With over 1.2billion people, representing 16% of the global population. Africa, despite its history and culture, is plagued with a high rate of poverty and inequality. This is coupled with cases of conflicts, resource mismanagement and natural disasters such as famine.

In societies with these kinds of issues definitely, there is little to be happy about.

Despite much optimism shown by African countries immediately after independence from colonialism, less has been achieved. African people’s expectations that they and their countries would flourish under self-rule and democracy appear not to have been met.

For Africa, the happiness gap with other parts of the world is still wide. Little surprise that Norway emerged as the happiest country globally in 2017. This points to the progress made (pdf) by the Scandinavian countries, in aspects of ‘well-being’ and ‘quality of life’, compared to other regions of the world.

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