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Wed,22Nov2017

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A South African victory without a silver bullet

The face of Mandela is a priceless branding tool for the ANC; substituting that of Zuma amounts to sleight of hand. Photo©RAJESH JANTILAL/AFPNew and reformed faces? The election to watch may be in 2019. This election may have been the end of the first phase of democratic South African politics.

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Agriculture pays: Open letter to AU heads of state - Kanayo F. Nwanze

Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural DevelopmentJudging from the daily outpouring of commentary, opinions and reports, you would think that there were two African continents. One of them is the new land of opportunity, with seven of the world's 10 fastest growing economies, offering limitless possibilities to investors. There is, however, this other image: a starving and hopeless continent, hungry and poor, corrupt and prey to foreign exploiters.

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For a new approach in US-Africa relations

US President, Barack Obama's policies have the potential to be innovative and serve as a game changer as he repositions the traditional role ascribed to Africa. Photo©ReutersUS President Barack Obama is fully engaged in building his legacy, as he enters the final two years of his second term in office. And as his recent speeches indicate all 10 of his fingers are busy at work, with one pointing directly at the African continent.

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500: Rise of the Nigerian hunters

Five hundred Nigerian hunters have marched into the Sambisa forest in search of the 270 girls abducted by Islamist extremist group, Boko Haram and in scenes reminiscent of classic periods, they say they want to fight tyranny, slavery and terrorism.

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How to feed Africa and sustain the environment

Photo©ReutersAgriculture is a major contributor to environmental degradation. As demand for food production in Africa grows, the stroke of entrepreneurial genius that brought Ethiopian Tilahun Metferiya success is inspiring a movement of farmers, researchers and policy makers - both in Ethiopia and Kenya - looking to do things differently.

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Boko Haram: Will Nigeria survive this? Catholic Bishop of Sokoto

Nigerians have been thrown into a vortex of suffering and pain brought about by killings and violence carried out by Boko Haram in Northern parts of the country. Matthew Hassan Kukah, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto considers the way forward.

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