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Nigeria vs South Africa: 4 Ways Africa’s Biggest Economies Are Different

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1Nigeria has overtaken South Africa as the largest economy in Africa after a recent rebasing calculation nearly doubled its gross domestic product.

This means that the Nigerian GDP has been recalculated to better reflect the current levels of output. The result of the rebasing makes Nigeria’s economy about 30% bigger than South Africa’s with Nigerian GDP is at $509 billion with the South African economy at $322 billion. The high jump is due to the inclusion of sectors such as telecoms, ecommerce and the “Nollywood” film industry which did not exist when the calculations were last done in 1990.

While this rebasing gives some interesting insight into the sheer scale of Nigeria’s economy it still has a way to go to reach South Africa’s levels of economic maturity.

This can be seen when you compare the two countries in terms of:

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