In the last 10 years, Africa has become one of the most dynamic regions in the world. A combination of natural and human resources has fuelled huge investments from both traditional and emerging powers. As the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) kicks off in Yokotama in Japan, South2North takes a look at how Africa can best benefit from its current economic boom. And we ask: Can Africa turn this boom into a repeat of Asia’s economic miracle? Redi Tlhabi talks to Dr Ibrahim Mayaki, the former prime minister of Niger and current head of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).