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The emergence of Africa is at the heart of a great many debates and arouses many passions in Africa and elsewhere. But what is meant by this emergence? And what is the sense of this catch-all concept that we come across time and again in ministerial discourse and the speeches of political leaders? Each country is developing its plan to become “emergent” by 2020-2030. Sometimes in an almost folkloric atmosphere: for example, the walking stick of a convalescent Head of State — President Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire — was dubbed the “emergent walking stick” of West Africa … And its owner was the first person to laugh!


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