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How Can Africa Master the Digital Revolution?

By Calestous Juma Digital connectivity has the potential to do for Africa what railroads did for Western economies in the 19th century. The digital revolution is not just about communication. It is about recognizing that [...]

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Uncovering Hidden Investment Opportunities in Africa

Private equity is set to grow rapidly across Africa. Continent-wide demand for capital should increase by 8 percent a year between now and 2018. Annual growth could reach 20 percent in resource-rich Angola and nine [...]

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Lions Go Global: Deepening Africa’s Ties to the United States

Lions go global report. Photo credit: mckinsey.com Africa is the world’s second-fastest growing economic region, yet US engagement with the continent is lagging. There’s an opportunity to change that. The White House has invited some [...]

Microsoft Calls THIS The Reason Nigerian Scammers Openly Say They’re From Nigeria

Yep. You read right. If you’re Nigerian, you’re probably scratching your head in confusion because it doesn’t seem like much of a big deal. But according to Microsoft Researcher Cormac Herley, it is something worth [...]

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For the Malawian Ambassador, 50 Years of Independence is Personal

This week, Malawi celebrates 50 years of independence from Britain. In Lilongwe, President Mutharika marked the occasion with a large-scale prisoner release followed by prayer, military parade, dancing, and football. Steve Matenje’s earliest memories are [...]

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This U.S. Teen Hunts Endangered Game In Africa, and Now Thousands Want Her Banned From Facebook (Warning: Graphic Images)

A petition is making rounds online. Its goal? To have 19-year-old hunter and conservationist Kendall Jones banned from Facebook. Jones has been hunting across Africa in countries like South Africa and Zimbabwe since she was [...]

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After Chibok, Nigeria Will Still Need Education

The Boko Haram kidnapping of 276 girls from the Chibok boarding school in northern Nigeria on April 17th has generated more media attention than any single atrocity in recent African history. Yet long after the [...]

A Biracial Woman Comes Face-to-Face With Racists, and You Won’t Believe What Happened

When biracial television reporter Mo Asumang began receiving harsh criticism from neo-Nazis and members of the Aryan community, she decided to do what any fearless professional journalist would: confront them. In an interview with the [...]

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Can Africa’s New Number One (Nigeria) and Number Two (South Africa) Play Nice?

Nigeria is Africa’s new number one. As if in line at McDonalds, Nigeria supersized its meal and got the winning monopoly piece on its French fries. The winning billions made Nigeria the continent’s biggest economy [...]

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Targeting Fuel Subsidies to the Poor

When times are tough in poor countries, experts and government officials scramble to ensure the poor survive. In the past most poor countries used subsidies, as a recent Economist article highlighted. Sub-Saharan Africa is no [...]