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Ghana's President Akufo-Addo says economy is in a "bad way".

Nana Akufo-Addo gestures to his supporters during a press conference on election in his compound in Accra Ghana, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Photo: Sunday Alamba/AP/SIPAGhanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo said in his first state of the nation address that the West African nation's economy was in a "bad way".

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Traders profit from Nigeria’s appetite for grasshoppers.

A grasshopper in South Africa. Photo: Andres Leighton/AP/SIPAArmed with lamps and bags, young men in Maiduguri, northern Nigeria are hunting grasshoppers. Catching the jumpy insects takes patience and skill.

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IMF may consider extending Ghana aid deal, says its Ghana country head

 A woman sells bread on a street in Accra, Ghana, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Photo: Sunday Alamba/AP/SIPAThe International Monetary Fund (IMF) may consider extending its three-year aid deal with Ghana if the new government requests an extension, the Washington-based lender said on Wednesday.

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Asphalt plant shut down in Nigeria after residents protest over pollution.

People waling in a street in the city of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Photo: SCHALK VAN ZUYDAM/AP/SIPAResidents in Port Harcourt, a harbour in Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta region, staged protests to complain about heavy air pollution blamed on an Asphalt factory.

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Nigeria aims to present reform plan this month for $1bn World Bank loan

Pedestrians shop in Balogun market ahead of Christmas celebrations in Lagos. Photo: Sunday Alamba/AP/SIPANigeria wants to borrow at least $1bn from the World Bank to help haul it out of recession and plans to present the required economic reform proposals to the lender this month, officials and diplomats told Reuters.

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Nigeria's biggest airline Arik Air goes into receivership

Arik Air's cabin crew members stand in front of a new Boeing 737-700. Photo: Ted S. Warren/AP/SIPANigeria's Arik Air is in receivership due to its inability to pay workers and creditors, prompting the government to take control of the country's biggest airline, state-owned "bad bank" AMCON said on Thursday.

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