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Angola seeks to use oil to break away from oil

Plans in the pipeline include developing agriculture and telecoms. Photo©John Warden/Getty ImagesWhile the country's oil industry is slowing down it will finance the diversification of the economy.

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Angola's ruling party grapples with past skeletons

the exhuming of the May 1977 events could force contemporary Angolans to question their loyalty. Photo©SIPHIWE SIBEKO/REUTERSLara Pawson's book In the Name of the People examines a crisis in the MPLA's history to explore its relationship to the issues of race, class and governance.

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Angola's diplomatic dancing

Presidents Dos Santos and Zuma are not always in step. Photo©ELMOND JIYANE/ANGOLA GOVERNMENT/AFPPresident Santos left the diplomatic footwork at the UN General Assembly in September to deputy Manuel Vicente. Leader of his country's delegation, vice-president Vicente made the case for Angola's election to the Security Council by setting out an increasingly ambitious foreign policy.

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Culture:The beat goes on in Lagos, Nigeria

Afropolitan Vibes, the monthly roots music night at Freedom Park, where the palm wine flows. Photo©Andrew Esiebo/Panos-ReaWhether it's Fela, film or fiction, Nigeria's economic capital has a non-stop calendar of cultural events, but other cities have their offerings to the muses too.

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Finance: Building a Banking hub for Africa

The Mauritius Central Bank has helped financial firms comply with international banking rules©Fabien Dubessay/MAXPPPThe financial services sector is forging new partnerships and adapting its product offerings to help investors expand their activities throughout Africa.

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Manufacturing: Made in Mauritius

A friendly tax environment and government support is helping broaden the economic base in Mauritius. Photo©Patrick MavrosNo longer satisfied with merely canning tuna and spinning yarn, entrepreneurs are producing high-end goods ranging from watch parts to complex medical devices.

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Mauritius: Bruisers, Bankers and Business leaders

Paul Bérenger (1), Xavier-Luc Duval (2), Shalinee Valaydon (3)While the country's politicians have their eyes set on elections slated for 2015, its executives and athletes are looking further afield, to the rest of Africa and beyond.

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