Our image of Africa is hopelessly obsolete

According to Ian Birrell from The Observer, the huge advances the continent has made in recent years have yet to be acknowledged by the west. The continent is on the edge of economic takeoff similar to those seen so dramatically in China and India. For all the problems that still exist, a recent survey found investors in Africa are overwhelmingly positive, while those not there are unfailingly negative. These anachronistic attitudes reflect the west's myopic view, but we cannot afford to cling on to them in a world changing so fast. It is time to recognise the emergence of the new Africa. To continue reading this article, click here.

The way it was: Bob Geldof in Ethiopia in 1985 (Photo: Rex Features)

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