The Economist has not always been kind or favourable to Africa. In an Editorial published about 10 years ago the Economist tagged Africa as the “hopeless continent”. Last year we posted an article entitled “re-learning how to write about Africa” in which a case was made that perhaps the Economist is now beginning to change its tune.
This is further buttressed by their recent article “The world’s fastest-growing continent – Aspiring Africa.” The magazine writes comprehensively about the continent and devotes its front page (see below) to this special feature.
Below is an excerpt and a short video of another of its positive articles on Africa
“So who is right? To find out, your correspondent travelled overland across the continent from Dakar to Cape Town (see map), taking in regional centres such as Lagos, Nairobi and Johannesburg as well as plenty of bush and desert. Each part of the trip focused on one of the big themes with which the continent is grappling—political violence, governance, economic development—as outlined in the articles that follow.
The journey covered some 15,800 miles (25,400km) on rivers, railways and roads, almost all of them paved and open for business. Not once was your correspondent asked for a bribe along the way…..”