The key to understanding Africa’s future

The army revealed that plans to free the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls were aborted at the last minute (photo: dpa)
The army revealed that plans to free the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls were aborted at the last minute (photo: dpa)

Bad news of terror attacks, kidnapping and corruption dominate the global view of Africa. Poor governance and corrupt leaders have made their mark but behind the headlines Africa has a future, with the support of business and education, to help it change. Former colonial powers, who imposed inappropriate borders and then left the continent in chaos, are best placed to play a part in this long game.

ATROCITIES in the Central African Republic and South Sudan dominated the world’s headlines in 2013. Those problems are far from over but the world’s attention has switched to terror attacks by Boko Haram in Nigeria, violence in Somalia and election victory for the African National Congress ...

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