Salif Niang

Salif Niang is working to revolutionize the rice industry in Mali, establishing a model for improving the livelihood of smallscale farmers upon which much of Africa depends. “In late 2012, we were the first venture in Africa to market locally grown fortified rice to consumers and we are currently building a processing center that will …

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Africa Must Leapfrog its Way to the Future

THE CONVENTIONAL PATH FOR IMPROVING HEALTHCARE IS TO BUILD MORE HOSPITALS AND TRAIN MORE DOCTORS. BUT COULD AFRICA SPEED UP PROGRESS BY "HACKING" ITS WAY TO SUCCESS? Governments, NGOs and businesses spend billions of dollars across Africa building new hospitals and training new doctors. But currently, the doctor-patient ratio in many African countries is one-twentieth …

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12 Young Entrepreneurs Who Make Me Feel Optimistic About Nigeria’s Future

Not long ago I came across a picture on Facebook; it was the first item on my timeline. In the picture were three individuals: my Facebook friend, a successful and commendable African entrepreneur, and another individual. Alongside the picture was a caption, which celebrated "the individual," a beneficiary of a brutal military regime. The caption …

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The Development Costs of Homophobia

LONDON — As a gay man living in Nigeria, my biggest challenge was choosing between my sexuality and my job. In 2004, I was at the start of my acting career. I had just left university, and I was featured in “Roses and Thorns,” a prime-time soap opera on Galaxy Television, one of Nigeria’s most …

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Uganda’s Ticking Bomb

KAMPALA, Uganda — In March, the United States sent 150 Air Force Special Operations forces along with military aircraft to Uganda to help capture Joseph Kony, whose Lord’s Resistance Army has terrorized the country for decades. This was the first time American military planes were sent for use in the years-long search for him, though …

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