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Mon,16Jul2018

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NIGERIA: "We are pushing the population to the brink"; Donald Duke

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Donald Duke, two-time governor of Cross River State and a part-time saxophone player at jazz festivals, wants to conduct a much larger orchestra next year: Nigeria’s 180 million people. In June, the 56-year-old politician declared his intention to run for president in the 2019 polls. He speaks to The Africa Report on President Muhammadu Buhari’s scorecard, the Niger Delta, insecurity, industrial policy, devolution of powers and a $500m flop from his time as governor.

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Frontline: Problems with Privinvest

 

Camille MillerandThe Nigerian former finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala recounts her face-off with the shipbuilder

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A Reporter's Diary in the Middle Belt - Day 2

Rev. Fr. James Davou is the rector of the St John Vianney seminary at Barkin Ladi, which was temporarily home to people displaced by herder-farmer violence
Today, I was in the area formerly known as Gwoll. In pre-independence Nigeria, Jos and its environs were part of a huge mining hub that gradually broke up with the oil boom in the 1970s. Still, old mining ponds lie across the state, with one of them in Gwoll. Mining brought colonial administrators and settlers from across Nigeria and beyond. And soon enough, the area was renamed Barkin Ladi, which in Hausa means 'City of Sunday'. Then, both settlers and indigenes lived in relative peace.

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BENIN | A tourism destination in the making

Running along the coast from Ouidah to Cotonou, La Route des Peches is central to a huge tourism project.
Coastal road upgrades, improvement of the beaches, a memorial trail on the Slave Route and more... The government has made tourism one of the strong points of the country's development. Several international institutions, including the World Bank, are already funding some of the projects.

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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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