Naira remains 50% weaker against U.S dollar as Economy Slips to 4th In Africa’s Rankings


  • “Nigeria’s Economy Set to Slip to Fourth Place in Africa’s Rankings”
  • “Egypt to Overtake Nigeria as Africa’s Largest Economy by 2027”
  • “Currency Devaluations Push Nigeria Down in Economic Size”
  • “President Tinubu’s Reforms Struggle to Stabilize Nigeria’s Naira”
  • “South Africa Retains Economic Lead Amidst Rand Stability”

Once hailed as Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria is poised to relinquish its top spot and fall to fourth place this year. Egypt, which held the top position in 2023, is anticipated to slide to second place behind South Africa due to a series of currency devaluations.

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According to the IMF’s World Economic Outlook, Nigeria’s gross domestic product is estimated at $253 billion this year, trailing behind Algeria at $267 billion, Egypt at $348 billion, and South Africa at $373 billion.

While Nigeria is projected to maintain its position as the continent’s largest economy until 2027, Egypt is expected to reclaim the top spot during that time, with Nigeria remaining in fourth place for the foreseeable future.

Both Nigeria and Egypt have faced economic challenges, including high inflation and significant currency devaluations. Since assuming office, President Bola Tinubu has implemented reforms such as currency floatation, removal of fuel subsidies, and efforts to address dollar shortages. Despite recent improvements, the Nigerian naira remains 50% weaker against the dollar compared to its value before Tinubu’s presidency.

Egypt, considered one of the most indebted emerging countries and a significant borrower from the IMF, devalued its currency by over 35% to facilitate additional loans from international institutions like the IMF.

In contrast, South Africa’s rand has seen a relatively modest 4% depreciation against the dollar this year, with its economy expected to benefit from improvements in energy supply and initiatives to address logistical challenges.

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