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The total emancipation of Africa

Langston Hughes' poem is an attempt to define himself to a segregated America where his existential lot is one of discrimination and social rejection because of the color of his skin. Born black in a world that abhorred his race he had to assert himself to prove that he belonged and was truly worthy of the American dream.

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Book review: A time for new dreams by Ben Okri

altA collection of short works by the British-Nigerian writer touches on Africa, beauty and childhood.

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African credit default swaps: Everything’s relative

Some African sovereign debt looks rather attractive as the eurozone continues to flounder.

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Probe Libya's Fire Sale

For sale: One oil-rich North African state, sixth largest reserves in the world, spectacular Mediterranean views and good transport links to Italy. One careful but eccentric owner. Price on application.

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Book review: Southern Africa by Stephen Chan

altEssential reading on the political and economic history of South Africa and Zimbabwe

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ILO Director-General in Africa: Many success stories but more needs to be done to create decent jobs, reduce poverty

Africa has weathered the global economic and financial crisis better than other continents. It is growing again, exports are soaring and foreign investment is flowing in, the International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General, Juan Somavía, told the ILO African Regional Meeting that started on Tuesday 11 October in Johannesburg. This is the ILO's 12th African meeting and the first to be held in South Africa.

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Rising prices good for Africa: Museveni

President Museveni/Photo ReutersUganda President Yoweri Museveni says Africa must take advantage of the rising commodities to increase exports.

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Transport: Landing on a runway near you

Africa's major airlines are knitting new networks across the continent as smaller regional airlines seek consolidation



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Book review: The Other Crucifix by Benjamin Kwakye

altCommonwealth Prize winner Benjamin Kwakye returns with a look at 1960s America through an African diaspora prism. 


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'Manliness' could save a continent

Kenneth, a hawker living in South Africa, tells people that if they don't believe that antiretrovirals work they should look for evidence in his handsome, healthy face. Look at it! He wants to be the poster boy for why this treatment shouldn't be stigmatised as weak, but promoted as keeping you manly.

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Nigeria's Dangote group to build cement factory in Ethiopia

Photo/Reuters

One of Africa's leading business groups, Dangote, is set to construct a US$400 million factory in Ethiopia, probably hoping to take advantage of the construction boom in the Horn of Africa.

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Should Africa abandon the US dollar for the Chinese renminbi?

Both the United States and China may be facing their own debt mountains, but momentum is swinging China’s way for the position of foreign reserve currency of choice. Should Africa turn to the renminbi?        


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Events

 AFRICA HOTEL INVESTMENT FORUM
2-4 October 2018 | Paris - https://www.africa-conference.com
  AHIFlogoThe Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) is the only annual hotel investment conference that connects business leaders from the international and local markets.
The event brings together the who's who of the hotel investment community that drive investment into tourism projects, infrastructure and hotel development across Africa.
AHIF has proven to be Africa's annual meeting place for the region's most senior investors, developers, operators and advisors. It is the annual conference that connects business leaders from international and local markets to do deals across the region.

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 AFRICA OIL WEEK
5-9 November 2018 | Cape Town  International Convention Centre - South Africa - http://www.africa-oilweek.com
 Logo-AOWThe Leading Business Intelligence and Transaction Platform for Africa's Oil and Gas Sector
Africa Oil Week is the meeting place for Africa’s upstream oil and gas markets. The event brings together governments, national oil companies, investors, corporate players, independents and financiers – giving them a place to network, discuss and share knowledge. Africa Oil Week attracts the highest quality speakers. Sessions are headed by top figures in the sector, including ministers, heads of NOCs, leading scientists and CEOs from major and independent companies.

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 AFRICA CEO FORUM
25-26 March 2019 | Kigali -  http://www.theafricaceoforum.com/en
 Logo_ACFThe 7th edition of the AFRICA CEO FORUM will take place in Kigali (Rwanda) on March 25&26, 2019.

Every year, the AFRICA CEO FORUM is the continent’s foremost business conference, hosting 1 500 Africa’s leading CEOs, international investors, top experts, and policy makers.

The AFRICA CEO FORUM has an unparalleled ability to convene, offer cutting-edge content and attract its global media coverage.
It is committed to unlocking Africa’s economic potential through private sector-led growth, innovative public policies and the development of a responsible business community.

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 NETHERLAND AFRICAN BUSINESS COUNCIL - AFRICA WORKS!
Postponed to April 2019 | Rotterdam - http://www.africaworks.nl
  Logo NABCIn cooperation with Afrika-Verein, the fourth edition of Africa Works! will take place on the 19 & 20 September at the Van Nelle Fabriek in Rotterdam! Stakeholders ranging from the private sector, NGO's, government officials, knowledge institutes and more will come together during this high-level conference to share their experiences and insights on Future African Cities, the official theme of this year's edition.

Africa Works! is now postponed to April 2019

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African film industry's new lease of life in distribution

The struggle to find a foothold for Africa's film industry, especially Nigeria's Nollywood, the second largest film industry in the world according UNESCO, whilst containing piracy may have finally bore fruit as several African companies devise strategies to outsmart the distribution challenges facing the continent.

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The good, the bad, and the rest in African elections

Former president of the Republic of Congo, Pascal Lissouba once professed that

Until two decades ago football games were the most heated contests in most of Africa. Then came the era of competitive elections. From the beginning, the electoral game topped the charts. And much like football amateurs would tell you about the

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Ghana honours Nkwame Nkrumah

Ghanaians on Wednesday marked founding father Nkwame Nkrumah’s birth with a public holiday.

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Africa now sees a glimmer of hope in its leaders: Kufuor

The old stereotype of Africa as a hopeless continent, whose leaders never seem to relinquish power, is now losing ground, as the continent has made strides and there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel.

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Ethiopia, Egypt resolve dispute over Nile

Ethiopia and Egypt have agreed to jointly assess the impact on the environment likely to be made by the construction of Africa’s largest dam over the Nile River.

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Ethiopia raises US$350 million for mega dam

More than US$ 350 million has been mobilised from various sources in Ethiopia to support the construction of Africa’s biggest dam.

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The fantasy of a one term president in Africa

I’ve been wondering if those declaring Ghana’s President Mills a one term president even before the end of his first term in office absolutely believe what they are saying or whether their comments are more of wishes.

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