do his best to contain the instability in Chad, which could pose a threat to Nigeria's borders.
On the eve of the elections that will determine who runs the African Union for the next four years, Nigeria and Rwanda are expected to secure key roles.