The first question we should ask is this, Can an enormous continent with vastly different countries and cultures unite to become a “super power”? The answer is NO.
Not even Europe, with its much more homogeneous culture (relatively speaking) and an already united economic, if not governmental, system, isn’t really a “super power” in its own right.
And new research by Global Power Index 2017 shows that out of Africa’s top 10 powerful countries – Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt, Algeria and Ethiopia – Egypt is “the African country with by far the greatest capabilities” to play a global role and it’s ranked first in the continent and tenth in the world.
The choice of the powerhouse is based on the demographic, economic and military size of these countries, as well as their historical role as regional leaders, according to Global Power Index.
So, the question is flawed, since Africa is not a country. And, any entity over the last 50 years that’s been called a “super power” has been a country.
But arguably China is on a trajectory to become the next super power, tipped to overtake the United States.
And these are countries, not a continent. So, it is impossible for Africa become a superpower.