In the first in a series of photo galleries refocusing the image of African countries, we look at the West African nation of Ghana, on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean. With a population of some 27-million, Ghana is rated the seventh-best governed and fifth-most stable country in Africa, with the continent's sixth-largest economy.
Africa's "Silicon Savannahs" are on the rise as tech hubs spring up around the continent. Aiming to diversify the continent's economies, provide jobs and spur growth, the progressive ICT hubs show the continent is open for business.
Waterways chart the history of Zambia, with its rivers, lakes and waterfalls telling a story that starts before modern people walked the planet. Along the banks of the great Zambezi River, which gives the country its name, lie the scatterings of human activity from the first use of fire and stone to the bustling communities of today.
The World Bank Group has announced it spent a whopping US15.3-billion on development projects in sub-Saharan Africa during the financial year from July 2013 to June 2014 – a new record – most of it in zero-interest credits and grants from the International Development Association, the bank's fund for the poorest countries.
Once a modest microfinance project, Kenya's highly successful M-pesa mobile money transfer service is now to be introduced to Europe. A technology pioneered in one the world's poorest regions will be imported into one of the richest.
The internet is coming to Africa on a handset. New research suggests that mobile data traffic in sub-Saharan Africa is set to increase 20-fold by 2019 – as opposed to only a two-fold increase in voice traffic – while cellphone subscriptions rise to 930-million.
The debate was lively when straight-talking CNN anchor Richard Quest hosted Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola, Telkom chair Jabu Mabuza and Goldman Sachs MD Colin Coleman at a breakfast forum discussing African economic growth on Tuesday 13 May.