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We thought it would be relevant to share our "eight big questions" for Africa in 2012: (1) Can the continent withstand continuing volatility in commodity prices? (2) Will a series of major elections cause seismic shifts or entrench the status quo? (3) Will North Africa’s wave of anti-government protests shift southwards? (4) Can Kenya come through a pivotal year unscathed? (5) With a mandate to govern, can Nigeria’s new government implement positive and sustainable reforms? (6) Will there be a leadership challenge in South Africa? (7) Will Asian companies continue to make the running in Africa? (8) Can East Africa meaningfully integrate? We have analysis of these eight big questions on our blog, and would love to further any discussion regarding them.