THE CRASH AND THE FIGHTBACK
Africain countries are regularly tossed on the seas of natural ressource prices. Five years ago, a boom was on the horizon. West Africa was the new frontier for iron ore, and Sierra Leone was at its epicentre. However, Sierra Leone has been devastated; economies as big as South Africa's and Nigeria's are also struggling.
Pipeline bombs and political violence underlie a new threat to the nation's unity. President Buhari faces stark choices in the region, as the federal government is due to end the Niger Delta amnesty programme in December, with its payments and skills-training programmes for militants.
There are signs that the unlikely alliance formed between President Uhuru Kenyatta and deputy president William Ruto has been one of circumstance. The close friendship between the two men did not take long to unravel and are there signs that it may not last far beyond presidential elections in 2017.
President Adel Fattah al-Sisi has faced his first challenge since the new parliament convened, and it comes from his traditional support base. There is not much political opposition in Egypt these days, especially after the crushing of the Muslim Brotherhood. But opposition to the administration is coming from another source: stateworkers.
In a country where poverty and illiteracy are still high, a growing tech hub is supporting a new generation of quick thinkers keen to rewrite Rwanda's story through start-ups. The governement has recognised its potential for the economy with an innovation fund and public - private partnerships.
EGYPT PRESIDENT ABDEL FATTAH EL-SISI
With the strengh of political Islam in the region, Egypt's President says democracy and human rights must be balanced against concerns for security.
Eritrea's hobbled economy will get a boost when new gold, copper and zinc mines begin production. The Bisha mine is the first in what the government hopes is a renaissance in the mining sector, despite resistance from activists. Even though there is commodity crisis, the government is banking on the sector to provide much-needed jobs.
The state-owned and subsidy-dependent airline is slashing costs and restructuring, but it may not be enough as the government opens the skies to its competitors. As this competition heats up, Air Madagascar's administrators are in race againts time to overhaul the company.
Crucially, the economics - and also the politics - of building renewale energy projects in Africa are changing. Japan is helping Kenya lead the way in geothermal, while innovative payment plans in Nigeria and huge state backing in Morocco are accelerating solar generation.
ART & LIFE
The Ivorian photographer Joana Choumali uses portraiture to explore identity - her own and that of the myriad cultures and sub - cultures on the continent. As part of her series ADORN she travelled to Dakar to find out what lies behind the elaborate make-up of Senegalese women, "sculptresses of their own seduction".