FT SURVEY|Africa’s getting richer, Nigeria is Under-Performing. What are you feeling?


The rise in the income of African countries is now a familiar story, but at the same time people complain that they’re not benefiting.

One problem is that the continent’s population is also increasing meaning that income per person is not increasing so rapidly.

There is also the issue of how the new-found wealth is being used.

Research by the London-based Legatum Institute and reported by the Financial Times suggests that what it terms “prosperity” has not improved in many countries.

It measures this by looking at a host of variables measuring things like entrepreneurship, health and education.

Some countries like Kenya, South Africa, Rwanda, Mozambique and Cameroon do appear to be doing well.

But Nigeria, Angola and Sudan – among others – are under-performing.



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