Africa Is Changing Rapidly. The Discourse Around It Should Also

Africa Is Changing Rapidly. The Discourse Around It Should Also
A gathering during the 2014 uprising against Burkina Faso’s former president, Blaise Compaore, in Ouagadougo, Burkina Faso, Oct. 29, 2014 (Sipa photo by Sophie Garcia via AP Images).

Editor’s Note: This is the web version of our subscriber-only weekly newsletter, Africa Watch, which includes a look at the week’s top stories and best reads from and about the African continent. Subscribe to receive it by email every Wednesday. If you’re already a subscriber, adjust your newsletter settings to receive it directly to your email inbox.

If you’re a regular reader of Africa Watch, it’s possibly because you were tired of reading about “Africa” as if it were a monolithic country of 1.3 billion people with all the same traits, habits and perspectives. Or better yet, that might have been your own impression of the globe’s second-largest continent, and you decided you wanted to change that. 

In any event, if you want to learn more about Africa as it exists—a dynamic, varied and fast-growing continent with the globe’s youngest population, as well as idiosyncrasies, paradoxes, risks and opportunities just like everywhere else—you have come to the right place.

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