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Ghana gives incentives to cocoa farmers to boost yields

Photo©ReutersGhana has moved to shore up cocoa production by providing various incentives to old farmers and youths, President John Mahama has said.

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Radio: Laughter in an Ivorian jam

Chuken Pat and his colleagues crack up at their own hilarious imitations of Ivorian politicians. Photo©Martin WaalboerGridlocked Abidjan commuters are letting off steam thanks to a drivetime show that pokes fun at politicians.

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Africa's electronic transactions grow as card services join mobile market

Photo©ReutersElectronic payment service companies, Visa and MasterCard have launched card services aimed at Africa's growing mobile payment industry.

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Mining: China's Shandong seeks control of Sierra Leone iron ore project

File photo©ReutersAfrican Minerals said China's Shandong, its partner in the Tonkolili iron ore mine in Sierra Leone, is seeking control of the whole project, after taking on some of African Minerals' debt from banks and demanding immediate repayment last week.

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Nigeria likely to lower estimate for 2015 GDP after naira drops

Nigeria expects to lower its forecast for 2015 economic growth again, after cutting its forecast to 5.54 percent in January, after oil prices fell and the currency weakened further last month, the country's statistics bureau said.

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Nigeria elections: Jonathan must not sack INEC boss

Professor Attahiru Jega. Photo©Thomas Saater for TARPublic opinion is already at boiling point over postponed elections. President Jonathan must resist the temptation to sack electoral commission boss Professor Jega, or risk pushing the country over the edge.

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