A negative reputation has followed Africa since the bulk of the nations
on that continent won independence from colonial occupation. Poverty,
disease, hunger, war and corruption are closely associated with African
countries in the minds of many people across the world. Such a
perception could be on the verge of changing. Economic development
opportunities are rising throughout Africa and investment there is
poised to be the next big thing.
When people think of business growth, they think of the major continents
of North America and Asia. But an unexpected economic riser that's
following in the footsteps of Asia has appeared on the second largest
continent of the world.
The space age has reached Africa. Recently, the world's top scientists
met at the annual conference of the International Astronautical
Federation (IAF) held for the first time in Africa. It also marked the
50th anniversary of human space flight.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, enthusiastically welcomed the
Nobel Peace Prize award on Friday, describing it as recognition for
years of fighting for democracy in her country. The announcement comes
just days before Sirleaf seeks re-election for a second five-year term
Michelle Obama is fond of saying there's no magic to her being first lady. It's a message that young leaders in Africa soon will hear when Mrs.
Obama makes her second solo trip abroad as first lady, visiting South
Africa and Botswana this coming week.