Oil is about everything

As thousands of angry Nigerians took to the streets to protest against 30% hikes in fuel price recently, across West Africa some of the world's poorest were also feeling the pinch, struggling to cope with the record-breaking cost of crude and its knock-on effect on basic goods. Oil prices rocketed from about $40 at the beginning of the year to reach a record high of more than $70 on August 30 this year.

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