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Africa in 2019 | How to make a continental deal

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You won’t have missed the nationalist mood engulfing big economies around the world: the US, Britain, Brazil, France and Germany are all stained by proto-fascists in and around power. Politicians in these countries talk of taking back control of borders; they are keen to identify those who should and should not receive state support.

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BOYCOTT | Power of the purse

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The Boston Tea Party that led to US independence is a reminder that governments and companies should not underestimate consumers who have a political message to send. The same holds true in Africa today.

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Youth | Speaking to and for the future

WHAT TO WATCH IN 2019 | FRONTLINE

One in every five Africans is between the ages of 15 and 24 years old. That is a quarter of a billion young people who are coming of age. Much has been made of the lack of jobs on the continent, and nearly two-thirds of Africa’s unemployed are young people. Even in South Africa, one of the most sophisticated economies, 55% of youth do not have a job.

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Economy | Africa is not prepared for the end of cheap money

FRONTLINE | WHAT TO WATCH IN 2019

Nigeria, Algeria and South Africa all go to the polls in 2019. Together, they represent nearly half of Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP). We probably will not see a hat-trick of reformist governments emerge, but the trio illustrate three big, interrelated trends that will govern Africa’s macro­economic landscape in the coming year: governance, debt levels and the role of commodities.

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Developing developers

Developing Developers

An unexpected drag on the global economy in recent years is the increasing cost of software developers and coders. A developer can cost between $50 and $200 per hour’s work. Companies worldwide are real­ising they need to upgrade legacy computer systems to stay competitive, governments are building ever more massive data-management systems, consumers are spending more and more time and money on their smartphones.

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AFRICA’s new debt crisis

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From Mozambique to Chad, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Zambia, governments are dealing with a new debt-fuelled hangover

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Black Panther | Beyond the hype

Photo #1: Kenyan artist Jacque Njeri imagines the Maasai in space in her ‘MaaSci’ series of digital collages Credits: Jacque Njeri
The Marvel comics juggernaut is a planetary success, and has been praised for breaking the stereotypes of blackness on cinema screens. What will it do for African filmmakers heroically telling their own stories about the continent?

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