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Moussa Faki Mahamat attends a meeting in Chad, in 2014. Credit: theguardian.com/Farouk Batiche/AFP/Getty Images

Chad's Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat elected African Union Chairman

Chad’s foreign minister has been elected as the new chair of the African Union Commission, pledging to place development and security at the top of his agenda and streamline the organization’s bureaucracy.

Live music in Accra, Ghana

Why is Ghana 25 times more successful than Nigeria at attracting tourism revenues?

Tourism should be an easy win for emerging market (EM) and frontier market (FM) economies with weakened currencies, and cheap jet fuel; an opportunity that we think is being missed.

Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria

Lessons Nigeria's Buhari can learn from Obama about managing a tough economy

It is atypical for an American president to invite a nascent African head of state to the White House, especially less than two months after the latter’s inauguration.

Oil rig

Is now the right time to buy Afren?

Afren’s shares have fallen in value by almost 99% over the past year, as the oil and gas producer defaulted on its interest payments.

Bonang Mohale, Chairman, Shell South Africa

Why South Africa must get real: Bonang Mohale, Chairman, Shell South Africa

Looking back on the last 20 years, there is much to celebrate about South Africa’s progress. Indeed, we could easily have become a Syria, Libya, Iraq, or Ukraine—but our leaders had the foresight and the wisdom to give us the amazing gift of a united, inclusive, nonracial constitutional democracy.

Sub-Saharan Africa’s national oil companies have big ambitions but funding remains a challenge.

Sub-Saharan Africa's national oil companies have big ambitions. Funding remains a challenge: Rolake Akinkugbe, Head of Energy and Natural Resources, FBN Capital

In March, Saudi Aramco concluded a $10 billion standby revolving credit facility deal with 27 international lenders, the largest of its kind in the Gulf region for years. Even revenue-rich Saudi’s NOC needs large pools of capital from abroad.

South African mercenaries are reportedly operating in Nigeria's remote north-east, fighting the Boko Haram insurgents.

Mercenaries in Africa: South Africa struggles in vain to ban soldiers of fortune

During the 1980s, Leon Lotz fought for the “Koevoet” (“crowbar” in Afrikaans), a South African apartheid-era paramilitary unit charged with rooting out nationalist guerrillas in what is now Namibia — acting as “the crowbar which prises terrorists out of the bushveld like nails from rotten wood,” in the words of South Africa’s then minister of law and order, Louis le Grange.

Nigeria Strategy - H1 2015 - ARM (Report)

Nigeria Strategy - H1 2015: ARM (Report)

Global growth softened over H2 2014 as a tepid economic macro-picture across Europe and Japan combined with EM deceleration to offset robust growth in the US. Reflecting the uneven economic pattern across countries, IMF thrice downgraded global growth forecasts over H2 14.

Offshore oil rig

Afren ends talks with Nigeria's Seplat Petroleum over potential sale

Oil producer Afren Plc said it had ended talks with Nigeria’s Seplat Petroleum Development Co Plc over a potential sale of the company.

Demands for the creation of Biafra state are still heard in south-east Nigeria

Will Scottish referendum encourage Africa's separatists?

Many African countries have secessionist movements, partly because their borders were drawn up by colonial powers in the 19th Century.

Aliko Dangote

Cementing Africa's future: The rise and rise of Aliko Dangote, Africa's richest man

Aliko Dangote made his fortune by gambling on Africa’s future, repeatedly. For the Nigerian entrepreneur, that gamble has paid off spectacularly.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Miraculous Deliverance Of Oga Jona: A Satirical Piece on Nigeria by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

As soon as he opened his eyes, he felt it. A strange peace, a calm clarity. He stretched. Even his limbs were stronger and surer. He looked at his phone. Thirty-seven new text messages – and all while he was asleep. With one click, he deleted them.

Orji Uzor Kalu

Orji Uzor Kalu: The Nigerian Millionaire Who Wants To Negotiate With Boko Haram

When Orji Uzor Kalu, jet-setting Nigerian businessman and controversial politician is in Abuja, he usually spends most of his time at his sprawling mansion which is located a few minutes’ drive away from the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, the official residence of Nigeria’s President.

Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria

Nothing is more important than bringing home Nigeria's missing girls: Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria

I have had to remain quiet about the continuing efforts by Nigeria’s military, police and investigators to find the girls kidnapped in April from the town of Chibok by the terrorist group Boko Haram.

Nigerian Naira (1000 Naira)

Nigeria, Argentina, and Vietnam Prove Top Picks for Multinationals - Frontier Strategy Group

Fresh from its coronation as the biggest economy in Africa, Nigeria has scored another first.

Diezani Alison-Madueke, Minister of Petroleum Resources, Nigeria

Nigeria Proposes Oil Minister as OPEC Head

Nigeria has put forward its oil minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, as a contender for OPEC’s top job, people familiar with the matter said Tuesday