Ethiopia is Africa’s next superpower but here are four boxes it needs to tick

Nii Ntreh Aug 28, 2020 at 03:30pm

August 28, 2020 at 03:30 pm | Culture, History, Tech & Innovation

Nii Ntreh

Nii Ntreh | Associate Editor

August 28, 2020 at 03:30 pm | Culture, History, Tech & Innovation

Ethiopia must convince its neighbors that its growth does not spell their doom. Photo via Foreignpolicy.com

Ethiopians whose patriotism is founded on some philosophy of Manifest Destiny cannot be dismissed when political scientists accept American exceptionalism with a straight face.

Of course, this is not the Manifest Destiny akin to what a lot of Americans have believed since the 19th century. That is also not to say we have conveniently forgotten that one time, Ethiopia tried to annex Eritrea.

But as the sole country in Africa, apart from Liberia, that was not colonized, it is understandable for Ethiopians to find some teleology in this uniqueness. A feeling of transcendent greatness does not need factual backing.

However, there are certain facts and potentials Ethiopia possesses that could make the country a great one. This piece advises on what Ethiopia’s leadership and its people should be occupied with if the country is to become an African superpower.

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