The Big Five: Africa’s 10 Most Influential Countries


10. South Africa

AFRICANGLOBE – Influence is defined as the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behaviour of someone or something, or the effect itself. In this particular case we are discussing the effect a whole country has on others in the continent and outside of Africa. The power of countries to shape policy or ensure favourable treatment from other countries, especially through status, contacts, or wealth.

The impact African nations will have on the world stage will determine the rate of development the continent will grow at. Africa must strengthen relationships amongst its own countries and the world at large to have meaningful influence going forward. This article looks at the influence some African countries have in the world.

South Africa

South Africa is the only African country that is a member of the G20 and BRICS (the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa grouping), and the only African country of the EU’s 10 global strategic partners. This is mainly because South Africa is the EU’s largest trading partner in Africa but it certainly gives the country a global clout that Nigeria currently lacks. Nelson Mandela’s profile and the international activism of his successor, Thabo Mbeki, saw the former apartheid pariah state significantly increase its leverage in Africa and globally after 1994, and it simultaneously benefited from several years of healthy economic growth.

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