What Are The Greatest African Countries For Settling Down?


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For me, it is Nigeria, mainly due to my employment and wife, although I do love suya and pepper soup and enjoy the extroverted nature of so many Nigerians. I felt – it is- one of- the most reliable- African Countries.

That said, I should first confess I’ve only had a chance to explore three of Africa’s 54 nations, so there is a tremendous amount I know little to nothing about (yet). Of the three countries, I have had opportunities to visit, explore, or live in. I would choose South Africa for my love of the outdoors and accessible food scene.

What Are The Greatest African Countries For Settling Down?
What Are The Greatest African Countries For Settling Down?

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I’ve driven thousands of kilometers several times, flying into Johannesburg and eventually ending up in Cape Town, seeing the coast and the Karoo, dining, and drinking in small towns and out of the way wineries, as well as larger cities. Coming from Nigeria, the security situation in South Africa is easy in handling, and the road system is first class and scenery jaw-dropping.

I enjoyed Nairobi and its outskirts but found it a bit expensive. While the security was better than Nigeria, I was after that the attack on the shopping center, and many locals felt nervous about walking in the poor neighborhoods at night, something I have done quite a bit of in Nigeria. Kenya is beautiful; however, and one of these days, I am returning to see the coast.

A good friend of mine raves about the years he lived in Rwanda, how lush and green the hills were, how he walked everywhere the friends he made among the local peoples and the hikes in the volcano country.

I’ve heard nothing but good things about Senegal, the bakeries in the capital, the beaches, and, of course, the people.

In the end, I’m not sure they’re genuinely is the best country, merely a wide variety of places and peoples and experiences that are what one makes of them to each their own.

What Are The Greatest African Countries For Settling Down?
What Are The Greatest African Countries For Settling Down?

Why Are African Countries Underdeveloped?

When the colonialists left (just 50 years ago for some African countries and others only 20 years ago), a majority of the populations in this continent were illiterate. Some were to pay taxes to their former colonial powers for their independence (France). Kenya flourished after getting freedom in 1963, but the world economic troubles of the 70s hit us and most other countries in Africa. The IMF recommended the same financial packages that are now being in enforcement down the throats of the Greeks onto most African countries. Many people were retrenching, and a vast majority that was illiterate did not get the education they needed, and most companies run by the governments were in privatizing. This only changed when the IMF and World Bank forgave some debts, and when a vast majority of the population got educated.

If you look at most stable European countries, including Sweden, they all went through wars, famines, autocratic governments, and so on before they became stable countries. We will get there. Do not let the international media make you think that the African continent is in poverty; no country is held in one state forever because things change. Countries like Botswana, Ethiopia, Namibia, Kenya, Ghana are doing quite well.

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