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Development and the Complications of Tech

Nigerian Afrobeats superstar, Davido posing for ad campaign for Transsion's Tecno line of popular phones. Photo via Tecno.

Today’s news presents a vivid, if sobering, glimpse into the complications of Chinese tech in Africa. The same company – Transsion – is both boosting African startups and allegedly allowing African consumers to be scammed. 

The discussion about the spread of Chinese technology in Africa is frequently framed within the wider discussion of U.S.-China tensions, not least because of the Trump administration’s pressure on Huawei, a company with a prominent presence on the continent. 

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