Summary of How Africa Can Keep Rising

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former Nigerian finance minister, lays out a plan for Africa’s resurgence.


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A Ugandan proverb warns that “a roaring lion kills no game.” African nations have achieved much, but they mustn’t rest on their laurels. As Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former finance minister of Nigeria, explains, if Africa can learn from its missteps and leverage its feats, it can look forward to a self-reliant, prosperous future. Although Okonjo-Iweala’s brief report tends to overgeneralize Africa’s 54 nations, getAbstract recommends her unique insider’s perspective to investors seeking lucrative opportunities on the burgeoning continent.

In this summary, you will learn

  • In which six areas Africa has succeeded,
  • What eight challenges Africa has failed to solve, and
  • How Africa can rise once again.


Africa’s portrayal in the media is of a continent marked by poverty, corruption and disease. Yet Africa is rising, and its citizens are creating innovative solutions to the continent’s problems, such as a drone delivery service that transports medicine to remote areas of Rwanda and an insurance program...
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About the Speaker

Economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a senior adviser at Lazard, an asset management firm.

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