If Africa Is So Rich, Why Is It So Poor?

Joseph Godson Amamoo’s ‘Africa: Rich but Poor’ studies the world’s biggest and most dumbfounding disconnect – namely that between Africa’s resource and skill-rich capabilities, yet its existence as the poorest continent on the planet. Amamoo attempts to make sense of the situation, while exploring ways for Africa to unleash its potential and become the leading global player it deserves to be.

United Kingdom – Lawyer Joseph Godson Amamoo wont’ deny it, Africa doesn’t carry much weight on the world’s stage. If anything, it has become a geopolitical scapegoat for corruption and misrepresentation. But having studied all facets of the continent’s culture and resources, Amamoo is one of the millions of natives who know greater days of prosperity could easily lay ahead.

In ‘Africa: Rich but Poor’, Amamoo examines what went wrong for Africa, and what the continent and the world could do to remedy its problems.


Why is Africa, the cradle of Mankind, the second largest and second most populous continent in the world, endowed with abundant natural and mineral resources, the poorest on our planet? Who or what are responsible for this sad situation? Are the colonialists alone to blame? What has been the input of Africans in bringing about this predicament? Any viable and realistic solutions to the present and future daunting challenges or is the great continent consigned to decades of more deprivation ignorance, human misery and diseases?

These are some of the pertinent questions that the author has tried to grapple with. He attempts to make the case that it is quite feasible in fifty years for all countries in Africa to be at least in the middle income group if certain actions and programs are adopted. Some views in this book may be found distressing and uncomfortable but they are meant hopefully to assist move Africa forward, so that the great continent of Africa as soon as realistically possible stops being the beneficiary of external aid, largesse and compassion.


“The bottom line is that, in just two generations, we can practically eradicate poverty from Africa and provide people with an income and quality of life more than comparable with those in the west,” explains the author. “The problem is that Africa and the world at large refuse to acknowledge the problems, let alone make changes and actually do something about them. This book lays the issues bare, forces people to wake up and listen, while also providing plausible and practical changes to transform the continent’s own prosperity and position on the world stage.”

Continuing, “I feel that what I have to say will provoke great debate – and this has to be our starting block if we’re to implement tangible change. My message will appeal to everyday people, students, scholars and even top-level policy makers. Everyone will learn something and hopefully find themselves empowered to start effecting change.”

This thought-provoking book will appeal to all what have interests (investment, economic or political ) or relations in Africa.

‘Africa: Rich but Poor’, from Xlibris, is available now:

About the Author:

Joseph Godson Amamoo was born and educated in Ghana, went to UK to study medicine but frustrated by fate turned to Law. Was called to the English Bar and later in Ghana. Worked in Ghana as a science teacher and journalist. In Britain he was the first black newspaper correspondent in 1958-1960, followed as the first public relations Advisor to the Ghana Embassy in London. Later at the age of 28, was appointed Ghana’s first ambassador to Hungary and the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria thus becoming one of the youngest ambassadors in the world. This was followed by a brief period of rest (unemployment) in London, work as editor and owner of the monthly African Review and then for about eleven years race equality officer/mediation officer for the London Borough of Hackney. Taking early retirement, he moved to Chicago, where for five years he taught Social Studies at Kennedy-King College. Finally returning to Ghana after an absence of 25 years was appointed chairman of the board of the state owned diamond mine at Akwatia. With the dissolution of the board in Feb. 2009 he returned to law practice and then to London in late 2010.



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