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Opinion - If we fight poverty, we must first fight inequality

Africa has many resources. Despite the many resources the continent has, many Africans continue to live in abject of poverty thanks to the leaders who get into power and squander what could have been beneficial to the inhabitants.


Africa’s economies have been growing with an average GDP rising by 4.7% per year between 2000-2018. Africa’s economic growth should mean the decrease of poverty, but in Africa, poverty increases as economy grows.


If we, Africans, want to fight poverty, we must first fight inequality.

African leaders use their power to frustrate competitors and amass every penny while in government.


Here are 15 richest African leaders:

King Mohammed VI – Morocco = $5.8 billion

Ali Bongo Ondimba – Gabon = $1 billion

Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo – Equatorial Guinea = $600 million

Uhuru Kenyatta –Kenya =$500 million

Paul Kagame – Rwanda = $500 million

Cyril Ramaphosa – South Africa = $450 million

King Mswati III – Swaziland = $200 million

Paul Biya – Cameroon = $200 million

Abdel Fattah Khalil el-Sisi – Egypt = $185 million

Isaias Afwerki – Eritrea = $100 million

Muhammadu Buhari – Nigeria = $80 million

Peter Mutharika – Malawi = $55 million

Idriss Deby – Chad = $50 million

Yoweri Museveni – Uganda = $50 million

Pierre Nkurunzinza – Burundi = $45 million


(One of the tragedies is the use of an American currency in valuing the wealth of Africans)

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