In Depth

Tue,21Oct2014

In Depth

Nigeria's Christian Zionists

File photo©ReutersIsrael's violence against Palestine provokes few questions amongst nigerian believers.

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Angola's economy grows, but what about the poor?

Angola's capital, Luanda. Photo©reutersAlthough Angola's economy grew by 5.1 percent in 2013, making the Southern African country one of the world's fastest growing economies, ordinary Angolans have seen little change in their standard of living.

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Five inconvenient truths that Ebola reveals

The Nigerian pastor T.B. Joshua is reported to have sent 4,000 bottles of his patented holy anointed water to Sierra LeoneWe must turn this Ebola crisis into an opportunity to answer some hard questions about our societies and our healthcare systems, writes Chikwe Ihekweazu, a Nigerian infectious disease epidemiologist.

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MegaChurches and Nigeria's economy

Worshippers, dressed in traditional attires, attend a church service at the Living Faith Church, also known as the Winners' Chapel, in Ota district, Ogun state, some 60 km (37 miles) outside Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos September 28, 2014. Photo©Reuters/Akintunde AkinleyeWhen a guesthouse belonging to one of Nigeria's leading Christian pastors collapsed last month, killing 115 mostly South African pilgrims, attention focused on the multimillion-dollar "megachurches" that form a huge, untaxed sector of Africa's top economy.

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Chinese Yuan and US dollar compete in African markets

A number of African central banks are applying to the Chinese Central Bank for currency swaps, with Zimbabwe and Ghana already using the RMB as part of their reserve currency. Nigeria could also shift more of its foreign reserves into Chinese yuan from dollars as the RMB gains greater traction in global trade.

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South Sudan frustrates regional development

Political experts say the current conflict is part of a political tug of war between President Salva Kiir (R) and his former deputy Riek Machar (L). Photo©ReutersSouth Sudan's strategic importance in East Africa has added a sense of urgency to regional efforts to end the ongoing conflict. There are growing fears that the war could put joint infrastructural projects at risk.

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