If you are Pan-African then you probably wear a half smile every time the phrase Africa Rising gets mentioned because you envision a happy ending like that reached by the tiger economies. If however, you are a hopeless Pan-africanist, like Nigerian Author Chimamanda Adichie likes to call herself, then you have probably animatedly contributed to the debate, citing numerous unexploited resources, a growing middle class, increasing skilled manpower and *(I wish I would add well-developed infrastructure and a closing gap between the rich and the poor but well….)

You could even be tempted to speak of ICT and how amazingly it is being intergrated into our day to day lives. I , however, wouldn’t be too sure of this since a research finding I stumbled upon recently indicates that much of the technology e.g internet usage in Africa is wasted on social media instead of being used as a tool for marketing and client relations. But again, we have the mobile technology M-Pesa which seems to be totally revolutionizing how we do transact.

A devout stark realist would however,be quite uncomfortable if these pro-rising debates aren’t seated side by side with the current power struggles, famine deaths, civil and religious wars and what others would term as failed leadership.

On an optimistic note,A Swahili Proverb says, titi la mama tamu hata kama la Mbwa *(a mothers milk is sweet to the child, even if the mother is a dog) and so for today, I am for the debate that Africa is indeed rising and looking at the careers that are rising with it according to a report by the AFK aired on the African Leadership Dialogues Programme.

10. Advertising Sales Manager.

With the fast development of the SME sector and the subsequent stiff competition, Businesses are out to convince clients that they are the best and also to remind the customers why they should stick with them. This makes an Advertising Sales Manager job quite enviable as demand for this service sky rockets.

9. Hotel Manager.

This is due to the fact that Africa has always been a tourist destination of choice for international tourists. Moreover, with the rise of the African middle class who have much more disposable income, domestic tourism is also on the rise hence a need for hotel managers for the mushrooming new hotels.

8. Construction Manager.

Yet another career attributed to the rising middle class and its dire need for housing.

7. Real Estate Developer.

This is due to the increased global investment creating a need for state-of-the-art offices and residentials.

6. Physician.

A learned and economically empowered population is more often than not, health conscious. Also, lifestyle diseases brought about by fast food and general changes in routine could be attributed to the increasing demand for physicians.

5. Software and Web Developer.

Localized websites are on the rise thanks to the growing firms which require company websites, professional blogging and different software programmes needed to manage businesses efficiently.

4. Airline Pilots.

Increased global investment has more than ever, opened up new markets across the globe necessitating movement in and out of Africa.

3. Oil and Petroleum Industry Engineers

Technically one of the most lucrative industries in Africa right now thanlks to the recent oil and gas discovery on the continent.

2. Telecommunications Engineers.

This is probably due to the increased need for better, faster and more efficient business communication.

1. Investment Banking.

Apparently, more companies are open to investing their capital in vibrant stock markets which are said to be growing steadily.


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