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AfDB banks on the future

As the AfdB flag is raised over Abidjan outgoing president Kaberuka (centre) wonders who will continue his legacy. Photo©SIA KAMBOU/AFPThe African Development Bank (AfDB) will choose its new leader to replace Donald Kaberuka in May. The Africa Report profiles the candidates who want to take the continental institution on paths of continuity or change.

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Writing, an act of resistance

In his new book, the gay Moroccan author explores how a society famed for its freedom still harbours prejudice.

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Insurance: Future is micro and mobile

Planning your own funeral from an aubergine field has never been easier. Photo©SEYLLOU DIALLO/AFPTelecoms companies are redefining Africa's insurance landscape, using their brand recognition and wide customer reach to offer micro-insurance products to the tens of millions of uninsured Africans.

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United Nations on racism and marginalisation against people of African descent

Sam Kahamba Kutesa, President of the United Nations General Assembly’s sixty-ninth session. Photo©Africa Section/Paddy IlosThe transatlantic slave trade and colonialism led to the scattering of people of African descent throughout the world. They continue to be marginalised and discriminated against to this day. In an exclusive interview, the United Nations President of the 69thGeneral Assembly, Uganda's Sam Kutesa, explains why the global body is so concerned about discrimination against people of African descent and its recent decision to dedicate a whole decade to them. 2015-2024 is the International Decade for People of African Descent.

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Powerful state - disciplined market

The upswing in Nigeria tech companies has taken some by surprise. With Konga, Dealdey, iROKOtv and Computer Warehouse Group, the tech space now boasts serious players. And, so the standard thinking goes, they have not relied on government to get there.

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Post-election DRC: expecting change or more of the same?

Although their expectations have not been met in the past, the desperate citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will hope against all hope that the 2016 elections will usher in long-awaited change for the better.

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