It has been, for lack of a better word, an interesting week that brought  a mixed bag of news.

Apr. 21: we reported that wealth in Africa is growing, that there is a large number of millionaires, that their number is growing very fast especially in East Africa, that from 2015 to 2016 the fastest growth in the number of millionaires was recorded in Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam, Kampala and Nairobi, and that these four cities are expected to have the fastest growth in the number of millionaires over the next ten years.

This is pretty good news.

Apr. 23: the news of the day were predominantly good. Internet was restored in Cameroon ( ) , Malawi launched a comprehensive plan to fight wildlife crimes ( ), Mauritius was identified as the wealthiest African country on a per capita basis ( ), and it was reported that to solve its ongoing problems South Sudan was working on constitutional reforms ( ). There was every reason to be optimistic, until media reported that there was a terrorist alert in Dar es Salaam ( ).

Apr. 24: the news varies on a scale that goes from bad to utterly depressing. The fiscal deficit of Angola, Equatorial Guinea and Uganda is getting out of control and World Bank fears that it may derail their ability to make progress on their developmental path ( ); as mosquitos become drug-resistant, fighting malaria becomes increasingly harder ( ); electoral violence threatens Kenya and analysts fear that it may slow down its economy ( ). The worst news from the day came from South Sudan where the opposition claims that government forces are wiping out non-Dinka communities ( ).

Apr. 25: The news of the day was rather positive. Africa’s art scene is very dynamic ( ), African artists are getting global exposure ( ), and African governments plan to join the race to space as it may  yield developmental dividends ( ).

Apr. 26: Tanzania expels a UN diplomat ( ).

Apr. 27: The week ended with predominantly bad news. There are allegations that human rights are being violated in Zimbabwe ( ), South Africa denounces that former Zimbabwean soldiers are responsible for the wave of criminality that is sweeping the country ( ) and in South Sudan the freedom of the press, like in so many other African countries, is decreasing ( ). In Liberia a strange, so far unidentified, disease killed several people ( ).

Riccardo Pelizzo