Ghana And 9 Others Named Africa's Most Powerful Countries As Nigeria Misses Ranking

Ghana And 9 Others Named Africa's Most Powerful Countries As Nigeria Misses Ranking

  • Ghana Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, and six other African countries have emerged among the most powerful countries in the world
  • The report states that these countries were ranked based on their economic and political advancements
  • Africa's most populous country Nigeria and some prominent countries on the continent were left out of the report

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A new report has revealed Africa's 10 most powerful nations, including less-populated countries like Ghana.

According to the report compiled by Business Insider Africa, powerful countries refer to countries with strong economic, military, and political influence on the global scene.

Ghana ranked among the top 10 most powerful African states.
L-R: Nana Akufo-Addo chairs the Accra Initiative summit, and Ghanaian soldiers take part in a counter-terrorism training session during the Flintlock 2023 military training. Source: Getty Images
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How powerful countries are determined

Per the report, there are different ways to consider a country powerful.

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The countries ranked as most powerful in Africa have reportedly made economic, political, and social development strides, leading to them being classified as powerful.

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The report said that Global Soft Power Index, a data insight organization collated a list of the most powerful countries in the world. The list contains 121 countries based on 11 matches, with about 100,000 respondents in over 102 countries.

The influential report explained the ranking as follows:

"The Global Soft Power Index incorporates a broad range of measures, which in combination provide a balanced and holistic assessment of nations' presence, reputation, and impact on the world stage. These include:

The 10 most powerful countries in Africa include:

  • Egypt
  • South Africa
  • Morocco
  • Mauritius
  • Seychelles
  • Tunisia
  • Rwanda
  • Algeria
  • Ivory Coast
  • Ghana

The countries were ranked based on the following metrics:

  • Familiarity: national brands that people know, and have mental availability of, have greater soft power.
  • Reputation: is this country deemed to have a solid and positive reputation globally?
  • Influence: the degree to which a nation is seen to have an impact in the respondent's country as well as on the world stage Performance on the core 8 Soft Power Pillars (Business & Trade, Governance, International Relations, Culture & Heritage, Media & Communication, Education & Science, People & Values, Sustainable Future)."

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Ghana’s 2022 press freedom ranking plummets to lowest in 17 years

Recall that reported that Ghana's press freedom ranking has declined significantly in the 2022 World Press Freedom Index compiled by RSF.

Ghana dropped from the 30th position last year to 60th in 2022 out of 180 countries ranked worldwide.

The report cited a sharp decline in the safety of Ghanaian journalists as one of the major issues.

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