While other African nations deal with the cycle of commodity dependence and struggle to meet the levels of growth recorded earlier in the decade, Morocco has trod a steady growth path underpinned by strong state structures. Now it must build on this foundation, investing in education and sharing the wealth.
Having run for office for nearly the past two decades, President Akufo-Addo now has the power to bring the changes he has long called for. The electorate is watching to see if he can turn around the economy, decentralise power and fight corruption.
The architect of Kenya’s new opposition coalition, Musalia Mudavadi, is confident about his alliance. He is the founder of Kenya’s new opposition coalition, the National Super Alliance (Nasa), which launched this February. However, the road to August’s national elections looks arduous.
ANC TREASURER GENERAL
Amid speculation that he may emerge as a compromise candidate in the ANC leadership election, Zweli Mkhize, Treasurer General, African National Congress, tells The Africa Report what the party needs to fix to win back voters.
The founder of payment solutions startup Paystack tells The Africa Report that outside help for young companies is crucial due to the stage of development of local ecosystems. Paystack’s mission is to help merchants in Nigeria accept payments from credit cards, debit cards and via the web.
SÃO TOMÉ E PRÍNCIPE
If the expected oil powered growth is now a spectre on the horizon, São Tomé e Príncipe is not short of transformational ideas. São Tomé’s prime minister, Patrice Trovoada has a wider project to turn the island into a transshipment hub for the region – a Dubai-style logistics and business services platform.
Christo Wiese is the man who bought Shoprite for R1m in 1979 and helped to turn it into a company now worth $8.3bn with 2,600 stores across 15 African countries. One of South Africa’s richest business leaders, Christo talks exclusively to The Africa Report about his commercial successes and failures, the debates about race and economics in South Africa and his criticism of the government.
The government says the high-speed Kaduna-Abuja rail line is a sign of things to come as it seeks funds from China and elsewhere to build inter- and intra-city networks. The $874m infrastructure project was launched in 2011 by the Goodluck Jonathan administration. The Africa Report took a test ride.
ART & LIFE
‘Sisi barra’ means smoke work in Bambara, the language spoken by the women of Bardot, a slum in the Ivorian port of San Pedro, who work to transform discarded wood into a lifeline.