Angola has a complex history in which war has featured prominently. There is much more to the country than that, and a new book provides insight on beauty, happiness, and everyday life in Benguela.
Scholars have started to investigate what it really means to be middle class in Africa.
We should be wary of simplified and sweeping explanations about the scope for potential social and political reforms the middle classes can promote.
Some economists have touted the rising middle class as a panacea for Africa's challenges. But a more realistic diagnosis of what makes up a middle class is needed.