The 21st century will be the century of Africa. This continent was once seen as empty, rural, animist, poor, and forgotten by the world. Now, fifty years after independence, it is full to bursting, urban and monotheist. If poverty and violence are still rampant, economic growth has taken off again and a middle class is developing. Africa will hold a central place in the big issues facing the world today. If it once made a ‘false start’, here it is back again – in the fast lane.
The West has missed the turnaround of a continent that will no longer wait for us. How can we best understand it? Demography, economics, politics, diplomacy, cultures and religions – this book presents the different facets of this new Africa, which will soon have a billion people, at the mid point of the most rapid population boom that humanity has ever known. Without ignoring the risks of its metamorphosis, it brings to light the forces and hopes that Africa harbors.
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"Their optimistic analysis of the continent and its inhabitants should be read by all who are interested in looking at Africa with a fresh and different perspective."
African Security Review
"A significant book for those interested in questions of economic and cultural change."
"Africa's Moment has the great value of underlining that Africa's future is indeed in the hands of Africans."
"A timely and positive assessment of Africa's prospects founded upon deep understanding and a distinctive perspective."
Paul Collier, University of Oxford
"The West is wedded to a retrograde vision of Africa's past and know nothing of its present, even less of its future. This unprecedented book forces revision of that outlook by addressing a world, just a few decades from now, where one in four human beings will be African."
Keith Hart, University of London
Olivier Ray works at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department for Policy Analysis.