Putting together a list of 100 people from a continent of 54 countries will always get a newsroom into heated debate, especially in Africa where you have more inspirational figures than the continent is generally credited for. So, on the following pages (in no particular order), you have a limited selection of the movers and shakers on the continent, people with an increasing global influence, those whose actions and words can move markets and sway decisions. Influence can be positive or negative. But we feel there are many more positive trends on the continent than negative, and as such the majority of those on the list we call "Proudly African".
With Nigerian oil production once again on the move we reveal how Big Oil has left the Niger Delta in the lurch.
How Africa can own its natural resources. It is now generally accepted that Africa is the richest continent in the world by natural resources but the poorest by bank balance. This “great conundrum” has been made possible by a skewed world economic and political order that ensures that African resources are exploited for a song by multinational companies which leave very little back in Africa for the development of the continent, so little that there is never enough to run the African economies without foreign aid. This month we probe the hows and whys of the great African puzzle of abundant resources in the midst of poverty, and how the continent can rewrite the world economic order by employing a revolutionary way in owning its resources. This lead piece, in our multi-part cover story, is written by our editor, Baffour Ankomah.
New evidence shows that Britain accepted liability for slavery back in 1806. How will this affect the reparations movement?
Preview of the 2012 Africa Nations Cup including this year's players to watch, tournament venues and group stage analysis.