-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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Are you travelling to Ghana ? If your answer is YES then you need to read the Travel Vaccines And Malaria Information below.

Ghana requires yellow fever vaccination for all travelers

Other vaccines: Depending on your itinerary, your personal risk factors, and the length of your visit, your health care provider may offer you vaccination against hepatitis A, typhoid, hepatitis B, rabies, meningococcal meningitis, influenza, or a one-time polio booster if you haven’t previously received one for travel.

Cholera vaccine is not indicated for travelers except for the special circumstance of aid and refugee workers.

Routine immunizations, such as those that prevent tetanus/diphtheria or “childhood” diseases, should be reviewed and updated as needed.

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International health authorities consider Ghana to be a yellow fever “infected” country because human cases of the disease have been reported in these regions: Upper East, Upper West.

Authorities also consider it “endemic” because the potential for disease transmission exists in areas that may not currently report human cases.

Malaria: Risk (predominantly P. falciparum) exists throughout the year in the whole country. Medicines that protect against malaria in this area include mefloquine (Lariam), doxycycline , or atovaquone/proguanil (Malarone).

The best drug for you depends on your itinerary and on a number of personal factors that should be discussed between you and your health care provider.

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Antimalarial drugs may not be available in this country, and travelers staying longer than 1 month should consider carrying a treatment dose of atovaquone/proguanil or quinine in case their protective medicines fail.

Because no malaria drug is 100% effective, if you have traveled in an area of malaria risk, seek immediate medical attention for any fever or flu-like illness occurring within 3 months of your return home.

Be sure to tell your health care provider your travel history.

OTHER HEALTH ISSUES

Insect-borne diseases: Mosquitoes and flies transmit a variety of diseases in this country, including dengue fever, yellow fever, malaria, African trypanosomiasis, and onchocerciasis.

Personal protective measures are extremely important since insects cannot be avoided.

Food- and water-borne diseases: Quite a few diseases, including hepatitis A and typhoid fever, are transmitted by unsanitary food handling procedures and contaminated water.

Food and beverage precautions are essential in order to reduce chance of illness. Anti-diarrheal drugs may be prescribed by your provider.

 

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Tuberculosis is common in all developing countries. However, Ghana has a prevalence of over 100 cases per 100,000 population, the highest WHO risk category.

Travelers planning to stay more than 3 months should have pre-departure PPD skin test status documented. Travelers should avoid crowded public places and public transportation whenever possible. Domestic help should be screened for TB.

  • Schistosomiasis is present and is transmitted in freshwater lakes and rivers by larvae which penetrate intact skin.
  • Sporadic, rare Lassa fever activity occurs. Transmission is via contact with infected rodents.

Hospitals: Ghana has many public and private hospitals as well as a pharmacy at every corner. Medical care varies and most government hospitals are affected by water and light shortages.

All hospitals require payment upfront before treatment, no matter how sick you may be. In rural areas in particular it can be extremely difficult to access good healthcare, especially emergency healthcare.

OTHER SAFETY RISKS

Road accidents: Ghana’s roads record a high number of road traffic accidents each year, especially since the addition of new, major highways to the road network.

Driving is often reckless and many drivers speed. 

Try to avoid ‘trotros’, the minibuses which serve as the country’s main mode of transport, and be choosy when hopping into a taxi – try not to board vehicles which look as though they are falling apart.

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The media is a powerful institution. Per the 1992 constitution of Ghana, it is the fourth estate of the realm.
No doubt those who put together the constitution knew the powerful role the media must, should and will play as the years go by.

But what do we see these days, the supposed powerful institution of the media has now forgotten its duties, role, and powers because it is now being tossed around by governments of the day.

In this century some people still don’t have access to potable drinking water, basic education, good roads, quality health care.

On the side, women still die while giving birth yet these issues seem not to be regularly prioritised by the media in Ghana today.

Developmental issues like mental health and educational challenges still linger on without sustainable policies and programs to solve them.

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These situations almost stay the same way until people lose lives, embark on demonstrations or threaten to not cast their votes forcing the government of the day to feebly attempt to resolve such problems.

I will simply put, where is the fourth arm of government that is supposed to push for the betterment of society and the marginalised?

The media is to inform, educate and entertain right? OK, but what do we see and hear now?

Curse words and cussing have become the norm of the day on the Ghanaian airwaves, even supposedly responsible politicians and religious leaders freely throw around bad language on TV and radio, like as though kids are not listening or sensibilities are not offended.

Our local Ghanaian music videos, movies, music, and broadcasters have all joined the bandwagon, without batting an eyelid and we look on thinking it is funny…

What, in the name of our ancestors, at all are we teaching the next innocent generation?

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Look I know the world has changed and become more liberal but come on, must we force immorality down the throats of our young future generation, must we copy blindly just to fit in, must we ignore the values and morals we in our 40s and above were raised with by our parents and grandparents —

all in the name of getting at par with modernity?

I quite remember that in the late ’90s, a jury at the Ghana music awards rejected Batman Samini’s song ‘Linda’ because he used what was felt to be a derogatory word although the song was a huge hit.

My point is, what is different now looking back at those days?

Did the rules governing the work of the media change? What had happened to censorship. Where did the authority of the National Media Commission go, that censorship on the media space is now nothing to the media?

Nudity, profanity and suicidal comments range on without a blink of an eye or second thought for the future generation.

We fill day time TV with foreign culture and programs, many of which do not represent what we are as Ghanaians or even Africans…

 

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Written by Philip Ofori-Yentumi

Do you want to see a virgin part of the world, a land fresh as nature made it,

 

 

a forest flourishing in the tropical rainforest, the nature induced harmattan wind blowing from the Sahara desert, rich cultural heritage and craftsmanship?

 

Then Africa is a place for you. Throw in that sense of being in a place that has not changed for centuries, and sometimes millennia, and you get some of the most inspiring, and inspired, destinations on the planet.

Africa is huge, yes, it is a vast continent that is so varied and filled with a melting pot of cultures, identities, history and beautiful nature.

It is a continent that has so much diversity that in most occasions is forgotten when we hear ‘Africa’ mentioned as a place to go.

It is really hard to bottle down the essence of Africa into a singular destination, even though we see this happen time and time again on prints, radio and television.

Africa is a continent of adventure. Tourism to the continent is on the increase, and for good reason. With so much on offer from each country, you have to decide what you want to get out of your trip. With its expansive landscapes and formidable animal life, the world’s second-biggest continent is arguably the best for photographers.

Africa has many interesting stories, artifacts, philosophy and great contemporary artists. Ethiopia is a country of ancient culture, with archaeological finds dating back over 3 million years, including the 12th-century churches in Lalibela and the ruins of the ancient city of Aksum – focal point of the Aksumite Empire (AD 100-940) — is the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant.

12th-century churches in Lalibela

It is the place to visit if you are a history geek. They have a vast array of historical and archaeological sights that are just too good to miss, especially Gondar Castle.

Regarding the Ethiopian Modern music/Jazz specially JAZ AMBA at taitu hotel in Addis is the best and 80 birr entrance every Friday…

Veteran musicians like Mulatu Astatke professor of Jazz in American Universities getting many international recognition is an Ethiopian. He is a jazz percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger, and noted as the founder of Ethio-jazz.

There are intriguing festivals all year round in Ghana, West Africa that you should experience at least once in your lifetime. Traditional festivals erupt with remarkable cultural and historical propensity. Art, food and music festivals come with creative dynamism, outstanding street tastes, and exciting rare rhythms!

Some of these festival are annual events including Homowo, held annually in Accra to commemorate bounty harvests, the Bakatue, celebrated by the people of Elmina, symbolizes the ‘process of discharge’ as the Benya Lagoon becomes one with the sea to commence the fishing season and many more.

Visiting Africa soon? Why not visit Ghana, did you know that Ghana has lots Castles and forts?

 

Elmina Castle Ghana

 

Dixcove Ghana

Africa is really a place to be, with its unadulterated basins, savanna, forests, deserts, rivers and land marks, you will seriously appreciate the artistic powers of nature.

 

Umbrella Rock, Ghana

 

 

 

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