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OMFIF Press and Quantum Global announce the winner of cover art competition

9 December 2015, Zug/London - Shivani Shah, a Kenyan pharmacist and amateur artist, has won the Africa-wide competition to design the front cover of the forthcoming book The Convergence of Nations: Why Africa’s time is now, by Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais, published by OMFIF Press.

The Convergence of Nations

The book is an international compilation of analysis and opinion on the continent’s kaleidoscopic political, economic and social realities. Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais, founder of Quantum Global, leads a team of 31 experts from across the continent in illuminating Africa’s opportunities and challenges. 

In the artist’s own words, describing her work Reflections and Connections, ‘The use of red symbolises man’s most primitive instincts of self-preservation; gold and silver evoke the tremendous wealth found throughout Africa; and the 3-D effect of the wires shows the increasing importance of the internet and mobile technology.’

Commenting on the art competition, Mr Bastos de Morais said, “Through her artwork Shivani Shah conveys the vibrance and creativity inherent to African artists. Her work stood out amid 52 excellent submissions by artists from 15 African countries who took part in this inaugural art competition. Our goal is to encourage and incentivise the development of this nascent source of wealth in the Continent.”  

The artwork will appear of the front cover of The Convergence of Nations book and will be exhibited at the book launch in London.

A panel discussion on Africa’s future will take place on 10 December in London followed by a reception to mark the launch of the book. To attend the launch please contact Nikki Macmillan at nikki.macmillan@omfif.org or call +44 (0)20 3008 5205.

The book will be available to purchase at www.omfif.org/shop and selected retailers. For further information please contact publishing@omfif.org.



Praise for The Convergence of Nations:

As always, Africa must aim high. This time we can and we will achieve our aims.

This expertly written book will heighten international understanding of and interest in our continent. This is a compellingly realistic summary of all the big themes affecting Africa’s future, and I warmly commend it.

Dr Akinwumi Adesina

President, African Development Bank


A concise volume on Africa reflecting on the most relevant issues, from human capital to financial capital, from social infrastructure to physical infrastructure, from dreams to pathways. A must read for all who are passionate about helping Africa achieve its full potential. After all, Africa's potential is humanity's potential!

Jingdong Hua

Vice President and Treasurer, International Finance Corporation


At a time when risks elsewhere have been growing – whether in China, Europe or Latin America – this book spells out how, for once, Africa could be a winner. Of course, the precondition is that the continent tackles its problems of corruption, weak governance and misallocation of resources.

Jacques de Larosière

Former Managing Director, International Monetary Fund


The book’s title aptly identifies two fundamental imperatives needed to drive Africa’s development. Africa’s inclusive socio-economic transformation requires convergence of international ideas, initiatives, resources and shared vision. The book provides an invaluable new vista for the continent’s future prosperity. I commend it highly.

Linah K. Mohohlo

Governor, Bank of Botswana



Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais is founder of the Quantum Global Group (www.quantumglobal.ch) and the Africa Innovation Foundation (www.africaninnovation.org). For enquiries relating to Jean-Claude Bastos De Morais, please contact Mark Morley, Group Head of Communications at Quantum Global at mark.morley@quantumglobal.ch.

OMFIF Press is the publishing arm of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum, an independent platform for international financial dialogue and research.

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