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BBC World Service – Focus on Africa, African economic woes due to ‘domestic governance’


A conference on Africa’s rising debt, organised by the UK’s Overseas Development Institute (ODI), has been taking place in London this week. Dr Donald Kaberuka is an economist and former president of the African Development Bank. We ask him how severe is Africa’s current debt crisis?

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Dakar forum begins with focus on Africa's sustainable stability and development



African leaders are expected to renew their call for continental unity in assuring security and sustainable growth for the African countries after years of …
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BBC World Service – Focus on Africa, Buddhism with an African flavour


Steven Kabogozza founded Uganda’s first Buddhist temple in 2005. The Venerable Bhante Buddharakkita, as his followers call him, was raised Catholic but converted to Buddhism while a student in India.
He is also the author of Planting Dhamma Seeds: The Emergence of Buddhism in Africa. He spoke to Focus on Africa’s Leslie Goffe in New York.

(Image: Venerable Bhante Buddharakkita. Credit: Uganda Buddhist Centre)

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TXV Partners Launches In Austin With Focus On Millenials, GenZ


Since Austin Ventures closed up shop in 2015, the city has seen a flurry of firms moving from other cities, launching new offices, or opening a secondary office to fill the void left behind.

TXV Partners is the latest entrant, and founders Marcus Stroud, 25, and Brandon Allen, 24, are hoping to bring a fresh perspective to the city’s venture scene.

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The pair of Princeton University grads are focused on investing in startups they believe are addressing the rising millennial and Gen-Z markets.

“We see a millennial takeover happening across venture, especially in Austin,” Stroud told Crunchbase News.

TXV first opened an office in Dallas in January but soon realized it needed a physical presence in Austin as well. Stroud relocated to the Texas…

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FOCUS: Is Africa starting to choke on China’s lending glut?


It was a time for smiles and handshakes as the delegations from Sierra Leone and China Exim Bank sealed a loan to provide the impoverished West African state with a new airport.

Just months later, the much-trumpeted Mamamah International Airport scheme, estimated to cost $400 million (347 million euros), has gone up in smoke.

Sierra Leone’s new government has scrapped the contract, bluntly declaring it “uneconomical”. Instead it will use an existing, underused airport and improve access to it.

The decision coincides with concern internationally about Africa’s mounting debts with China — fears that are sometimes voiced by individual Africans, but rarely their governments.

“We need Chinese development, but not at the expense of our unborn children who will be paying the debts,” said…

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‘A story of unrelenting effort’: Freeman museum reopens with focus on Wilson’s black visionaries


A businessman with a prolific history of mason work throughout Wilson is the namesake for the Oliver Nestus Freeman Round House and African-American Museum, but the exhibits that debuted Sunday tell the stories of generations.

“The African-American story in Wilson County is a story first of all of slavery, a story of reconstruction, a story of violence and domestic terror. It is a story of voter disenfranchisement, a story of poor African-American families struggling to raise a family and achieve the American dream,” said U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield. “It is a story of unrelenting effort on the parts of our ancestors to establish educational opportunities both in the city of Wilson and Wilson County and in…

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