Nigeria is popularly referred to as the giant of Africa. She is also known to be one of the richest countries of Africa. Nigeria is as well, the country with the largest economy in Africa. But it’s quite surprising that according to the latest Legatum Institute Africa Prosperity Report released by the Cable News Network(CNN), Nigeria was not found among the ten most prosperous Africa countries. According to the report, the research and conclusions made were based on factors such as economy, education, and health. It would have been manageable if Nigeria made it to the list but is not at the top than that she was not at all mentioned. In fact, you will be the more surprised to get to know the number one country in this list.
Senegal ranks as the continent’s 10th most prosperous nation, according to Legatum Institute’s 2014 Africa Prosperity Report, up nine places since 2012. Her main industries include food processing, mining, cement, artificial fertilizer, chemicals, textiles, refining imported petroleum, and tourism. Exports include fish, chemicals, cotton, fabrics, groundnuts, and calcium phosphate. The principal foreign market is India while other foreign markets include the United States, Italy and the United Kingdom. Senegal spends almost 6% of her GDP on education. Education is compulsory and free up to the age of 16. Though there is still a large room for improvements, Senegal is doing commendably well to be considered among the top ten most prosperous African countries.
9. Burkina Faso
Agriculture represents 32% of its gross domestic product and occupies 80% of the working population. Burkina Faso has significant reserves of gold, but cotton is the economic mainstay for many Burkinabes. The country is also very rich in other mineral resources such as iron, tin ore, etc. The total fertility rate of Burkina Faso is 5.93 children born per woman (2014 estimates), the sixth highest in the world. Burkina Faso wasn’t making it to this list some years ago but, having risen by five places since 2012, she ranks ninth in this latest report. However, Burkina Faso is one of the countries with the highest rate of illiteracy.
Rwanda’s economic freedom score is 64.8, making its economy the 65th freest in the 2015 Index. Rwanda is ranked 4th out of 46 countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa region, and its score exceeds the world average. It is one of the countries which is on track in fulfilling the 4th and 5th Millennium Development Goals. In terms of the maternal mortality ratio,it reduced from 1,400 deaths per 100,000 live births in 1990 to 320 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2013. The government provides free education in state-run schools for nine years: six years in primary and three years following a common secondary programme. Rwanda was ranked the eighth most prosperous African nation.
A significant growth has been noticed in Ghana’s economy since 2012 and after that, it has been forward ever. Currently, Ghana’s economy is growing at the commendable rate of 6%. The West African nation was ranked seventh in the prosperity rankings and was considered the second safest nation on the continent.
People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, is a country in North Africa on the Mediterranean coast. Algeria’s economy is largely based on hydrocarbons, due to which manufacturing has suffered from Dutch disease. The country supplies large amounts of natural gas to Europe, and energy exports are the backbone of the economy. According to OPEC. Algeria has the 17th largest reserves of oil in the world. The country, where 93% of respondents have a cell phone, topped the economy index, and is ranked the sixth most prosperous nation in Africa.