In Depth

Mon,20Nov2017

In Depth

'The home of unicorns': Nigeria's Yabacon Valley shows startups the road to tech success

Coders learn from the pros at CC Hub’s CodeCamp, an immersive four-week course that ends in an internship. Photo by Co-Creation Hub

When Facebook-founder Mark Zuckerberg visited Lagos’s burgeoning tech and startup hub it confirmed what Nigerians already knew: Yabacon Valley is the future. The Africa Report feels the full force of acceleration

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Elections on the edge: Is populism leading us down a dangerous path?

Photomontage Isabel Espanol: Fotolia; S.Loeb/AFP; J.Tallis/AFP; G.Guercia/AFP; T.Hill/FilmMagic/Getty; Getty

Grievances are mounting as economic inequities and corruption worsen. But after a spate of bad elections this year, people are losing faith in the political elite’s ability to fix the problems. In this vacuum, a new wave of grassroots and activist politics is spreading

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African banks warm to blockchain

In the simplest terms, blockchain is a digital ledger that goes on forever. Photo by Dan page/The I Spot

Financial institutions are looking for ways to use the accounting system behind the virtual currency bitcoin to reduce the cost of banking transactions

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Zambia's generation game

Girls’ empowerment is a cause close to Tasila Lungu’s (centre) heart. Photo via Facebook

Presidential daughter Tasila Lungu has launched her own political career

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Is there a growing drug epidemic in Nigeria?

Nigeria is the eighth largest consumer of marijuana in the world - who would ever guess it's illegal? Photo by Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters

In Nigeria’s drug addiction epidemic the north of the country is the hardest hit. From high-rollers on cocaine to the poor sniffing sewage-soaked rags, The Africa Report shines a spotlight on the dealers, the users and those who are trying new ways to offer a solution

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São Tomé's fight against illicit financial services

Patrice Trovoada Prime Minister, São Tomé e Príncipe. Photo by Vincent Fournier/JA

In looking for ways to develop the country’s economy after a long-promised oil boom didn’t happen, São Tomé's prime minister is adamant that opaque financial services will not play a part

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