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  1. gorata
    September 20, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

    wow botswana s at number 4 cool.. m proud.

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  2. Terrence Repinga
    October 22, 2013 @ 2:28 am

    South Africa is realy moving forward n I like it

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  3. adeyeri gbenga
    October 28, 2013 @ 11:46 pm

    i’prayed for these top ten countries,may God blessed them all and HE God will not let my blessed country behind,AMEN……may God bless NIGERIA.

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  4. Abraham vivian
    October 29, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

    Am prould for sourth africans for there wealth keep it up. Nice to you sourth africa.love you guys

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  5. Ejie john
    October 30, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

    Where are other countries like nigeria

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  6. Infinity
    November 18, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

    You left out Sudan. ugh.

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  7. Steph
    November 23, 2013 @ 10:51 pm

    You forgot Mauritius, that should be ranked #4/5 based on World Bank data: http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.PCAP.PP.CD

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  8. James Godwinn
    November 24, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

    Hahahaha !! This is just Funny. I’m american & I visited all african countries, I can say that the rating above is not true. The reachest countries are Morocco, Nigeria & Egypt, the others cannot be rated due to bad living conditions over there.

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    • Winston E. Willie
      December 10, 2013 @ 5:37 pm

      In every parts of the world, there are people suffering and hungering. but government can decides to invest in development and technology. Like india, the government of India with poverty at its highest pick, have invested millions of dollars in technology.

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    • mpono
      January 19, 2014 @ 12:33 pm

      We can’t mention egypt as a richest country in the continent of africa.

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      • Denise Watson
        January 19, 2014 @ 4:17 pm

        Hello Mpono! The rankings are based on considering GDP per capita. Egypt has got that much of per capita income which makes it find a spot in top 10.

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  9. smith shabah
    December 2, 2013 @ 1:24 am

    God bless all poor countries in africa including Malawi

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  10. Winston E. Willie
    December 10, 2013 @ 5:31 pm

    thanks for the selections, but Liberia will be at #1 as of 2030.

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    • Denise Watson
      January 2, 2014 @ 4:20 am

      Hope so! keep your fingers crossed!

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  11. crownwell
    December 23, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

    countries that worth this are not in the list like nigeria

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    • Denise Watson
      January 2, 2014 @ 4:16 am

      Nigeria is not in this list because it may have good a good GDP but its population is high when compared to GDP. Its GDP is around 262.2 Billion USD, according to World Bank but its population is massive around 168 million. That makes its GDp per capita pretty low and hence it does not find a place in this list.

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      • Raymond Ito
        February 16, 2014 @ 3:52 am

        The economic wonder that’s taking place in Africa is not a zero sum game. For the first time, foreign aid culture is fast-dying out and private enterprise is growing exponentially and African countries have grasped the concept of self-reliance and prosperity. That’s what is really important.

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        • Denise Watson
          February 16, 2014 @ 6:41 pm

          It is true that the some of the AFrican countries are developing at a rapid pace in terms of GDp as well as infrastructure and one of them is Nigeria.

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  12. BUDHU
    December 28, 2013 @ 10:29 pm

    Are these values taken from a 1980 report or what??? Please, look for reliable updates before posting an article; reliable like:-
    worldbank.org
    cia.gov
    indexmundi.com

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    • Denise Watson
      January 2, 2014 @ 4:12 am

      It has been taken from a reliable magazine called Global Financial Magazine. CIA or World Bank nevertheless give the same or little bit different figures.

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  13. gerald
    January 5, 2014 @ 4:10 am

    GREAT AFRICA GREAT NIGERIA THAT IS THE RICHEST AND BEST COUNTRY IN AFRICA

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  14. gerald
    January 5, 2014 @ 4:12 am

    PLEASE YOU HAVE TO CORRECT YOUR MISTAKE NIGERIA IS NO 1

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    • Denise Watson
      January 5, 2014 @ 12:42 pm

      Nigeria is not #1. We have prepared this list after thorough study.

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      • Raymond Ito
        February 16, 2014 @ 3:33 am

        Your data is incorrect. Nigeria’s growth rate (about 7 percent) is faster than South Africa’s(about 3 percent). Although South Africa has better infrastructure, Nigeria is poised to be the biggest economy in Africa due to the outcome of its rebasing process. Nigeria’s population of 170 million with a huge rising middle class will fuel more domestic demands than South Africa’s 51 million. In terms of investors looking for high growth and alternative markets or private equity investments, Nigeria is more appealing than South Africa’s anemic economy. The spectacle that happened in China because of huge population is happening in Nigeria. Please be updated in terms of more recent developments.

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        • Denise Watson
          February 16, 2014 @ 6:40 pm

          If your stats are to be believed then it is right to say that Nigeria will be the richest country in Africa. However, it will take time. As far as 2014 or next 2-3 years are concerned, I don’t see Nigeria making it to the the top 10 list.

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  15. Emmanuel
    January 7, 2014 @ 4:37 am

    Lol guys RSA IS NUMERA UNO

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  16. Rohit
    January 15, 2014 @ 7:27 pm

    not only GDP make the richest to the country,these things world bank says,,but what is the richness is that overall development with eco friendly nature.Try to think beyond the boundaries also,,we r loving mankind..

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    • Adeyemi Ogedengbe
      April 18, 2014 @ 10:35 pm

      Hi denise, there are so many things to consider while looking at wealthiest nation. GDP per capita doesn’t speak true of a nation wealth, for income are not evenly distributed among populace. I have a botswana friend complaining about economy hash in Bots, she insist I assist her out of Bots, yet she is an undergraduate with low income parent support. If one want to measure wealth of a nation one can consider HDI, GDP per capita, infrastructure. available resources. Those are the thing to consider base on a scale according to priority to the effect on human. HDI should be given main priority cos that is an Avenue to create wealth. That is what is helping Nigeria presently, they create wealth personally. An average Nigeria is a bundle of knowledge, if this were to be in head count the number will more than south Africa population. Then GDP per capita cos this indicate present production in a given yr so are also untapped resources, in Nigeria only 1% of her resources is annexed there are 99% untapped resources in Nigeria.

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  17. Peter
    January 19, 2014 @ 3:29 pm

    Check it well nigeria is the best.

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    • Denise Watson
      January 19, 2014 @ 4:16 pm

      Nigeria may be the best and it is a good nation. But when it comes to GDP per capita among all African nations then certainly Nigeria does not rank.

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  18. Anthony Griffiths
    January 28, 2014 @ 6:08 am

    This doesn’t prove anything

    1.) GDP per capita can be high but if not distributed equally then you have a whole load of people who are poor and very few rich and sure the GDP will be high buh doesn’t meant that everyone is living comfortably
    2.) GDP per capita is measured by the countries GDP divided per its population what it doesnt cover is illegal markets so a country GDP can be high because its has a high illegal market therefore sustaining high figures yet its not part of products produces in a country
    3.) GDP doesn’t cover lending therefore a country can borrow money to sustain its development and grow its market therefore having a high GDP and thus GDP per capita but in real sense the country is in debt

    Therefore to measure correctly a countries wealth as compared to other ,more factors than GDP have to be taken into effect
    Any economist will tell you this

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    • Denise Watson
      January 29, 2014 @ 5:18 pm

      Hi Anthony! I totally agree with your assertion. In fact, I am also of the same opinion that GDP per capita does not tell about the inequal distribution of wealth. Its the case with all the gulf countries especially those in GCC where a handful of those who belong to royal family are very rich whereas others find it difficult to survive. There maybe other factors to rank countries. We may include Human Development Index and publish another article based on it. Thanks for your comment!

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      • Anthony Griffiths
        March 9, 2014 @ 12:55 am

        Hey Denise

        EXACTLY i agree with you 100% the human development index together with the GDP or GDP per capita can be put together to try form a better list of african countries and their wealth reason being the HDI looks a comfort,and living standards as part of its list therefore
        For example if HDI was high in Nigeria together with a High GDP over lets say low HDI but high GDP than nigerian in Kenya .you would think Kenya is wealthier than Nigeria ,yet in real sense its actual Nigeria who infact has better HDI ..

        However I think you and i both know that even still with HDI and GDP even its per capita still cant measure accurately one countries wealth in terms of another a fact clearly stated by Keynesian economists.therefore in real sense its really hard to compare wealth on any country in terms of another

        Your thoughts.???

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        • Denise Watson
          March 10, 2014 @ 4:37 am

          I agree with you that HDI and GDP per Capita can’t state a country’s wealth. We can make it more defining, I think, if we include another factor which shows how wealth is actually distributed among the population. Let’s say how much percent of population is below poverty line. If its, lets say, 2-4 percent then that’s cool. How much percent population belongs to middle class? This way we can get more into the wealth distribution of a country.

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      • Mickel
        March 21, 2014 @ 1:31 am

        Nigeria’s population is so high 4 them 2 be in list and i think Ghana suppose 2 be there

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        • Tosin Ariyo
          April 7, 2014 @ 6:56 pm

          are you insinuating that Nigeria`s Population is a barrier? don`t you know that countries with potential Human Resources have the most advantage for manpower, Nigeria`s population is an advantage to their economy besides Nigeria is the wealthiest Country in Africa unless we are deceiving ourselves.

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  19. Petro
    January 30, 2014 @ 7:50 pm

    Top 10 Countries needs to find a way to help other Countries .
    with that said South Africa ”Salute ”

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  20. edwin
    February 23, 2014 @ 6:52 am

    Kenya is the biggest economy in East Africa.not here.I dont trust this.

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    • Denise Watson
      February 24, 2014 @ 11:52 am

      HIe Edwin! Kenya is not a big economy as you say. Its GDP is less than $38 billion. Bill Gates wealth is nearly twice of the GDp of Kenya. Had it been rich then we would have included it our list.

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  21. sammy G
    February 26, 2014 @ 8:27 pm

    Lots of disagreement

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    • Denise Watson
      February 28, 2014 @ 11:26 am

      We always welcome our readers criticism. If you disagree then please comment and let us know on which part you do not agree with us.

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  22. Efua
    March 2, 2014 @ 1:44 am

    We all claim to love Nigeria while outside yet, we don’t want it to grown inside. Support your president you don’t want to, the youth are not contributing to the economy. They lack in high tech industrial manufacture, consuming more than her export and they dream of have Nigeria as Africa number 1. Dream of dreamers

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    • mbat white
      June 23, 2014 @ 9:17 pm

      Nigeria, can not even bost of 1hrs of electricity in a day talkless of pip born water. Many nigerian do not know wht a shawer looks like.. Yet nigerian want to be in the top ten. I am not bais only those who have never been to Nigeria will say this living hell should be in the top 10.

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  23. richie waks
    March 10, 2014 @ 4:11 pm

    Nigeria suppose to be in this list…you can’t tell me that namibia is richer than Nigeria…is laughable u know

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    • Denise Watson
      March 12, 2014 @ 2:11 am

      Hie Richie! On the basis of per capita income, Namibia is richer than Nigeria. Because Namibia has comparatively lesser population than Nigeria.

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  24. ULTIMATE EDITOR
    March 17, 2014 @ 5:44 pm

    Gudday ladies and gentlemen, with all due respect the list is not a bad one but when preparing such a list you consider some important factor like; population, crime rate, rate of literacy(education), economy, the worth of its currency and so on. So in order for we nigerians not to be sentimental/personal etc, it wil be good for us to check out this factors before preparing such a list so i strongly oppose the motion and i think Nigeria should be in that list and i stand to be corrected if am mistaken. But if you feel Nigeria should not be included in that list then that means Nigeria is too big for such a list propounded by your research group. THANKs Alot

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    • RAY
      May 7, 2014 @ 11:28 am

      I think this is the right one and corrected one accordingly ;
      1.NIGERIA
      2.SOUTH AFRICA
      3.LIBYA
      4.ALGERIA
      5.CAPE VERDE
      6.TUNISIA
      7.KENYA
      8.MOROCCO
      9.EGYPT
      10.GHANA

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  25. ULTIMATE EDITOR
    March 17, 2014 @ 5:52 pm

    I stand to be corrected if this list is wrong ;
    1.NIGERIA
    2.SOUTH AFRICA
    3.LIBYA
    4.EGYPT
    5.CAPE VERDE
    6.TUNISIA
    7.KENYA
    8.MOROCCO
    9.ALGERIA
    10.GHANA

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  26. Augustine chidubem
    March 19, 2014 @ 4:25 pm

    NIGERIA is the most richest country in AFRICAN among all this top 10 counties. And how can EGYPT and GABON be among the top 10 richest counties in AFRICAN and Know NIGERIAN that is not true.

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  27. twizer
    March 21, 2014 @ 5:56 am

    BOTSWANA ITS COMING AT A VERY HIGH PACE WATCH OUT. THE COUNTRY STARTED ITS DEVELOPMENTS(HUMAN, ECONOMICAL, SOCIAL, INFRASTRUCTURE ETC) FROM SCRATCH IN 1966 no Boers, whites chines, Indians involvement but we managed to come out from the woods and we are making history. BIG UP BOTS.

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    • Denise Watson
      March 22, 2014 @ 4:18 am

      Lets see when Botswana makes it to #1.

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  28. eric obeng abrah
    March 25, 2014 @ 6:57 am

    why is ghana not among.i don’ t see why that coutry is not in the top 10.all of our natural resouces, cocoa,timber,minerals…pls rank it again

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  29. Ananias kantene
    March 29, 2014 @ 4:20 pm

    Im proud for namibia being in the list.. we just got independence in 1990 but see our economy is fastly growing in all sector..every want to visits namibia to see the sea at walvis bay, swakopmund and rudertz…our population is just 2.5 millions so, low rate of crimes compared to nigeria and RSA, no poverty

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  30. Jokstein
    April 5, 2014 @ 10:05 pm

    Where is Mauritius in the list? The list needs to be looked at with some perspective because some of the nation’s ranked so high have basic issues. It is common knowledge that some of the national statistics churned out by some of these jurisdictions lack integrity. For an instance I do not believe that Equatorial Guinea and Gabon can rank higher than Botswana. Seychelles and Mauritius yes, but the above two, I have my doubts.

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  31. Alemayehu Duguma
    April 9, 2014 @ 1:46 am

    Ethiopia will be in the list after less than 5 years. who may know this?????????????? GOD help Ethiopia

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    • Guibert
      August 31, 2014 @ 5:37 pm

      Tanzania is supposed to claim its position on the top ten lists in Africa, because it is full of unexploited resources just like South Africa, Botswana and Nigeria, but due to lack of smart leadership and corruption, the country is always grouped as LDC. It’s shame to be poor in the land of plenty.

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  32. OWO JONES
    April 10, 2014 @ 9:47 am

    the record you have about Nigeria has changed drastically and you have refused to update your list. after the re-basing exercise, BBC has reported that Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa. Though compared to South Africa, more Nigerians are poorer than more South Africans. But the nation Nigeria is richer. Just like more Americans are richer than more Chinese but we know how rich the country of China is. So do more research, my dear

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  33. abd el malek talhaoui
    April 12, 2014 @ 1:45 am

    algeria in the list and i think it will be in the first class mybe in 2015

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  34. ahmedfarouk
    April 14, 2014 @ 2:38 am

    nigerian most have been the richest country in africa but due to our high population and demand tha is what make us not to come first, and worst part of it is, the bribery and corruption we are facing in our country, i beleive that is why….and you???

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    • Ben
      April 22, 2014 @ 2:51 pm

      We nigerians lack good leaders the wostest part of it is bribery and corruption

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  35. Thokozani
    April 19, 2014 @ 5:03 am

    Where do you get your misinfo every economist will tell you this South Africa is the richest country, economicaly stable n has the best infrastructure only botswana beat us in currency by a smigden of cents and even them they wanna migrant to the promised land n we don’t rely on car manufacturing,textile etc. For survival. There are 10’s of 1000’s of careers in South Africa even the US relies on R.S.A to improve the conditions in most african countries.stop posting lies to the god damn world and do your research well, hell yeah even nigerian immigrants are all over my country to hustle money ’cause nairas are bad in currency.

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    • Richie
      April 20, 2014 @ 10:17 pm

      you are one of the biggest fool I have ever seen…just wait for Nigeria we will overtake you foolish country…south Africa my foot..imp!!!

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    • Kevin
      May 28, 2014 @ 5:37 pm

      Nigeria is one the countries with the highest population in Africa. And it cant be compared with Seychelles nor the any of the above. I guess Nigeria is a country that’s growing fast in GDP,imports and exports,but with the lack of infrastructures and development we wont be seeing it in the top 10 of wealthiest countries any time soon.

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      • Donaldson Izekor
        July 22, 2014 @ 7:04 pm

        Hey, it hasn’t gotten to that extent were we’ll start being rude and arrogant one to another, because we are actually sharing our points of view. We can all think as much as we want, that doesn’t change the fact that Nigeria is a promising Nation.
        Well, I don’t understand why Nigeria is not in the Top-runners, but I’ll totally disagree if anyone of us will suggest it as the richest country in Africa.
        We are not exactly there yet, but I know that if we, the patriotic citizens of Nigeria, could learn to improve a very tiny bit in our moral values and integrity, Nigeria would be the center Mother-land, for all exiting African countries in the world.
        With much love…

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  36. Monde
    April 21, 2014 @ 11:40 am

    Some Africans are really stupid or they’re completely in denial. The countries wealth is not determined by a greedy corrupt individual who sets to not distribute his/her wealth to the poor. Yes the country may have the money but assets like property, infrastructure and development is also counted as wealth. So stop bragging money, malls and proper mentions you don’t have, because it doesn’t belong to you and your selfish country. So start thinking smart and measure your countries wealth by public services which you clearly don’t have.

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  37. scort
    April 26, 2014 @ 11:09 am

    live error…..access denied………. go correct the mistake……………….Nigeria is the most populated, richest, corrupt, sensible, and good in making money……… even the black richest man in the world is from Nigeria………….country that has the best economy in Africa is Nigeria……..and the best expose African country in the world is Nigeria…………. be updated and correct the error…………..

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  38. Omkar
    May 18, 2014 @ 4:56 pm

    Hi Denise.
    First of all I would like to thank you for the provision of such a qualitative study.

    I was wondering that if you were conducting a similar ranking of cities in Africa, where would you find the data. Is it possible to retrieve it from one publicly available source.

    Thanks

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  39. armstrong murithi
    May 19, 2014 @ 3:54 pm

    why is Kenya not in top ten

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    • Rose
      May 28, 2014 @ 10:17 pm

      And Sudan too?

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  40. Rose
    May 28, 2014 @ 10:15 pm

    Sudan is really rich it’s the second after Egypt. Egypt is the first.

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  41. Engr Iyke Nwadike
    June 29, 2014 @ 9:12 pm

    Current standing as of April 2014

    1. Nigeria – $424 billion, source Bloomberg and World bank
    2.South Africa – $384 billion. Source Bloomberg and world bank

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  42. Patriotic African
    July 6, 2014 @ 12:44 pm

    Nigeria supposedly is the “Giant of Africa” but its not on the list, so I understand why they are mad. I would be too. I’m also disappointed that Kenya is not on the list, but I’m proud of Botswana they come too far & they are going very far.

    Egypt has a great ancient past but ever since they ousted Mubarak everything seems to be falling apart. South Africa is doing OK, the world cup helped make their infrastructure & brand better.

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  43. wandisile
    July 23, 2014 @ 2:02 pm

    point of correction Soccer is the most popular sport in SA, not Cricket, Cricket is the third most popular sport in SA after Soccer and Rugby respectively. lol Nigerians are all over SA looking for greener postures yet they claim Nigeria is the richest country in Africa. Have you ever seen any South African/s barging for a job in Nigeria? you claim to be reach yet do not know how is shower look like, you hardly have tared roads,electricity, clean and running water. the fact that the most richest man in Africa is from Nigeria that does not mean you are all reach. Your economy cant produce jobs, only few individuals who are benefiting from your economy. If Nigeria can fix its stability then things can be better.

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    • Donaldson Izekor
      July 23, 2014 @ 6:22 pm

      Hey!
      That’s kinda rude you know?
      South Africa might be the richest country in Africa, but I don’t think they are the most polite people you can ever hookup a conversation with.
      Being insulting doesn’t change anything!

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      • latoya
        September 6, 2014 @ 2:38 am

        For someone attempting to insult any entire nation, one would think you would write proper English. The grammatical errors were so plentiful I couldnt even understand it. @Wandisile Imbecile!

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      • LOUIS VERWOED
        September 13, 2014 @ 2:00 am

        So basically, everyone wants to be the best. You know what Africa, you are all rich and no one is better than the other because you all black. Stop this madness

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