Within Africa is a yearning, a dream and an understanding that Africa is a giant, waiting to wake up and shake up the world. Over a billion people and growing stronger by day, and unparalleled resources.
Africa's economic woes once seemed intractable. Not anymore. Economies south of Sahara, long considered as the poster child of sluggish growth, have recently and suddenly surged, posting some of the world's most impressive growth rates.
Africa's rise is no longer just beginning - this is definitely an emerging region, despite the political conflicts occurring in Mali, the Central African Republic and elsewhere. Africa needs to manage its transformation through homegrown solutions.
South Africa's minister of finance delivered heartfelt remarks, reminding us that there are a billion lives that need to benefit from Africa's transformation. Little did I realize how swiftly and significantly Minister Gordhan's words would touch me.
In previous global downturns, sub-Saharan Africa has usually been badly affected -- but not this time around. But in sub-Saharan Africa, growth for the region as a whole has remained reasonably strong.
As Tunisia prepares for democratic elections, foremost in the minds of many Tunisians is the potential rise of Islamist political parties, and the fear that religious politicians will engineer a merger between mosque and state.