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The frightening picture of being a potential burden can be seen from recent and projected data. Population estimates predict that by 2050, of about 2.2 billion that will be added to the global population, more than half of will be in Africa, mostly contributed by the large populations of Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Egypt, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The political landscape in Africa was quite active between October and December 2018. There were preparations for elections and conduct of elections in all the sub-regions. Credibility, transparency and free-and-fairness continued to be weaknesses of many of these election processes and products. Happily, lessons are being learned from each concluding political episode and there is a glimmer of hope of steady improvement as the years roll by.