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Dianna Games: Africa’s Achievements Need to Be Put in Perspective

Business in AfricaEarlier this month, a boat carrying illegal African immigrants sunk off the coast of Lampedusa, an island south of Italy, leaving over 300 dead.

“The reality of thousands of Africans so desperate to lead better lives that they are literally dying to leave the continent does not really square with the much-touted ‘Africa rising’ story we keep hearing these days”, Dianna Games writes in Business Day. She argues that achievements on the African continent need to be put in perspective.

The deaths of more than 300 Africans in a boat packed with illegal immigrants heading for Italy last week must surely signal that all is not well on this continent.

Despite pockets of significant improvement in people’s fortunes in parts of the continent, the fact that illegal migration from Africa to Europe continues apace is a stark reminder that the aspirations of people on this continent are a long way from being realised.

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