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Being landlocked is a major disadvantage - mostly. (Photo/ Maps Of The World)

Who Says Being Landlocked Is Terrible? In Africa It’s Not All Bad News

Streamlining logistics and clearance is an existential issue for landlocked countries, but the coastal countries have the “luxury” of dysfunction.


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Coffee berries in Jinja, Uganda. Coffee is Uganda's leading export. (Photo/ Flickr/ Mark Adler)

Africa’s Export Diversity, Or Let’s Say The Lack Of It – Plus Some Surprises

Kenya is punching above its weight in diversification of exports – in the analogy of anthropologists, it is less of a hunter economy and more of a gathering one – all sorts of small items find their way to the export market


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Mo Ibrahim (c) with musicians Youssou N'dour (l) from Senegal and Angelique Kidjo (r) from Benin, at the 2011 award ceremony in Tunis. (Photo/ Flickr/ Mo Ibrahim Foundation)

Ibrahim Prize for Governance In Africa; Of Shallow Pools And Southward Forces

Since the prize was launched, there have been more years when it has not been awarded, than when it has


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Burkina Faso's Thomas Sankara

Assassinations Of African Leaders While In Office: Dangerous Egypt And Burundi

Recent years have been fairly good for African leaders, because since 1910, at least 30 prime and presidents have been killed while in office. It happens less often these days