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Cover story: Africa enters the metaverse

Business Intelligence 4 News and deals from around Africa Cover story: Africa and the metaverse 14 Can Africa enter the metaverse? Special reports 30 Transport and logistics: Overcoming pandemic upheaval 48 Rwanda: 18-page focus on the country’s growth prospects Focus on Namibian resources 42 Namibia hits first oil 44 Namibia eyes green hydrogen future Opinion 20 EU’s Africa pledges fall short 22 Africa must learn to compete with Chinese firms 24 How lopsided trade agreements harm Africa

Features 26 SAA and Kenya Airways go into partnership 28 Ghana slams ratings agencies 34 Nigerian growth grinds to a halt 36 Interview: Slim Feriani,

CEO, Djibouti Sovereign Fund 38 China tightens grip on

Africa’s lithium 46 Nigerian punters bet big on Afcon

Countryfiles 66 Nigeria: Can farmers repay their loans? 68 DRC: Mystery over coup plot Obituary 70 Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, Governor, Bank of Uganda Book review 72 A Bigger Picture by Vanessa Nakate

Editor’s View 74 Kenya slams invasion of Ukraine

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