Many people wonder why Africa is the poorest continent in the world. Africa is rich in resources but it is the poorest continent in the world. You can see the list of top ten poorest countries that it contains African countries despite the fact that developed countries such as USA donate millions of dollars to Africa. Other people from western countries don’t even know that Africa is a continent. They think it’s just a huge poor country. Most people in Africa live under poverty line and die because of famine and diseases caused by undernourishment. Below are the reasons for poverty in Africa.
Many African countries were colonized by many European countries in order to take over it and steal resources. Those European countries accumulated wealth by stealing African resources. This is one of the biggest reasons why Africa is the poorest country.
Most Africa politicians are very corrupt, arrogant and egocentric. The only thing they do is serve their own bellies instead of serving their people, especially the poor. The duty of politicians is to serve their countries not themselves. Their actions pressurize innocent politicians and retard development in Africa. Many people from African poorest countries die as a result of famine and undernourishment as I mentioned before. I saw a woman from Swaziland on TV eating cow dung because of hunger. She ate it because she had nothing to eat and had to take her medicine. It is such a shame that a birthplace of human race has become a world’s poorest continent as a result of greedy people.
3. Lack of progress in scientific knowledge
Another reason why Africa is the poorest continent is that Africans didn’t manage to progress in scientific knowledge like Europeans and Asians did. There is no famous African scientist who won a Nobel prize. Lack of scientific knowledge in Africa makes it hard for Africa to develop. We all know that some Europeans colonized many African countries but we can’t deny the fact that almost all Africa did not have an advanced civilization before Europeans came.
4. Lack of technologically advanced machinery
Most African countries don’t have advanced machinery to process resources into final goods. Every time they have to export their resources to other countries and import final goods from those countries. This doesn’t boost economies of African countries but it boosts economies of other countries. More employment opportunities are created in other countries instead of African countries and more income (GDP) is earned by those countries instead of African countries.
In the past we could blame colonizers but now we have to blame those greedy corrupt egocentric African politicians because they are responsible for making Africa poor. They worsen poverty in Africa instead of fighting it.