Africa is “the dark continent”

The Economist has this article about Africa’s electricity shortages.

Basically, Africa can’t produce enough electricity to keep up with good growth and increasing urbanisation.

From the article:

  • With nearly 1 billion people, Africa accounts for almost a sixth of the world’s population, but generates only 4% of global electricity.
  • By some counts, only 17 of Nigeria’s 79 power stations are still working.
  • Kenya’s power utility estimates that it adds 12,000 households a month to the national grid.