Celebrating a continent
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa.;
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Africa has undergone significant changes in the last fifty years. By all account her transformation has been nothing short of incredible. The resilience and triumph of her people amidst innumerable obstacles, crises, drawbacks and challenges is laudable and a marvel for the rest of the world. Africa has done well and has many reasons to celebrate in this golden jubilee year. The African Union has been the torch bearer of Africa’s development agenda through forward looking leadership, deliberate policies and programs at continental and national levels. There have been many landmarks from settling and enforcing standards, economic prosperity and improving social services like health and education. The status of an African woman has improved significantly in the last 50 years, particularly life expectancy, increased primary education enrolment and greater labour force participation. Africa is home to two sitting female heads of State Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and Joyce Banda of Malawi. The continent also boasts of three African women Nobel Laureates. Africa is on the path towards the much needed structural and economic transformation. Africa’s high growth rate, increasing trade and high prices of its natural and mineral resources is largely due to implementing good corporate governance principles and practices.