Happy (?) birthday Guinea
There were celebrations in Guinea yesterday as the country marked its 50th birthday. Guinea was the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to declare independence from the French empire. Several regional heads of state attended the festivities.
Radio France International had a look back (in French) at Guinea's first half century of independence, as well as interviews with Guineans of all sorts.
In August 1958, future Guinean leader Sékou Touré famously told the visiting French President de Gaulle that Guineans "preferred poverty in liberty over prosperity in slavery."
As this BBC analysis points out, the promise was only half delivered. The first 50 years have given Guineans plenty of poverty but precious little liberty.