-The Richest Country in Africa 2021

The African continent remains the second-largest continent after Asia and the second most populated continent, with an estimated population of 1.8 billion. Africa is blessed with substantial natural resources, from plantations, minerals, water bodies, oil, and gas.

The continent’s economy is mainly dependent on agriculture, trade, and natural resources. However, it’s regarded as a country with rich natural resources but with its residents being the poorest in the world according to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita. Many of the countries in Africa are wallowing in extreme poverty, looking at World Bank’s economic indicators for poverty.

Despite all the unstable economic nature widely known by the world, some African countries have emerged on top of their economic development index.

Countries like Nigeria, Egypt, South Africa, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Algeria, Morocco, Angola, and Kenya, which is not in any particular order but according to the projections from International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, the aforementioned African countries are deemed wealthy based on the rate of their GDPs.

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On top of these countries is Nigeria, which is regarded as the richest country in Africa. As per African Celebs, it’s currently having an estimated GDP of 514.049 billion US dollars which is the highest among all the African countries as of 2021. Nigeria is also the most populous county in Africa, with its population revolving around 211 million. Its vast population may have contributed to its large economy in Africa.

The Richest Country in Africa 2021

The country is endowed with rich culture, natural resources, industries, and productive film industry, resulting in its emergence in the global market. Ranking on top in Africa’s economy, the country has also been ranked number 27 in the world based on its GDP figures and 25 in the world by its purchasing power parity (PPP).

The country’s economy has been the fastest-growing one from its petroleum industry since the latter parts of 1960. The increase in price in the petroleum sector contributed to the rise in the economy since the country is notable for its leadership in oil production. It helped in transportation, manufacturing, communication, technology, construction, and government services.

However, the country is ranked low for its Human Development Index (HDI) because the agricultural sector has become stagnant. Most of its rural residents who focused on primary agriculture relocated to the urban areas, with corruption erupting in the country since the 90s. Today few people occupying about one-fifth of the population make a living from agricultural production. Due to the increasing population, the land has deteriorated with inferior silos and restrictions imposed on the size of farmlands accessible to families.

Dealing with the agricultural instability, the country’s government decided to make serval state-owned enterprises owned by private individuals. The communication, power, and transportation sectors were entrusted in the hands of private stakeholders, which enhanced quality services and began running smoothly and successfully with less dependence on the government.

Although Nigeria has been facing fluctuations in its oil production, it has been able to keep up with the global economy. It’s not surprising that Aliko Dangote, who is famously known as the richest person in Africa, is from Nigeria.

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-Top 10 hottest African countries

For more than 20 years, tourism has become vital to African economies. Millions of tourists from the western world are exploring Africa every single year. Many national parks, lakes, beaches, deserts, and animal resorts are not seen anywhere else.

Following are ten African countries that are must-see.

10. Malawi

If you enjoy lake tourism, then Lake Malawi is the right choice. In countries like Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania, Lake Malawi is the third-largest lake on the African continent. They form part of the African Great Lake system, and its age is believed to be at one or two million years. Most tourists visit the Malawi side of the lake, and There’s also Lake Nyasa in Tanzania and Lago Niassa in Mozambique. One interesting fact about Lake Malawi is that it is more home to fish than any other lake on Earth.

9. Mozambique

Bazaruto Archipelago Marine Park is the main tourist attraction in Mozambique. It is home to a group of islands with some of the more beautiful beaches in Africa. They also have white-sand beaches backed by coconut palms and dunes, these islands are famous for their excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities. The park protects a thriving coral reef system, and the turquoise water is warm and clear.

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8. Kenya

Kenya is best the name is almost synonymous with the word “safari.” The diversity of things to do in Kenya dazzles all who visit and viewing the country’s abundant wildlife tops the list. See the wildebeest thundering across the savanna during the Great Migration in the Maasai Mara; come eye-to-eye with elephants in Amboseli; or marvel at Lake Nakuru, flecked with thousands of flamingos.

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7. Tunisia

Facing Europe’s Mediterranean coastline, Tunisia is Africa’s most northern country.  Tunisia It is a gorgeous, sun-soaked destination, where European and Arab influences blend. Home to beautiful beaches on the Mediterranean Sea, the country is a popular vacation destination for Europeans seeking winter sun. Another great spot is the island Djerba is a perfect spot to indulge.

6. Rwanda

Rwanda is now the most popular destination in East Africa. Paul Kagame has transformed the place that is favoured by many tourists. Some of Volcanoes National Park is where the treks to see these majestic primates take place. You cannot just go on your own but must join a guided trip that requires a permit.

5. Morocco

Morocco’s attractions offer an eye-opening taste of the exotic, with snake charmers and conjurers souks piled high with hordes of treasures and endless glasses of mint tea. It’s also an adventure into some of North Africa’s most stunning scenery, with the desert on its doorstep and the craggy heights of the Atlas Mountains beyond. Morocco is also a journey into a timeless, tranquil world of cute coastal villages, colourful-painted towns that cling to hillsides, and remote outposts defended by fairy-tale adobe forts.

4. Zimbabwe

Most of Zimbabwe’s top attractions are found outside the main cities and are therefore considered relatively safe. Hwange National Park is the oldest and largest of Zimbabwe’s game reserves. The Hwange elephant population is believed to be one of the largest in the world. In Zimbabwe’s far west corner, the Zambezi River marks the border with Zambia.

3. Egypt

Home of the ancient Pharaohs, Egypt is a destination full of dazzling temples and tombs that wow all who visit. With vast tracts of desert adventures, the Red Sea’s world-class coral reefs and wrecks for divers, and cruising on the famed Nile River, there are plenty of things to do for all types of travellers. Beach lovers head to the Sinai or the Red Sea Coast to soak up the sun, while archaeology fans will have a field day in Luxor. Cairo is the megalopolis that can’t be beaten for city slickers, while Siwa oasis and the southern town of Aswan offer a slice of the slow pace of the countryside.

2. Tanzania

Tanzania is home to many of Africa’s most famous national parks and natural attractions, including Mount Kilimanjaro. Most visitors will find themselves passing through Dar es Salaam and heading out to the wilderness areas and other destinations. The land is made of small beautiful islands. For those who want to spend some time soaking up the sun, the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar beckon.

1. South Africa

In South Africa, you’ll find classic African scenery: golden savannah, incredible gaping gorges, and hauntingly beautiful deserts, as well as an awe-inspiring cast of African creatures. Apart from the big-name game parks of Kruger and the Kgalagadi (Kalahari) Transfrontier Park, South Africa is home to some of the world’s most luxurious private game reserves and lodges.

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Tsitsikamma National Park, Suspension bridge in South Africa – Top 10 hottest African countries

Wildlife lovers come here from all corners of the globe searching for the “Big Five”: lion, buffalo, leopard, rhino, and elephant, and often they find it, and so much more.

So these are the Hottest countries in Africa, if you visit South-Africa then you should visit some of the above-mentioned Countries surely.

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HISTORY OF AFCON

Now that the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations is just around the corner let’s remember the birth of football in Africa.
Started in June 1956 at the FIFA congress in Lisbon.

The first African Cup of Nations was held the following year in Sudan, but it included only four nations: Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, and South Africa. South Africa was struggling with the worldwide boycott due to its apartheid regime, which also explains why their team consisted of only white players.

The country was hence disqualified, leaving Ethiopia to the final match to play against Egypt. In the end, Egypt was the first champion. Egypt –as the winning team – hosted the next cup and won a second time.

The third AFCON was held in Addis Ababa with nine teams competing for qualification. The final four consisted of Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Tunisia with Ethiopia winning the cup.

The 1960s marked the entrance of Ghana into the games. Their first appearance was in 1963, where they won against Sudan and became the champion for the first time. Two years later, they competed with a completely different team, yet they managed to win again.

In 1968, the quota of the final tournament was increased from 4 to 8 with 22 teams competing for qualification. Once qualified, the eight teams competed for the semifinals in two separate groups of four. The four winning teams then competed for the grand finale. DRC was the winner of 1968 after beating Ghana.

The matches were aired on TV for the first time in 1970. The 70s was the decade of the first time. The 1974 Cup was the first and only time the final game had to be repeated because the first game ended up in a tie.

Morocco won for the first time in 1976 while Ghana won for the third time in 1978. This victory made Ghana the first nation to win three championships. Also, DRC became the first African nation to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in 1974.

During the 1980s, Cameroon made a significant breakthrough, winning two of the five games and reaching the final in a third cup. Algeria was also dominant, reaching the semifinals in almost all of the games except the AFCON in 1986. They eventually won in 1990.

The 1990s was a turning point in AFCON because the concept of the quarterfinals was introduced, for which 12 teams qualified. Ivory Coast was the first winner of this new system.

Another major event of the 90s was the revival of South Africa since they made their first appearance after the boycott was lifted with the end of Apartheid in 1994. South Africa hosted the games in 1996, where the final tournament quota was increased to 16. They won the competition that year and reached the final the following year.

During the late 90s and the 00s, Egypt outshined by winning three more titles and having six in total. Egypt was also the first team to win three times in a row in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

The 2000s was also the beginning of signing overseas players for the African teams; however, this caused severe time conflicts as the other continental football matches clashed with AFCON. Starting from 2013, the tournament has been held in only odd-numbered years to avoid time conflicts with the World Cup.

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There were several political conflicts in Africa in the 2010s that disrupted the tournament. The civil wars in North Africa prevented their teams from either hosting or joining the cups. Besides, the 2015 game suffered a few relocations and delays due to the Ebola virus epidemic.
Currently, AFCON continues without further disruption. The 2019 game going on in Egypt. Has 24 teams instead of 16.

 

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Congratulations are in order!

Regina Daniels has been appointed as ambassador of the Super Eagles supporters club. According to sources, this is not because  his billionaire husband, Ned Nwoko intervened for her.

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It is believed that she has been very active and contributed immensely over the years. Initially, people thought it was just another speculation. However, the letter below posted on the husbands Instagram page appears to be the club’s president Mr. Okumagba’s signature.

What everyone wants to know is that, was this letter really issued before the AFCON games in Egypt ?

 

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Most people have seen Regina Daniels’s participation in Children’s Day festival photos and videos, apparently, this is not the first time she has been involved with other children programs

 

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Ghanaian women are the third most beautiful ladies in Africa, according to ranking site Ranker. They were beaten to the top spot by Somalia and Djibouti in that order, suggesting Somalian ladies are the most beautiful on the Continent.

 

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After Ghana are Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Morocco, Kenya, Kenya, Rwanda and Seychelles – all fall within the first 10 African countries ranked according to beauty. At the bottom of the 54-nation beauty ranking is the Central African Republic.

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This suggests women from the CAR are the least beautiful on the Continent. Apart from the CAR, the others at the bottom 10 include: Republic of Congo, 53; Swaziland, 52; Guinea Bissau, 51; Burkina Faso, 50; Equatorial Guinea, 49; Lesotho, 48; Malawi, 47; Chad, 46 and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), 45.

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Voting is done by visitors who click a ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ icon placed right by pictures of national beauty queens of each of country. Miss Ghana 2013, Naa Okailey Shooter’s photo is the picture attached to Ghana’s spot. The more likes clicked by the site’s visitors – based on the picture they see – the higher a country climbs in the ranking.

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Today, Thursday, 30th May, 2019, The Ghana Black Stars and their officials met with President Akufo-Addo ahead of AFCON at Jubilee House.

They visited the president before leaving Egypt for the upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament. Nana Akufo-Addo has pledged to support them throughout the games.

Tomorrow Friday,  the team will be having dinner before leaving.

Multi-Award Winning Ghanaian actress, singer, Best Female Vocal Performance and songwriter Efya will be performing for them.

 

The Black Stars Squad are set to leave for Dubai to train for few days before the 2019 AFCON.

Wishing them all best!

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Nollywood Actress, Rita Dominic will be one of the front liners for the first ever Intra Africa Trade Fair (IATF) set to take place in Cairo, Egypt from the 11th-17th of December.

The gorgeous Nollywood Actress took to her twitter with the message below

”Very excited and honored to be a part of this first of it’s kind Intra Africa trade fair. Creative Africa is coming of age and I am so happy we are a part of this great push to transform our continent. #IATF2018 December 11 – 17 Cairo Egypt. #Investors #Stakeholders”

Intra-African Trade Fair, also announced on their Facebook page that:

African Export Import Bank – Afreximbank is delighted to announce the appointment of award-winning actress, and African super star, Ms Rita Dominic, as an IATF Goodwill Ambassador. Ms Dominic was a guest at our Engagement Session in Abuja, where this photo was taken. She will be promoting what the IATF 2018 has to offer to key players in the film and television industries, throughout Africa. We are extremely excited to have her onboard’

Did you know that the film and television industries are two of the sectors targeted by the IATF2018?

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The Black Stars of Ghana vs Pharaohs of Egypt kick-off in a few hours…! Who are you rooting for? PREDICTIONS?

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The kick off is 16: 00 (GMT) pm today, November 13, 2016 at Borg El-Arab Stadium, Alexandria, Egypt…

The Black Stars of Ghana are aiming for their fourth consecutive qualification to the FIFA World Cup in 2018

We’re rooting for Ghana how about you?

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The South African Football Association has expressed shock and disbelief at the sudden passing of former Bafana Bafana and Free State Stars forward Richard Tebogo Henyekane.

 ‘The South African Football Association (SAFA) has learnt with shock and disbelief the sudden passing away of former Bafana Bafana and Free State Stars forward, Richard Tebogo Henyekane’ . SAFA 

Richard Henyekane

‘The 31-year old player died in a car accident in the early hours of Tuesday morning (7 March) when he was involved in a tragic car accident. He was with four other people in the vehicle.

‘His death comes just five months after the passing away of his brother Joseph Henyekane, himself a former professional footballer.’

“Another soldier has fallen. Richard’s death comes at a time when we were not really done grieving the passing away of his brother Joseph. SAFA would like to send out our deepest sympathies to the Henyekane family for their heartbreaking loss. We can never know how much pain you are in but just know that you are in our prayers and we ask that the Almighty grant you strength in these trying times,” said SAFA president, Danny Jordaan who is in Cairo, Egypt attending a CAF Congress.

“Sadly, Richard’s death comes at a time we are still trying to come to terms with the death of another prominent figure, Minister Collins Chabane in another car accident; this is devastating.

“While we don’t know yet full details of circumstances surrounding Richard’s tragic death, the message to all is be careful on the roads; be extra vigilant. We are losing our people in this fashion at a rapid rate – we need to do something. May his soul rest in peace.”

The Kimberley Express, as Henyekane was fondly known, played his last match for Stars as a substitute on Saturday with the club losing 1-0 to AmaZulu at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

He scored his last goal in a 1-1 draw against Orlando Pirates at Charles Mopeli Stadium last year in May.

In the 2008/09 season, Henyekane won the Absa Premiership Top Goalscorer Award with 19 goals.

He made nine appearances for Bafana and was once on the books of Mamelodi Sundowns and Lamontville Golden Arrows.

Our Thoughts and Prayers Go Out To Henyekane’s Family

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Government officials in Egypt said last month that starting from May 15 on-arrival visas would be granted only to groups travelling with tour operators. However,  on Thursday postponed a deadline to stop issuing on-arrival visas for lone travellers until the creation of an electronic visa system, after critics said the move could damage tourism.

Government officials said last month that starting from May 15 on-arrival visas would be granted only to groups travelling with tour operators.

Lone travellers would be required to apply for visas at Egyptian consulates, in a move aimed at bolstering border security.

But the deadline has been “postponed” until an electronic visa system is in place, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

“The purpose of this measure is to organise the process of foreigners entering the country within a framework that respects national sovereignty, considers national security, and at the same time does not affect tourism,” the ministry said.

It gave no timeline for when the electronic visa system might be in place.

Egypt is trying to woo back tourists after almost four years of unrest hit the once-thriving industry and as it battles militants who have killed scores of security personnel.

About 10 million tourists visited in 2014, down sharply from a 2010 figure of almost 15 million people drawn to the country’s archaeological sites and Red Sea resorts.

Tourists have mostly been spared the sporadic violence that has killed more than 1,000 people since 2011, when a popular uprising overthrew longtime president Hosni Mubarak.

Three South Korean tourists were killed in a 2014 suicide bombing aboard a bus in the resort town of Taba on Israel’s border.

Most militant attacks since the army overthrew Mubarak’s successor, Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, in 2013 have targeted policemen and soldiers.

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