For many Africans, the past year has been marked by hardship caused by the Ebola outbreak and violent conflict in South Sudan, the Central African Republic or Nigeria.

Yet African entrepreneurs worked their way around obstacles, confirming the continent's attractiveness as one of the fastest-growing economic areas in the world.

Tunisia brought a tricky political transition to a close with democratic elections and Burkina Faso started its own peaceful revolution. In both countries, the people have shown that lifelong presidential terms were no longer acceptable.

Listen to the African retrospective