The term “Africa is rising” isn’t for fancy. Africa is moving progressively and that’s a fact that has to be reckoned with, Africans are becoming the biggest investors in other African countries, Africa’s entertainment industries are growing and what not.
Six of the world’s fastest growing economies are African countries; an African country, Ethiopia has the fastest growing economy in the world. Another African country, Nigeria became the world’s 26th largest economy in 2014.
But, now don’t get this article wrong, Africa’s growth isn’t only economical. When it comes to Women’s Rights, Africa’s also buckling up majorly. For example, Rwanda has the highest proportion of female MPs in the world, Burundi has a higher percentage of equal pay than USA, Nigeria has more female Entrepreneurs than USA, Africa has the world’s Businesswomen.
Considering the fact that Africa now has the youngest people in the world (67% of all Africans are under 35), some people will persent this as the reason for the sudden rapid growth of the music industries of Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania and Congo.
With African Artists like D’banj, P-Square, 2face, Wizkid, Davido, Flavour, Ice Prince, MI, Olamide (Nigeria), Sarkodie, R2Bees, M. anifest, Shattawale (Ghana), AKA, Cassper Nyovest (South Africa), Fally Ipupa (Congo), Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) holding things down in their countries, on the continent and beyond, the possibilities for Africa’s music industries are endless.
However, even though the stories behind the success of those music industries is not that simple, the Youth participation in the growth of Africa’s music industries can’t be overrestimated.
Another big success story in the entertainment field of Africa is Nollywood, Nigeria’s film industry which is the world’s second largest producer of films, largest producer of English movies and third largest film industry, after Bollywood and Hollywood. It has produced A-list Actors and Actresses like Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola J. Ekeinde, Jim Iyke, Ramsey Nouah, to name a few.
Even the Comedians are not left out of this movement, with notable African Comedians like Trevor Noah (South Africa), Basketmouth, AY (Nigeria) and Anne Kansime either selling out shows, signing huge deals or breaking the Internet with their funny skits.
Another topic is Africa’s Poverty rate, which is being reduced reasonably across the continent with Ghana and Ethiopia taking the lead in that aspect. It is becoming quite obvious to the entire world, that Africa is anything, but a dark continent.
– Isima Odeh. You can follow me on Twitter, @IsimaOdeh