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Ghanaian teen builds video search engine to rival YouTube

This 2015 photo shows signage with a logo at the YouTube Space LA offices in Los Angeles. Photo:Danny Moloshok/AP/SIPAGhanaian university student Gabriel Opare wanted to build a search engine that could challenge the dominance of YouTube.

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Nigerian banks seek Etisalat Nigeria cash flow clarity before results

 Staffs of Etisalat Nigeria wait for customers during the launch of mobile number portability, in Lagos, Nigeria, April 22, 2013. Photo: Sunday Alamba/AP/SIPAEtisalat Nigeria's rescue has put the country's banks in a quandary as they prepare for half-year results due this month as they do not know whether to provision for loans to the company until they can work out its value.

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Nigeria "cannot borrow anymore", says finance minister

In this photo taken on  June. 20, 2016, a trader counts US Dollars inside a shop in Lagos, Nigeria. Photo: Sunday Alamba/AP/SIPANigeria must not borrow more to fund its budget and should instead raise money it needs by other means, the country's finance minister said on Tuesday, calling into question planned foreign loans of $2 billion from lenders like the World Bank.

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China, France eye Gambian port upgrade to rival Dakar

 A ferry bringing back people  arrives at the port in Banjul, Gambia, Jan. 21, 2017. Photo: Jerome Delay/AP/SIPAChinese and French companies are bidding to help Gambia build up its Atlantic port Banjul to be what industry sources say could be a rival to neighbouring Senegal's Dakar.

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Chinese factory accused of polluting Gambia's coastline

 A woman carries fresh fish, purchased from an incoming fishing boat, along a beach in West Africa. Photo: Rebecca Blackwell/AP/SIPAGambia's National Environmental Agency (NEA) has agreed to settle out of court with Chinese owned Golden Lead fishmeal factory, which it had taken to court for pollution and flouting proper waste management regulations.

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Tullow cuts debt, raises profit under new CEO but weak oil prices weigh

28062017GhanaAfrica-focused oil explorer Tullow Oil reduced debt in the first half of the year and reported a rise in gross profit under new CEO Paul McDade but a recent drop in oil prices means the company's bottom line remains under threat.

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