As economies around the world cope with the crippling COVID-19 coronavirus, so too must African countries on top of their current issues of lackluster leadership and prevalent corruption.
The simplest path for African countries to grow their economy is through export-oriented industrialization (EOI). Leaders must focus on what goods and services they can start exporting to the rest of the world.
Raw materials in African countries have been and continue to be exploited by others. It's time for these countries to change the narrative through the manufacturing and exportation of finished goods.
For too long, African countries have had their raw materials taken advantage of by other countries. The time has come for them to take charge of these materials, invest in themselves, and start manufacturing their way to success.