Sophie Bouillon

Sophie Bouillon is a journalist at AFP.

Border closure has mixed impact for Nigeria’s economy

The most visible winner from the closure is the Nigerian treasury, which has benefited from the falling cost of petrol subsidies

Nigerian migrants struggle to reintegrate after Libya ordeal

Many returnees suffer long-term mental and physical health problems as well as social stigma on returning to Nigeria

New look, old ways? Benin’s leader and the authoritarian past

Elected in 2016 by defeating the preferred successor of Thomas Boni Yayi, Patrice Talon won the top job without a traditional political power base

Nigeria counts cost of postponed presidential poll

The two main candidates — President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar — both called for calm as a one-week delay was announced

Privatise Nigeria’s oil industry? Easier said than done

Atiku Abubakar, the main opposition contender, has vowed to break up the Nigerian National Petroleum Company, which he called a "mafia organisation"

Nigeria’s new minimum wage: Too much to ask?

President Muhammadu Buhari may have spoken too soon when he backed an initiative to hike his country's minimum wage by a whopping two thirds

MTN affair casts shadow over Nigeria’s economy, say analysts

In a shock announcement last Wednesday, the Central Bank of Nigeria ordered MTN to repay $8.13-billion

Behind Benin’s cotton harvest, worries over ‘monopoly’

The sleepy town of Bohicon in southern-central Benin roars into life during the cotton harvest between January and March.

Child killed as anti-government protests rock Togo

As the opposition call to unseat President Faure Gnassingbé, demonstrations on both sides have intensified in the region

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Transport Month

An infrastructure-led recovery will help to stimulate demand in the South African economy, which is vital post the Covid-19 pandemic

Limpopo’s Economic Recovery Plan to fight Covid-19 impact

Billions have been set aside to help farmers and industries get back on their feet as part of the Limpopo Socio-Economic Recovery Plan

Disrupt the corrupt

Whistle-blowers should be seen as real heroes in the fight against corruption and we need a change in culture for this to happen

Corporates: A force for good for a sustainable future

In order to see people and nature thrive what is required is a strong focus on partnerships – we cannot act alone anymore

Combatting wildlife crime in Southern Africa activity annual programme statement (APS) No. 04

Concept papers are sought for implementating activities, for a multi-faceted programme that aims to reduce poaching and illegal trade in wildlife

The financial decisions made during your life journey, and their impact on your retirement outcome

The longer you save towards retirement the larger your retirement savings are expected to be due to the effect of compounding interest

In conversation with SA Reserve Bank Governer, Lesetja Kganyago

'Make interest rates zero and inflation goes up and then people save less – we need savings to fund investment in this country'

Secure your business from cyber threats

Many business-grade security systems now have built-in learning systems and AI to help businesses stay up to date with protection

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