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Africa in 2019: Prospects & Forecasts

LONDON: The Royal African Society, in partnership with the British Council, held a talk ‘Africa in 2019: Prospects & Forecasts’ at SOAS, University of London, 29 January.

(Panellists L-R): Patrick Sam, Chairperson of the National Art Council of Namibia (NACN), Namibia; Razia Khan, Chief Economist for Africa and the Middle East, Standard Chartered; Nanjala Nyabola, Writer and independent political analyst, Kenya; Kumi Naidoo, Secretary-General, Amnesty International; Chair: Eliza Anyangwe, Writer, editor and moderator     / Photo: Revi Pillai

2019 is set to be another eventful and unpredictable year in Africa. Politically, all eyes will be on the general elections in Nigeria and South Africa. But several other countries are also set to hold crucial votes, including Tunisia, Senegal, Algeria and Botswana.

Economically, growth in Africa is predicted to rise to 4.1% in 2019.

Culturally, the continent’s creatives – and young creatives in particular – continue to inspire a boom in film, music, art and tech worldwide

To kick off the exciting and uncertain year, the panel – with expertise across politics, activism, the arts, education, technology, health and the economy – set out the prospects and forecasted Africa’s progress in 2019.

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