Are all Africans poor?

by Adessa
(USA)


I'm wondering if all people in Africa are poor?

Or isn't this the case?

Any information would be welcome. Many thanks.

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Jul 15, 2014
Good one NEW
by: Anonymous

Let us face the fact. Poverty is the principal cause of hunger in Africa. As far as the stats goes, poverty in Africa is predominantly rural. A considerable percentage of people live in rural areas and depend on agriculture for food. washington dc trolley tour

Dec 17, 2011
Shallow NEW
by: Anonymous

This is a cheap question.What do you mean by poor?
Material,spiritual,relationship?
I am assuming it means materials since in America
Things are more important than humans.Hence that Rampant Neglect of senior citizens.
Even if all Africans were poor....don't you think that at least the presidents they elect would have some means...and what about the pilots who fly these presidents to various destinations around the world.
SHAME ON YOU AND THE PEOPLE WHO RAISED YOU.

Dec 17, 2011
Shallow NEW
by: Anonymous

This is a cheap question.What do you mean by poor?
Material,spiritual,relationship?
I am assuming it means materials since in America
Things are more important than humans.Hence that Rampant Neglect of senior citizens.
Even if all Africans were poor....don't you think that at least the presidents they elect would have some means...and what about the pilots who fly these presidents to various destinations around the world.
SHAME ON YOU AND THE PEOPLE WHO RAISED YOU.

Jun 11, 2010
Stupidiy
by: Anonymous

Is every Us-Citizen so stupid as you are??
Sorry, but what is this for a question??

Jan 13, 2010
Rich and Poor
by: Archie Melrose

Just to add another part to my fellow moderators letters. I think we are all agreed that there is a gulf materially between the 2 different levels of society in Kenya. In a previous answer I put forward that the workforce both men and women are desperate to work but as mentioned by Cassandra there are no jobs. I have to ask why?

I realise that every country in the world has its unemployment rate but its usually in the lower percentage figures. It would be difficult to quantify Kenya's unemployment rate.

So in the meantime what do we do? How many NGO's and other organisations does it take to help this wonderful country. This website is part of a much bigger encouragement for the rest of the world to go to Kenya. However tourism is not enough to sustain the poor and encourage growth.

Spiritually Kenya is alive and on every street corner you will find a church, you will hear the Gospel through loudspeakers every 100yds or so, the churches are full of dedicated and all singing, dancing worshippers. The radio and TV stations are full of non-stop Christian music. Kenya puts my own country to shame with its up front in your face worship.

Finally....in the words of the Kenya National Anthem 'Oh God of all creation, bless this our land and nation'

Archie


Jan 12, 2010
Not all are poor but in Kenya....
by: Irene O.

Not all Africans are poor absolutly not but there is a big gap between being poor or rich when I talk about Kenya.....

I have been in Kenya over 25 times..I have lived in Kenya for some years and therefore I can say when we talk about Kenya..that, yes, there are very poor people in Kenya. I have seen them, I know them and I feel deeply sorry for them.Cause they often miss even the basic needs to survive. These people live mostly in the villages far away from the more developed towns.

I have seen people going for days without food, no water, nothing... They are depended from well wishers.They are depended from their shamba
( their land where they grown vegetables and maize if they have land by the way) When the rain wash away their maize there is no food...

There are many people in Kenya living in mudhouses, in shelters of wood and pieces of iron. The slumbs in Kibera are an good example of the opposite of being rich in Kenya. These slumbs are along the Nairobi - Mombasa train traject and you will be shocked how the people live there.

In Nairobi and Mombasa and other cities there are houses you can only dream of...Huge villa's, bungalows with swimming pool... shopping centers where you can get anything you need. Expensive cars ...landrovers.. land cruisers...many people do have a wealthy life in Kenya.

The problem is that those who are rich become more and more rich and often dont care or share for/ with those who are poor.

Most of the people are jobless cause there are no jobs. So they are forced to beg. So you find many beggars in the streets. Small children trained to get pity from tourists or the ' rich locals...

I found the gap between rich and poor very big.
In Europe we have social well fare. There are many institutions where some one in need can go.. in Kenya there is no such service as social well fare.No job means no income..
Despite there are free healtcare services it is not always totally free.

Even if the primary schools are free, the uniforms and books cost money.. the children must go to school if you keep them at home you will get a penalty.. so imagine how it is when you dont have a job and cant sent your kids to school...

Will this ever change? Well it depends all to the Government..they should care more about their people. Make education free so that everybody can have the chance to learn.. and get employed. There are many problems to be solved..but the Kenyan Government is to busy to battle among themselves...

However I do agree that the rich people seem to live to work..and the poor they work to live..and survive.The educated developed people are showing a Western life style.. rush..rush.. the poor in general pole pole take it easy.. and indeed still have time left to smile.. and have fun with the little they have.. something we have forgotten already cause here in Europe..we are also all in a rush..

Jan 12, 2010
what is poor?
by: Cassandra Marie

Hello,
I wanted to comment on your question. Not sure if you have ever gone to Africa but there is not a big difference between rich and poor.

Most of the world looks at Africa as a Third-World/Developing continent. Really they are in the definition of the terms but they are leaps ahead of other parts of the world in some areas. When it comes to public transportation, government entities, health care, roads, and creating more of a middle class Africa has a long way to go. But they are ahead of the world in spirit!

I have been to Kenya and I feel at home there. People are kind, smile at you on the streets, and have a joy that is unlike any other I have ever seen. I have seen people that earn that $1 a day or less (as sated in another post) that can look at you with a smile that is so genuine and pure. How many people with large bank accounts have you met like that? (For myself not many.)

Africa also holds a different rhythm. The rest of the world is on hyper-speed while Africa holds true to the rhythm that makes her move. If you go to Africa you will see things are done slower, people take time for each other, and relationships are valued over time. With "progress" some of us have lost this rhythm but Africa has not. When I go it is this rhythm that I love the most!

Everyone views the word "poor" in different ways. Most see the bottom line...but I see what a person posses that is not of martial things and in that definition Africa is not poor by any means!

Jan 12, 2010
Yes, there are rich Africans...
by: Arjen (webmaster)

One more answer from yet another perspective. In Africa (and other developing continents) the gap between rich and poor is bigger, on the whole, than in North America or (especially) Europe.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_income_equality

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gini_coefficient

So while about half of the people in Kenya are poor (live on $1 a day or less), there's also a small upper class of black Kenyans that's extremely wealthy.

More often than not, they are both businessmen who pay the lowest possible wages to their staff (or sometimes don't pay them at all for a few months in a row) and fool the tax man, or corrupt officials who take bribes, or steal tax money or development aid. And too many don't care about the poverty that their fellow country men are in.

I agree with Archie that Kenya can only develop if the Kenyan government cleans up their act first, and if the Kenyan elite in general starts taking the responsibility that's attached to their positions.

Jan 11, 2010
What is poor?
by: Archie Melrose

I recently looked at some old black and white pictures of Nairobi from about the 60-70's just as a reminder of what it was like when I used to wander the streets as a schoolboy. There was a certain and accepted workforce then who were happy with their weekly wage....enough and more to feed and clothe the family.

Now that is still true to this day, and as the decades have moved on more Kenyans with their entrepenurial spirit try to establish a good business. In my opinion, and I stress my opinion, the entrepeneurs would be better establishing in their own areas rather than moving to the city.

I have some experience with business in the Rift Valley region and its a contrast between those who have nothing and those who have. Anon is right and the corruption reaches down to the lower levels of business where its easy to buy a licence, birth certificate, degree, at any level as long as you have the money to pay for it. Yes there are high rise buildings like any city but behind them are awful estates full of human suffering.

Credit is not easy to get, money speaks volumes, women bind themselves in cooperatives to be able to save and buy schooltime for their children. Hotel staff will look good to you because they have paid much for their white shirts and dress but their background is so much different.

So to answer your question, Kenya is poor and will continue to go downhill until the incumbent government decides to bring the country back to being the 'jewel' of Africa it once was. On a positive note, the villages in the outer areas just go on as they have done for hundreds of years and apart from drought they do quite well.

Finally? Poor here in UK is different from poor in USA which is different from poor in Kenya. You have to look at economics and prices to get the fuller picture. Sorry not enough room here to go into that but I am sure you can do so.

Archie



Jan 11, 2010
Definately not!
by: Anonymous

You only have to look at the high rises standing next to the shacks to see the severe contrast in personal finance.
Not only that but there is so much corruption someone must be getting the funds!

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