Many a times when Africa is in the news, the narrative has more often than not been negative. If it’s not poverty, it could be mass unemployment, youth restiveness and other negative indices. And while Africa has her own peculiar challenges, many of her success stories go unnoticed.
Africa and Africans are accomplishing great things all over the world in different works of life be it entertainment, literature, science, sports and so on. In as much as we still have a long way to go as Africans we must also learn to celebrate our high points.
Just recently the World Bank published the Ten fastest growing economies in the world for 2018 and six African countries made the list. Ghana, whose economy has been boosted by expansion in oil and gas lead the way with growth rate of 8.3% closely followed by Ethiopia with 8.2% growth rate, India 7.3%, Cote d’Ivoire 7.2%, Djibouti completes the top 5 at 7%.
Ethiopia’s rise is particularly remarkable considering the fact that ten years ago mobile phones were almost non-existent in Ethiopia despite it being fairly common in some parts of Africa and only about 24% of its population had access to electricity just five years ago.
While this is worth all the attention and rave reviews, it is hoped that more and more African economies can follow similar trajectory, the continent indeed will be better for it.