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12 Cover Story Nigeria’s Grand Plan

24 IT in Africa Africa’s telecom revolution


Editorial 11 Well deserved awards for African journalists

Cover Story 2020 Vision 12 Nigeria’s Grand Plan

Special Report IT in Africa 24 Africa’s telecom’s revolution 30 Kuwait giant looks to Africa 34 A TV channel for mobiles

Cityview 43 Hedging your bets

Energy 45 Pros and cons of Bujagali

Travel & tourism 48 Hotel chains wake up to Africa

Transport 52 East Africa’s Waterways

Countryfiles 54 Ghana: Flying with oil 55 Senegal: Dubai takes Dakar stake 56 Nigeria: Oil on troubled waters? 57 Zambia: Westward route to sea 58 Zimbabwe: Crisis is a way of life 60 Mauritius: Tobacco industry hot 62 S Africa: Political muscle flexing?

Reviews Books/Music 70 Drowning in the devil’s filth 72 Books in brief 73 Caine Prize 2007 74 African Virtuoses

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50 Transport east Africa’s Waterways