A funeral in South Africa: top on the insurance list. (Photo/Jan Truter).

7 Things About Africa That Could Kill, Or Make You Rich If You Found A Solution To Them

I WAS recently involved in a project by Code for Africa where African journalists listed the problems in their countries that need to be reported on better, or investigated with a view to finding solutions.

They offered some fascinating background and data on their countries. Here are seven of the many:

  1. Nigeria accounts for 11% of global gas flaring, the second highest rate in the world after Russia.
  1. The current amount of gas flared in Nigeria is enough to add 27GW of power to national power generation, which currently stands at less than 4GW.
  1. About 72,000 babies are born annually to teen mothers in South Africa and as many as 75% of these pregnancies may be unwanted
  1. In Kenya, 9 out of 10 women give birth in hospitals in Kiambu County compared to only 2 of every 10 woman in the poorer Samburu, Turkana, Tana River and Wajir counties.
  1. The funeral industry is a huge business in South Africa. Of the 18.5 million adults (50% of the population) who are insured, the vast majority are only insured for funerals.
  1. Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos, with a population of over 21 million people, is the largest city in Africa one of the largest in the world. It generates over 10,000 metric tonnes of waste every day. In the heart of this commercial city lies “Dustbin Estate” where residents live in makeshift huts built with zinc and wood, directly on top of refuse dumps.
  1. The TB rates among gold mining workers in South Africa are estimated at 2,500-3,000 cases per 100,000 individuals. This is 10 times the World Health Organisation (WHO) threshold of 250 per 100,000 for a health emergency.



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