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3 Major Problems Faced By The African Continent

Every continent have their peculiar problems but some continents seems to progress despite that. Africa as a continent faces such problems it seems this problems have crippled our continent. 

Many people living on the African continent, believe that majority of the problem facing them can be solved through good leadership. 

Below are some of the problems the African continent faces;


Countries in Africa have undergone two forms of liberated governance but are still stuck on the middle road. The struggle for independence is considered to be the first one. Africans struggled for independence from colonial rule then liberation from dictatorship after gaining independence. Getting proper democratic governance in some African countries today is a big problem.

Incumbent long-serving political leaders in some countries always find ways and means to alter or manipulate election outcomes or processes. Apart from increasing their term limits, the methodical undermining of civil societies and the opposition leaders is widespread in the countries. Some of these are the challenges for current governments in the Africa sub-region; healthcare, security, political stability, and initiation of developmental projects are the order of the day.


The whole world may be facing the issue of unemployment but that of Africa is more precarious. This is because previous governments and successive governments do not see the need to invest in the youth. As there is an increment of the labor force, there is always a vast disconnect between the older generation and in the majority of the decision-making and organs and the everyday expanding youth populace. The governments face challenges on how to create employment opportunities for the youth and this turn contributes to lower family income with many dependents. This can also lead to an increase in the crime rate due to joblessness.


This is one of the endemic ways of life in much of the African continent. Corruption has permeated all the facets of life. Corruption has led to people in some sections of Africa being denied good access to the following; medical care, schools, and jobs, etc. Corruption is smelt to the grand scale of it like awarding of contracts and usage of public resources. The effects have been great in the negative sense. This has had an impact on both the local and foreign companies who wish to invest on the continent. Many local and foreign firms are forced to close down the business due to the high level of corruption. Also, the misappropriation of public funds and biased ways of awarding contracts leads to a conflict of interest and this leads to compromising the quality of service available to members of the public. Corruption affects the key sectors such as education, infrastructure, and healthcare.

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