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Why is Africa still poor and yet it's the richest continent?

Hi everyone. I’m new here, and this is my first question: I was reflecting on Africa, its people and how blessed we are to live in the Motherland, but it boggles my mind that in this 21st century, Africa still hasn’t gotten its act together. Surely, in the 21st century, we should know better and do better. What exactly is the problem with Africa? People often say it’s corruption, but I reckon the issue goes way deeper than that.

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  1. The story of Africa is quite a complex one because it is such a diverse space with different factors that correlate but don't necessarily qualify to make it a whole. Besides the shared culture and history, the huge continent has more differences than similarities and bunching it as one unit is an inRead more

    The story of Africa is quite a complex one because it is such a diverse space with different factors that correlate but don’t necessarily qualify to make it a whole.

    Besides the shared culture and history, the huge continent has more differences than similarities and bunching it as one unit is an injustice. Despite of this, there’s still many efforts to unify the continent as a shared economic and political unit.

    That said, we have so many aspects of Africa that are a success. For example separate countries like Botswana 🇧🇼 are doing even better than European countries that have access to more resources and markets.

    There’s a lady called Magatte Wade who shares quite interesting takes in this topic and you should have a listen to her.

    Back to the question about why Africa is poor, I love referring to this video that goes a little deeper into the history.

    Though some of the explanations are not accurate, this video does a good job to break down some of the root causes of the issues facing Africa.

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  1. Africa is not poor. You said it yourself that it is the richest continent. We also need to change how we describe the continent. Most western media have perpetuated their own interpretations and ideas about Africa, including that it is poor and we keep on repeating it. That is also a big problem.

    Africa is not poor. You said it yourself that it is the richest continent. We also need to change how we describe the continent. Most western media have perpetuated their own interpretations and ideas about Africa, including that it is poor and we keep on repeating it. That is also a big problem.

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    • You are right, it’s time to stop calling ourselves ‘poor’.
      However, we’re rich in resources, but we fail to exploit those resources fully. If Africa or if Africans believed Africa is rich and had confidence, then we wouldn’t be running to the Western countries in droves the way we do (myself included). We don’t have confidence in the richness of Africa and that is why other people call us poor. We will continue to be called ‘poor’ and get disrespected until we
      start walking the talk as Africans. Yes, Africa is developing, but we can do so much better.

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  1. The story of Africa is quite a complex one because it is such a diverse space with different factors that correlate but don't necessarily qualify to make it a whole. Besides the shared culture and history, the huge continent has more differences than similarities and bunching it as one unit is an inRead more

    The story of Africa is quite a complex one because it is such a diverse space with different factors that correlate but don’t necessarily qualify to make it a whole.

    Besides the shared culture and history, the huge continent has more differences than similarities and bunching it as one unit is an injustice. Despite of this, there’s still many efforts to unify the continent as a shared economic and political unit.

    That said, we have so many aspects of Africa that are a success. For example separate countries like Botswana 🇧🇼 are doing even better than European countries that have access to more resources and markets.

    There’s a lady called Magatte Wade who shares quite interesting takes in this topic and you should have a listen to her.

    Back to the question about why Africa is poor, I love referring to this video that goes a little deeper into the history.

    Though some of the explanations are not accurate, this video does a good job to break down some of the root causes of the issues facing Africa.

    See less
  2. Africa's paradox of being rich in resources yet facing widespread poverty is due to a combination of historical, economic, political, and social factors: Colonial Legacy: Exploitation and arbitrary borders created ethnic tensions and weak governance. Corruption and Poor Governance: Mismanagement ofRead more

    Africa’s paradox of being rich in resources yet facing widespread poverty is due to a combination of historical, economic, political, and social factors:

    Colonial Legacy: Exploitation and arbitrary borders created ethnic tensions and weak governance.
    Corruption and Poor Governance: Mismanagement of resources and political instability.
    Conflict: Ongoing wars and conflicts disrupt economies and societies.
    Economic Dependency: Reliance on exporting raw materials with little value addition.
    Infrastructure Deficits: Poor infrastructure hampers economic growth.
    Education and Health Challenges: Limited access to quality education and healthcare.

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