Around 650,000 children in Senegal have no access to schooling, although education is compulsory according to the country's constitution. Many who do get a chance to study are determined to make the most of it. A report from the outskirts of Dakar.
A group of young African rappers is challenging the use of the common currency, saying the CFA franc is a remnant of colonialism and should be abolished. But members of the African elite don't seem interested in change.
Some African players have become very politically influential to the point of winning presidential elections — such as Liberian President George Weah. Could footballers succeed where politicians have failed?
Samson Omale is among the many journalists from all over the world covering the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He'll be sending regular blog entries and sharing his thoughts about the action on and off the pitch.
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