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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

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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

 Investing in Mining Indaba
5-8 February 2018 | Cape Town, South Africa - http://https://www.miningindaba.com
 Mining Indaba 2018
Investing in African Mining Indaba is solely dedicated to the successful capitalisation and development of mining interests in Africa. Located in Cape Town, South Africa for over 20 years, this event unites investors, mining companies, governments and other stakeholders from around the world to learn and network, all toward the single goal of advancing mining on the continent. Also known as Mining Indaba, we are dedicated to supporting education, career development, sustainable development, and other important causes in Africa.

   
 Nigeria International Petroleum Summit
19 February 2018 | Abuja, Nigeria - https://www.africa-energy.com/event/nigeria-international-petroleum-summit-2018
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Nigeria's petroleum industry is the largest in Africa with proven Oil and Gas reserves of 37 billion barrels (bbl) and 192 trillion cubic feet respectively.

The sector contributes about 10% to the country's Gross Domestic Product and accounts for 95% of all exports. Given that Nigeria's Gas reserves have remained largely untapped, the country is expected to make a shift towards becoming a major producer and exporter of Gas.
With on-going reforms in the sector and improved engagement with host communities, Nigeria is positioning herself to be the foremost oil and gas investment destination. The official Nigeria International Petroleum Summit will therefore create the perfect platform for the world to meet Nigeria's Oil and Gas industry players, and will be:

• A meeting between key Nigerian political decision-makers, government officials as well as directors and specialists from the Ministry, NNPC and other relevant governmental bodies on the one part and Directors of National & International companies, multinational and multilateral organizations, the academia and other relevant stakeholders, etc on the other;

• An international exhibition of economic operators, national and international companies and potential investors coming together to present new technologies and know-how in the petroleum sector.  

   
 Energy Council - Mozambique Assembly
12-13 March 2018 | Maputo, Mozambique - http://www.oilandgascouncil.com/event/mozambique-assembly
 Mozambique Assembly
The upcoming Mozambique Assembly, 12 and 13 March 2018, will focus on investment and national skills development in association with ENH and INP. To be officially opened by H.E. President Filipe Nyusi, the Mozambique Assembly is the region's premier national event gathering the most influential players from across the finance, investment, oil & gas, training, education and infrastructure sectors for two days of networking, corporate development and knowledge gain through focused and interactive discussions.
   
 The Africa CEO Forum
26-27 March 2018 | Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire - http://http://www.theafricaceoforum.com
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The AFRICA CEO FORUM, held alternately in Africa and Geneva, its international headquarters, is the largest annual meeting of the African private sector and brings together over 1,200 business leaders, investors, policy makers and journalists from more than 70 countries, to put Africapitalism at the forefront of the global agenda and advance the issues critical to the future of the continent and its companies. Following the 5th edition, which recorded a significant increase in attendance, the continent’s leading decision-makers will once again be gathering in the Ivorian economic capital of Abidjan for the AFRICA CEO FORUM in 2018.

   
 Mo Ibrahim Governance Weekend
April 2018 | Kigali, Rwanda - http://http://mo.ibrahim.foundation/fr/annual-event
 Mo Ibrahim Governance Weekend
The Ibrahim Governance Weekend is the flagship event of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, held every year in a different African country. This three-day event convenes prominent African political and business leaders, representatives from civil society, multilateral and regional institutions as well as Africa’s major international partners to debate issues of critical importance to Africa. The weekend begins with a Leadership Ceremony, which celebrates the Ibrahim Laureates and, if the Prize has been awarded that year, gives the opportunity to honour the new Laureate. A whole day is then dedicated to the Ibrahim Forum, a high-level discussion forum which tackles the challenges facing Africa and sets out priorities for action. The weekend concludes with a public concert highlighting some of the best performers of the continent and a football match showcasing outstanding African football.

   
 

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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