List of African Countries With Highest Population Lacking Access To Electricity

List of African Countries With Highest Population Lacking Access To Electricity

  • According to the International Energy Agency, Africa's electricity connection rate is 45%, the lowest among all continents
  • Nigeria (86 million) tops the list of African countries with the highest population lacking access to electricity
  • With little access to energy, millions of Africans are unable to live a good quality life, and the figures are expected to increase

In many African countries, access to electricity is still a major problem that hinders their development.

A man in Nigeria fuels a generator.
Nigeria has the highest population lacking access to power. Photo: Bloomberg.
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What is Africa's electrification rate?

A significant section of the populace struggles with unreliable electricity across the continent.

According to the International Energy Agency, Africa's electricity connection rate is 45%, the lowest among all continents.

Business Insider noted that over 600 million people lack access to energy, which restricts them from engaging in business and other activities.

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The Energy Progress Report 2023 revealed African countries with the largest population lacking access to electricity.

"Almost six in 10 people without access will reside in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2030. The number of people without access in that region is growing at a rate of almost 20 million people per year as gains in access fail to keep pace with population growth. The growing access deficit in Sub-Saharan Africa could undermine increasing trends in global access," the report stated.

African countries with the highest population without electricity

RankCountryPopulation without access to electricity
1Nigeria86 million
2The Democratic Republic of Congo76 million
3Ethiopia55 million
4Tanzania36 million
5Uganda25 million
6Mozambique22 million
7Niger21 million
8Madagascar19 million
9Burkina Faso18 million
10Angola18 million

Which African countries have the highest electricity connection?

At least 10 African countries have improved their electrical infrastructure, giving their citizens access to stable power supply.

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Mauritius is one of Africa's best performers, with all its citizens having electricity access.

Other countries with a 100% rate are Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.

ECG releases list with over 25 areas to be affected

Earlier, reported that the Electricity Company of Ghana had announced that over 25 communities were at risk of experiencing power outages.

The company apologised for the disruption in a statement but did not outline a timeline for restoring power.

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