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Lifting the Curse of Oil

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 14 July 2012

How can African countries make the most of their new oil finds? Or could the oil be a curse, if it brings corruption and environmental damage flying in its wake?

Lesley Curwen's guests are Paul Adong Deng, Managing Director of Nile Petroleum Corporation, South Sudan's national oil company; Rolake Akinkugbe, an oil and gas specialist from Ecobank, which operates across 32 countries in Africa; and Dr Keith Myers, of Richmond Energy Partners, he's worked with BP and Norway's Statoil and now advises some of the largest funds and institutions investing in oil and gas in Africa.

Plus we hear about Africa's booming entertainment industries - but does comedy translate between Europe and Africa? Our in-house comedian, Colm O'Regan finds out the hard way.

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