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The Next Africa: An Emerging Continent Becomes a Global Powerhouse by Jake Bright and Aubrey Hruby

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The Next Africa, an Axiom Best Business Book Award winner, will change the way people think about the continent. The old narrative of an Africa disconnected from the global economy, depicted by conflict or corruption, and heavily dependent on outside donors is fading. A wave of transformation driven by business, modernization, and a new cadre of remarkably talented Africans is thrusting the continent from the world's margins to the global mainstream. 

In the coming decades the magnitude of Africa's markets and rising influence of its people will intersect with other key trends to shape a new era, one in which Africa's progress finally overshadows its challenges, transforming an emerging continent into a global powerhouse.  The Next Africa captures this story. 

Authors Jake Bright and Aubrey Hruby pair their collective decades of Africa experience with several years of direct research and interviews. Packed with profiles; personal stories, research and analysis, The Next Africa is a paradigm-shifting guide to the events, trends, and people reshaping Africa's relationship to the world. 

Bright and Hruby detail the cross-cutting trends prompting Silicon Valley venture capital funds and firms like GE, IBM, and Proctor & Gamble to make major investments in African economies, while describing how Africans are stimulating Milan runways, Hollywood studios, and London pop charts. 

The Next Africa introduces readers to the continent's burgeoning technology movement, rising entrepreneurs, groundbreaking philanthropists, and cultural innovators making an impact in music, fashion, and film. Bright and Hruby also connect Africa's transformation to its contemporary immigrant diaspora, illustrating how this increasingly affluent group will serve as the thread that pulls the continent's success together. 

Finally, The Next Africa suggests a fresh framework for global citizens, public policy-makers, and CEOs to approach Africa. It will no longer be "The Hopeless Continent", nor will it become an overnight utopia. Bright and Hruby offer a more nuanced, net-sum, and data-rich approach to analyzing an increasingly complex continent, reconciling its continued challenges with rapid progress. 

The Next Africa describes a future of a more globally-connected Africa where its leaders and citizens wield significant economic, cultural, and political power--a future in which Americans will be more likely to own African stocks, work for companies doing business in Africa, buy African hits from iTunes, see Nigerian actors win Oscars, and learn new African names connected to tech moguls and billionaires. 

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from All Africa..Source: Premium TimesBy Ben EzeamaluAugust 29, 2016 A private mining syndicate has made a potentially "world class and highly unusual" Nickel discovery in Nigeria, The Australian, an Australian national newspaper is reporting. The private mining syndicate is reportedly headed by Hugh Morgan, a mining industry veteran. "The discovery is unusual because the nickel is found in small balls up to 3mm in diameter of a high purity in shallow soils in what could be the
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from ArabianBusiness.com..August 29, 2016 A carved rose-coloured sandstone mountain in the Nabataean archaeological site of al-Hijr near the northwestern town of al-Ula, Saudi Arabia. (Photo: FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/GettyImages) The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) has earmarked three sites across the kingdom for tourism investment. The three sites are to be dedicated to a new kind of tourism in Saudi Arabia – environmental and adventure tourism, according to Arab News. The sites are to offer different types
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from The EastAfrican..By Allan Olingo and Bernard BusuulwaAugust 28, 2016 A law capping interest rates in Kenya has stoked fears of copycat legislation in East Africa and a reversal of common integration policies ahead of the launch of a regional monetary union. TEA GRAPHIC | FILE A law capping interest rates in Kenya has stoked fears of copycat legislation in East Africa and a reversal of common integration policies ahead of the launch of a regional monetary union.

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from The EastAfrican..By Allan OlingoAugust 28, 2016 Tanzania has acquired over 2,000 hectares of land at Likong’o- Mchinga in Lindi to pave the way for a $30 billion liquefied natural gas plant. TEA GRAPHIC | FILE Tanzania, which won the geopolitics battle with Kenya, by snatching away the pipeline deal, has also upped its stake with its gas plant, trying to upstage Mozambique, which is still reeling from dampened investor confidence, following the $1 billion hidden funds scandal
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from The EastAfrican..By JOSEPH MWAMUNYANGEAugust 27, 2016 An expert explores for gold. The use of geographical information system (GIS) technology in gold exploration in Tanzania has led to the discovery of large deposits near the Bulyanhulu goldmine in Kahama. PHOTO | FILE The use of geographical information system (GIS) technology in gold exploration in Tanzania has led to the discovery of large deposits near the Bulyanhulu goldmine in Kahama. This was revealed at a recent workshop organised by
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from IPS.. By IPS Correspondents August 27, 2016 Aug 24 2016 (IPS) - While agriculture could be the driving force to lift millions of Africans out of poverty and alleviate hunger, its full potential remains untapped. For example, only between five and seven percent of the continent’s cultivated land is irrigated, leaving farmers vulnerable to climate shocks like the devastating El Nino-driven drought in southern Africa. That’s why international agencies like the U.N. Food and Agriculture