Despite the current rapid rate of urbanisation, cities are not new to Africa – some of the oldest cities on the continent are thousands of years old
In the next 35 years Nigeria will account for almost 10% of all births in the world; at a projected 104 million Uganda will (incredibly) be inching close to Egypt.
All but three of the twenty major commodities in this dataset have declined over the past five years. For nineteen African countries, one of these five commodities is the leading export earner.
Though the majority of African countries are in the clear, for those that are not, the data shows there is little relationship between national savings and national wealth, economic size, growth rates, or political stability.
Kenya is punching above its weight in diversification of exports – in the analogy of anthropologists, it is less of a hunter economy and more of a gathering one – all sorts of small items find their way to the export market