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By Joe Brock JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Falling commodity prices, political upheaval and simmering conflict are exposing the differing fortunes of Africa's economies, undermining the idea that the continent of a billion people is on one collective ascent. Sub-Saharan Africa has achieved annual growth of more than 5 percent over the last decade, and foreign investment has more than quadrupled over the same period, feeding the popular catch phrase that Africa is 'rising'. "'Africa Rising' served a purpose because it alerted people who weren't interested in Africa before to the opportunities," said Simon Freemantle, senior economist at Johannesburg-based Standard Bank, Africa's largest bank by assets. "It is useful to move away from that now and give each country individual attention and accept that some will build on success and others will fall back." For now, Africa's growth remains more disparate than any other region in the world.