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Commission for Africa: African voices
BBC News website asked Africans living on the continent for their thoughts on the UK-led Commission for Africa's final report.

Godwin Obinna Emejuobi (Port Harcourt, Nigeria)
Godwin Emejuobi:
Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Kasozi Ibrahim Lubega (Kampala, Uganda)
Kasozi Lubega:
Kampala, Uganda

Ousman Njie (Cairo, Egypt)
Ousman Njie:
Cairo, Egypt

Samantha Smit (Lusaka, Zambia)
Samantha Smit:
Lusaka, Zambia
Iqbal Jhazbhay (Pretoria, South Africa)
Iqbal Jhazbhay:
Pretoria, South Africa

Yared Mussie (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
Yared Mussie:
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Trevor Simumba (Freetown, Sierra Leone)
Trevor Simumba:
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Amboka Wameyo (Arusha, Tanzania)
Amboka Wameyo:
Arusha, Tanzania

The UK-led Commission for Africa is urging wealthy nations to double their aid to the continent, raising it by 30bn ($50bn) a year over 10 years.

Their final report, published today, calls for debts to be cancelled, trade barriers to be lifted and for African leaders eradicate corruption and promote good governance.

The commission was set up by UK Prime Minister Tony Blair who has described the situation in Africa as "a scar on the conscience of the world".

At the launch in February 2004 Mr Blair said: "Africa is the only continent to have grown poorer in the past 25 years Forty-four million children do not go to school; millions, as you know, die through famine, or disease, or conflict; and Africa risks being left even further behind."

One of the commission's objectives was to understand and help fulfil African aspirations for the future by listening to Africans.

The BBC News website asked eight Africans about their views on the commission.

We asked what issues were most important to them and what changes they want. We wanted to know what they thought the continent's problems were and how they felt they could be solved.

We also want to know what you think so please send us your views using the forms below the eight contributions.

The reader's panel has been selected from as wide a cross-section of people as possible and may not be representative of wider African public opinion.

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