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Wed,18Jul2018

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A Reporter's Diary in the Middle Belt - Day 1

A Reporter's Diary in the Middle Belt
Yesterday – Sunday 8 July – morning, I sat down as a first-timer at an unusual church service, soaking in both the Word and the despair in the air. Around and about me were displaced people who had fled death and desolation in their villages all around Plateau State, escaping to Jos, the state capital. This was a makeshift camp, home to 2,000-3,000 survivors of an ongoing crisis between pastoralists and sedentary populations in central Nigeria, the country’s agrarian base.

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BENIN | Cotonou, where tomorrow’s startups are invented

Tech Hub trains around 25 people a year. Currently six startups are housed here.
Benin has some of the best IT developers in West Africa. Dozens of startups 
are blossoming as more digital training becomes available.

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BENIN | Growing more productive and competitive

An invasive plant becomes a business opportunity. The water hyacinth, once dried and processed, is used to depollute industrial sites.
Through its action programme, the government of Benin is making the agriculture sector one of the country’s drivers of economic growth and wealth and job creation. It is planning on improved productivity, using the impressive revival of the cotton sector over the past year as an example.

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BENIN | ABDOULAYE BIO TCHANÉ: “300 MW of additional production capacity by 2019”

© Vincent Fournier for J.A


ITW, ABDOULAYE BIO TCHANÉ, Minister of State for Planning and Development

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Bravo, Macron: How Lagos fell for the French President

French President Emmanuel Macron, right, is presented with a talking drum by artist Ara, during an event to celebrate African Culture at the New Afrika shrine in Lagos, Nigeria, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. Macron arrived Abuja earlier for a meeting with his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari, in his latest attempt to forge closer ties with English-speaking Africa. Photo: Sunday Alamba/AP/SIPAA new partnership with Africa, reframing the debate over migration as one about Africa's own development, and redefining perceptions of Africa in Europe: Macron's busy schedule in Nigeria.

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Nigeria woos importers to trade Chinese yuan

 Oct. 20, 2015: a money changer counts Nigerian naira currency at a bureau de change, in Lagos Nigeria. Photo: Sunday Alamba/AP/SIPANigeria's central bank is wooing local businesses importing goods from China to use the yuan instead of the U.S. dollar in its effort to support its naira currency and boost reserves.

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