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Fri,17Nov2017

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Big leaps from the platform: mobile money and Ushahidi

Photo©©SVEN TORFINN/PANOS-REAKenya's mobile-money transfer platform M-Pesa and crowdsourcing platform Ushahidi are two technology innovations that have put the East African country on the global technology map.

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Partnerships give chances to more students

Photo©Simon Leigh for The GuardianIt was Donald Kaberuka, former president of the African Development Bank, who told The Africa Report: "Nothing stops the transmission of poverty from one generation to another better than high-quality education."

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Culture: Soaraway success on a shoestring

Photo©©GLENNA GORDON/THE NEW YORK TIMES-REDUX-REAIt's the kind of success story you only see in films: a nascent industry founded in the 1980s has blossomed into a sophisticated multi-million-dollar empire employing more than a million people and contributing around 5% to Nigeria's economy. Now larger than Hollywood, Nollywood is second only to India's gigantic Bollywood film industry, in terms of the volume of films made per annum.

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Employment: Take these broken wings and learn to fly

Photo©MONIRUl BHUIYAN/AFPDon't say it too loud: government can run some businesses well, as long as it is done at arm's length. Ethiopian Airlines posted $148m in profit last year, eclipsing the combined $100m that all other public and private African carriers reported.

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How Nigeria's top tycoons made their fortunes

Between the politicians and the rich, there is considerable overlap. Running a political campaign is extraordinarily expensive in Nigeria, and many a senator is heard complaining, in private, about how much money is needed to buy a seat.

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Growth: After the crash, the fightback

Image©Francesca Capellini for TARSierra Leone, which earns 85% of its foreign exchange from mineral exports, has been devastated; economies as big as South Africa's and Nigeria's are also struggling. Now, leaders and activists are trying more nationalist tactics against the resource curse.

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Nigeria: Lagos, Maximum City

Lekki has risen up from the swamps in the past 10 years, perhaps the world’s fastest-growing urban corridor. Photo©George Osodi/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesThough it caters to the powerful and rich, Lagos will rise faster if it takes everyone along for the ride. Will new governor Ambode nudge the city down the right track?

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