The following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect African markets on Thursday. - - - - - GLOBAL MARKETS Asian stocks gained on Thursday after Wall Street brushed aside strong U.S. inflation data and surged, in a move that also saw the dollar pinned at two-week lows even as Treasury yields jumped in anticipation of more rapid U.S. interest rate hikes. WORLD OIL PRICES Oil prices on Thursday extended gains from the previous session, pushed up by a weak dollar and by comments from Saudi Arabia that it would rather see an undersupplied market than end a deal with OPEC and Russia to withhold production. SOUTH AFRICA MARKETS South Africa's rand jumped more than 1 percent to its firmest since June 2015 and bonds hit a one-week best on Wednesday after the ruling African National Congress (ANC) said it would proceed with a vote to remove President Jacob Zuma from office. NIGERIA MARKETS Nigeria has raised 176 billion naira ($576 million) worth of treasury bills at an auction on Wednesday, traders said. NIGERIA INFLATION Annual inflation in Nigeria slowed for the 12th month in a row in January to 15.13 percent, compared with 15.37 percent in December, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on Wednesday. KENYA MARKETS The Kenyan shilling KES= fell against the dollar on Wednesday amid ample liquidity in the money markets which sent overnight rates on the interbank market further down, traders said. KENYA GROWTH FORECAST Kenya's economy is likely to grow 5.8 percent this year, recovering from drought and political uncertainty that pushed growth down to an estimated 4.8 percent in 2017, the finance ministry said. GHANA INFLATION Ghana's annual consumer price inflation eased to 10.3 percent in January from 11.8 percent the previous month, the statistics office said on Wednesday. ZIMBABWE OPPOSITION LEADER Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai died on Wednesday after a long battle with cancer, casting his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party into the unknown less than three months after the army ousted long-time ruler Robert Mugabe. ANGOLA BUDGET Angolan lawmakers on Wednesday approved a 9.6 trillion kwanza ($45.69 billion) state budget for this year forecasting 4.9 percent economic growth, well beyond the 1.6 percent expected by the International Monetary Fund.