In the six years since January 2012, armed groups in West Africa’s Sahel region have grown considerably
In many African countries musicians are in the vanguard of popular struggles. In Seun Kuti carries on the legacy of his father Fela by confronting the country’s venal political elite. In Burkina Faso rappers helped overthrow Blaise Compaore
While while increasing prosperity in Africa may encourage some people to stay, ironically it also enables many more to leave for Europe and other places. Some governments, in fact, encourage legal migration.
The rest of the continent has so far remained largely immune from the contagion of international criminal justice sweeping West Africa.
In late 2016 Senegal launched a cryptocurrency for the countries of the West African Monetary Union. This and similar innovations could provide a new infrastructure for economic development across Africa.