n Journal of African Foreign Affairs - Africa : old habits die hard commentary

Volume 1, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2056-564X
  • E-ISSN: 2056-5658


Africa remains bedeviled by several developmental challenges despite the current Afro-optimism - a deep-seated belief that the future is bright for the continent. In fact so much has changed since March 2000 when The Economist declared Africa "a hopeless continent." (The Economist, 2000). In fact the wave of Afro-optimism has been such that by December 2011, The Economist, the same magazine that 'anointed' Africa a "hopeless continent" in 2000, changed tune, and talked about "Africa Rising", saying the continent has a realistic chance of following in the footsteps of Asia (Odinga, 2014). In fact, Africa is increasingly becoming the beautiful bride of the world, with six of the ten fastest growing economies in the world being in the continent (CP-Africa, 2014).

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