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Togolese fabric markets are increasingly stocked with low-cost Chinese reproductions. Koko Masseme

West Africans ditch Dutch wax prints for Chinese ‘real-fakes

Togolese consumers are increasingly choosing Chinese replicas over 'authentic' Dutch wax prints. Their choice raises fundamental questions about the notion of intellectual property.
Illustration of the zika virus. Zika by Shutterstock

Why it’s wrong to compare Zika to Ebola

Zika is quite different to Ebola – and experts would do well to wait before making recommendations this time.
Military forces outside the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako where hostages were taken. Africable Television/EPA

Explainer: what is going on in Mali?

The hostage situation at a hotel in the Malian capital Bamako comes after months of sporadic violence.
Nigeria’s plans for a new modern city need to be boosted so that they deliver a metropolis like the Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi. Shutterstock

Why Nigeria’s plans for a dream Eldorado city are not radical enough

Rather than just becoming a financial venture, the Eko Atlantic experiment can be carried further at no extra cost to become the hub to transform good governance in Nigeria and West Africa.
Vaccinations for children and other health services were suspended during the Ebola epidemic. USAID/Flickr

Ebola to blame for more malaria deaths in west Africa

Ebola has been blamed for a surge in untreated malaria cases in west Africa that could have led to an excess numbers of deaths from malaria, greater than the total caused by the Ebola virus.

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