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Nigeria: Transportation minister favours Chinese contractors to local ones

Nigeria's outspoken transportation minister Rotimi Amaechi delivered a blunt message to local construction companies who've long complained that ... they're shut out of bids for the large infrastructure projects that often go to Chinese contractors: "We are not using our local contractors because they are not qualified. If you want to participate, build capacity. We can't give you a life-threatening contract if we don’t trust your capacity."

‘You can debate an ideology, not a religion,’ says Chadian film director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

This is a major comeback for Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, who for several years has been missing from the African film scene, of which ... he is one of the two great figures alongside Abderrahman Sissako. Already a regular figure on Cannes' Croisette road, Chad’s former culture minister is again in the competition - a third time – for the Palme d'Or with his new film 'Lingui, Les Liens Sacrés'.