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AFRICA RISING

THE CONTINENT’S STARTUP SCENE IS CHANGING LIVES AND TRANSFORMING ECONOMIES

But inside is something far from ordinary: the center of West Africa’s burgeoning tech scene. On the walls, posters preach disruption: “Move fast and break things.” In rows of blue and orange desks, millennials are trying to do just that. Small groups huddle around laptops, discussing ideas for the next big tech company. One person is working on his digital marketing startup; another is teaching a child how to code. When they’re not working, many here take a break on the roof, which is layered with AstroTurf and often hosts barbecues for local tech geeks.

ACROSS THE STREET FROM A CHURCH AND IN FRONT OF A DILAPIDATED SCHOOL IS A GRIMY, SAND-COLORED BUILDING THAT LOOKS LIKE ANY OTHER HERE IN LAGOS, A PROMINENT NIGERIAN PORT CITY.

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