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Surfing at Koel Bay, South Africa. The country's economy may have to ride rough waves this year. (Photo/ Daniel Flower)

Africa’s GDP Projections 2017: Tears In South Africa And Nigeria, And Africa May Catch A Sniffle

Together, Nigeria and South Africa account for half of sub-Sahara Africa’s GDP. They are major trade partners to the countries in their respective regions, as well as wielding significant political and diplomatic clout


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Amilcar Cabral, one of Africa's foremost anti-colonial thinkers, with Fidel Castro. (Photo/ Invent the Future)

On Fidel Castro’s Death, And ‘Small’ Cuba’s Outsized Influence In Africa

Cuba is a small island nation that has had a huge impact on post-colonial Africa, and possibly no other figure would have as towering an influence on Africa’s revolutionary imagination than Fidel Castro.


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Pretoria is famous for its jacaranda trees. (Photo/ South African Tourism)

Jacaranda Season Is Ending, But Here’s A Reminder Of How Trees Are Very Political In Africa

Even in Kenya’s dusty little border town with Ethiopia, the jacaranda tree stands out as a marker of British presence – Moyale on the Kenyan side has the trees around its town centre, on the Ethiopian side there are none