Africa in 2014: Prospects & Forecasts

Tuesday, 7 January 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Date & Time: Tuesday, 7 January 2014, 7-9PM
Venue: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London, Thornhaugh St, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

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Speakers: Lanre Akinola, Editor, This is Africa, The Financial Times; Razia Khan, Head of Regional Research, Africa, Standard Chartered; Yemisi Mokuolu, Hatch Africa; Patrick Smith, Editor, Africa Confidential/The Africa Report. Chair: Richard Dowden, Director, Royal African Society 

2014 is an important year for Africa. To reflect this, the RAS is holding its annual look-ahead with a panel of unrivaled expertise. 

Examining politics, economics, media & culture we will consider some pressing questions facing the continent in the coming year. 

With elections in economically and regionally influential South Africa and Libya, both countries face the prospect of political change. Can the ANC avoid a further shrinking of its majority? Will the election in Libya facilitate a peaceful post-Gaddafi settlement? 

Will we see a repeat of the international intervention that took place in Mali in the beleaguered Central African Republic? And how are nations reacting to militant Islam from Kenya to Nigeria? 

Is the continent likely to sustain its place as host to several of the world’s top 10 fastest growing economies?

Lastly, what is the role of the creative industries in the ‘Africa rising’ narrative? How is cultural self-confidence reflecting the political and economic trends in Africa?

The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

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