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Bushman rock art & paintings

The rock art represents one of the longest-enduring traditions of art making known to man and is recognized as holding deep spiritual and religious meaning to the San. The art is usually a depiction of hunting scenes, religious beliefs, commercial life, dancing and their everyday struggle to survive. See more of their art in out gallery here.


5 things you didn’t know about Africa's economy

1. Africa is booming

Africa has been the second-fastest-growing region in the world over the past 10 years, with average annual growth of 5.1 per cent over the past decade. Poverty is also on the retreat, consumers are begining to direct more than half their income to things other than food and shelter.

2. Africa is poised to have the largest labour force in the world

By 2035, Africa's labour force will be bigger than that of any individual country in the world, which offers the continent a chance to reap a demographic dividend, using its young and growing workers to boost economic growth.

3. African workers are better educated than ever before

Today 40 per cent of Africans have some secondary or tertiary education. By 2020, it will be nearly half.

4. With a few reforms, massive job growth is within Africa's reach

The experience of other emerging economies shows that Africa could accelerate its creation of stable jobs dramatically. When they were at a similar stage of development as Africa today, Thailand, South Korea and Brazil generated jobs at double or triple the rate of Africa's. This would lift millions more Africans out of poverty and vault millions of others into the consuming class. Africa's most developed economies, such as South Africa, Morocco and Egypt, are on track to create more wage-paying jobs than new entrants to the workforce. Three sectors have a proven capacity to create jobs and can do so in the future: agriculture, manufacturing, and retail and hospitality.

5. Africa can become the world's bread basket

Africa has about 60 per cent of the world's unused cropland, providing it with a golden opportunity to simultaneously develop its agricultural sector and reduce unemployment. On current trends, African agriculture is on course to create 8 million wage-paying jobs between now and 2020.

This is an edited version of a piece in Foreign Policy. Susan Lund is a principal at the McKinsey Global Institute, the business and economics research arm of McKinsey & Co. Arend Van Wamelen is a principal in McKinsey's Johannesburg office


Ghollywood - Ghana's Film Industry

Following in the footsteps of Nigeria, Ghana also has a thriving film industry referred to as Ghollywood. Since the early 1980s, formally untrained people of various backgrounds took ordinary video cameras, wrote brief scripts, assembled actors and produced full feature films which became successful in Ghana. With help from the GFIC (Ghana Film Industry Corporation) the industry gradually grew in quality and in quantity, releasing an average of 50 video movies per year since the 1990s. Famous actors from Ghollywood include Van Vicker, Kofi Ajorlolo, Nadia Buari and Jackie Appiah.


Word of the day - Isicathamiya

Isicathamiya is a South African form of traditional music which developed in the mines in the mid 1900s associated primarily with Zulu culture. Also known as Mbube, the best way to describe the music would be that it's an African form of acapella. Black workers were taken from their homes and families by rail to work in the mines far away. Poorly housed and badly paid, the miners would entertain themselves after a 6 day week and sing till the wee hours of Sunday morning. When the miners came back home this musical tradition returned with them. Groups like Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Dlamini King Brothers, King Star Brothers and many more have taken this part of their culture and made a successful musical career from it.


Soccer in Cameroon

Soccer is the most popular sport in Cameroon by far. Virtually every village in Cameroon has a soccer pitch with numbers of supporters for their respective villages. The Cameroon National football team gained recognition after their strong showing at the 1990 FIFA World Cup. They have boasted great soccer stars like Roger Milla; who was one of the first African players to be a major international star and now the likes of Rigobert Song, Lauren Etame Mayer and Samuel Eto’o.


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