Africa has come a long way, from slavery, colonialism and finally to independence. With all its past struggles, Africa continues to learn and to strengthen its national institutions while empowering its populace. Better economic policies are being implemented; more industries are being established (oil, tourism, mining etc) to diversity respective economies while the push for self-reliance is increasingly becoming a continental motto. With more investments trickling into the African continent, there are more opportunities for African economies to thrive, which will subsequently improve the living standards in the coming decades. Currently more and more areas of Africa have access to clean water, electricity and education. The communications infrastructure and greater trade relations are becoming increasingly common in many African countries. Information Technology (IT) is becoming the norm particularly in urban Africa as telecommunications is eased with the use cell-phones and the internet.
As governments strive to supply electricity to rural areas, private and public television stations bring news from afar to African living rooms. Despite the current challenges of protracted civil wars, HIV/AIDS and poverty, Africans guided by the richness of their culture and pride of their ancestry, continue to harbor hope for a better future. Indeed, Africa, as a youthful continent has great chances to continue growing, and growing in a more positive direction.