Africa is not a country. This might come as a surprise to some. Africa is home to 54 different nations and more than 2,000 languages.
Guess where four of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies are located? Africa.
However, Africa is often lazily painted, particularly by the Western media, with a sweeping stroke of doom and gloom.
Of course, Africa has issues with poverty and inequality. What continent does not have such issues? The world’s largest economy, the United States, is the fourth most unequal country in the world, according to OECD’s study “In It Together: Why Less Inequality Benefits All”, right behind Chile, Mexico and Turkey. No African country is in the top ten of the world’s most unequal countries.
Foreign aid represents only 2% of Africa’s GDP.
Africa has 22 Nobel laureates from nine different countries.
More than one in three Africans is middle class.
Africa has had seven female presidents, while the United States might get its first female President if Hillary Clinton wins the next election. Rwanda has the highest proportion of female parliamentarians in the world – 64%.
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