With so much going on in the world it is easy to overlook stories so today I will try to redress the balance with a few words on West Africa. It is the most populous country in Africa, and given its rich oil/mineral wealth, should be one of the richest, alas many decades of wealth mismanagement (that is putting it diplomatically) has meant the country has never been able to raise-up, establish and solidify a middle class on a scale that would provide tax revenue that would in turn feed development. It would be wonderful to sit here and state

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