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REVEALED: Top 15 Of The Unhappiest African Countries You Need To Know!!

A study carried out by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) for the United Nations has recognised Denmark and Burundi as the world’s happiest and unhappiest nations respectively.

 

According to this year’s Special Rome Edition released earlier this year, one of the biggest challenges of modern culture is creating a secular society which encourages regular gathering of people to inspire mutual support and uplifting.

 

The SDSN report studied 156 countries, while reflecting upon six variables – GDP per capita, healthy years of life expectancy, social support (as measured by getting assistance from a ward in times of trouble), trust in the government and business, perceived freedom to make life choices, and generousity (as measured by recent donations).

 

These factors were rated on a scale of 0 (worst) to 10 (best), with the average score of 5.4. Having paid critical attention to their findings, we present a countdown of 15 of the unhappiest African nations.

15. Ivory Coast

Average score: 3.916

World Ranking: 139

Ivorian are unhappy because the country's GDP is not as bad as most countries in Sub-Saharan Africa but corruption keeps making a mess of their wealth distribution. Image credit:

Ivorian are unhappy because the country’s GDP is not as bad as most countries in Sub-Saharan Africa but corruption keeps making a mess of their wealth distribution. Image credit: jbdodane

Ivory Coast has a relatively high income per capita but Ivoirians are quick to express dissatisfaction with life expectancy. The nation struggle with health issues like maternal mortality, female genital mutilation and HIV Aids. There were also strong indications of social support and freedom to make choices; however, corruption as mitigation was also discussed among respondents.

14. Angola

Average score: 3.866

World Ranking: 141

Despite the rich oil deposit in the country, Angola is one of the unhappiest African nation.

Despite the rich oil deposit in the country, Angola is one of the unhappiest African nation. Image credit: jbdodane

Today, Angolans are still licking the wounds of the disruption caused by the long-fought civil war, which crippled the nation’s former agricultural sector. There is a substantial mineral resources and hydroelectric power to cash in on, but a chunk of the revenue generated from Oil – her chief export product – had either gone to the armed forces or left unaccounted for due to corruption. Life expectancy in Angola is among the worst in the world, with one in six children dying before the age of five.

13. Niger

Average Score 3.856

World Ranking 142

Road connections in the rural areas of Niger are mainly unpaved, another factor that has left her among the unhappiest African nations.

Road connections in the rural areas of Niger are mainly unpaved, another factor that has left her among the unhappiest African nations. Image credit: Gustave Deghilage

Crops and livestock farming (of a subsistence nature) is the major occupation of an overwhelming fraction of Niger’s population. Struggles with drought, desertification, widespread poverty and lack of infrastructure continue to weaken the nation’s GDP per capita. The West African nation scored low in all but one variable, which happens to be the area of social support.

12. South Sudan

Average score: 3.832

World Ranking: 143

The UN fears that South Sudan might be at risk of famine. Image credit:

The UN fears that South Sudan might be at risk of famine. Image credit: Steve Evans

About half of its population is lacking access to a hygienic water source and not less than 1,690,000 of them are internally displaced people (IDP), some of who are from neighbouring countries. The wellbeing of the Southern Sudanese people is greatly questioned. High infant (under-five) and maternal mortality rates indicate an extremely poor life expectancy amidst corrupt government.

11. Chad

Average score: 3.763

World Ranking:  144

To make a meagre living for their families girls in the eastern city of Goz Beida break stones during the day, everyday of the week with only a cloth to protect them from the scorching sun. Image credit:

To make a meagre living for their families girls in the eastern city of Goz Beida break stones during the day, everyday of the week with only a cloth to protect them from the scorching sun. Image credit: ECHO

Intermittent civil unrest and botched coup d’etat are regular fixtures in the Chadian socio-political landscape, which makes her one of the countries with the lowest life expectancy. Corruption is at its peak; malnutrition and contagious infections leaves life expectancy at a very poor state and people feel they can’t make life choices.

10. Burkina Faso

Average score: 3.739

World Ranking: 145

The principal cash crop i Burkina Faso is cotton. Harsh whether is among the reason why this country is among the 20 unhappiest African nations. Image credit:

The principal cash crop in Burkina Faso is cotton. Harsh whether is among the reason why this country is among the 20 unhappiest African nations. Image credit:  Ollivier Girard for Center for International Forestry Research

Nature is her undoing and, even a greater percentage of the country’s land area rarely experience sufficient rainfall for agricultural purposes, so there is virtually nothing for economy diversification. The annual cost of Burkina Faso imports is often much more than earnings from exports and in today’s era of global food crises and skyrocketing exchange rate, an average Burkinabe’s concerns include: low life expectancy, lack of willpower, corruption and avarice.

09. Uganda

Average score: 3.739

World Ranking: 146

Unemployment is a major challenge in Uganda with more youth taking to agriculture. Image credit:

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Unemployment is a major challenge in Uganda with more youth turning to agriculture. Image credit: Rod Waddington

If only the Idi Amin regime had fared better; the East African nation could have been better off today but that’s one keen title for an unlikely post on this blog. Economic revival of her post-civil war era brought relative stability to her GDP per capita yet corruption and unemployment looms among residents, who nonetheless express a high level of social support.

08. Madagascar

World score: 3.695

World Ranking: 148

Despite the size of this island, the Malagasy conceive willpower to lead a life of choice as a luxury. Image credit:

Despite the size of this island, the Malagasy conceive willpower to lead a life of choice as a luxury. Image credit: David Dennis

Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world with a projected population of over 22 million people. The quality of life is quite low for a large number of the Malagasy people, who rather view freedom of choice as a privilege, generousity as very unlikely and corruption as far too familiar.

07. Tanzania

Average score: 3.666

World Ranking: 149

Underutilisation of natural resources has left Tanzania among the unhappiest African nations. Image credit:

Underutilisation of natural resources has left Tanzania among the unhappiest African nations. Image credit: Feans

Despite recent growth in the country’s GDP per capital, a large number of Tanzanians are exposed to challenges like hunger, malnutrition and underutilisation of her natural resources.  As a result, life expectancy is low.

06. Liberia

Average score: 3.622

World Ranking: 150

A Liberian soldier scans his sector during exercise. Image credit:

A Liberian soldier scans his sector during exercise. Image credit: Mark Lazane

The large scale civil war and the Ebola epidemic of recent times have not permitted the oldest republic of the continent any opportunity to rebound to her glory era. The SDSN report shows that Liberia has one of the lowest GDP’s per capita among any other nation taken into consideration.

05. Guinea

Average score: 3.607

World Ranking: 151

Typical street scene of Guinea people selling tea and snacks. Image credit:

Typical street scene of Guinea people selling tea and snacks. Image credit: NeilsPhotography 1998

The 2014 Ebola outbreak actually started in Guinea before making its way into Liberia. Civil unrest, including clashes with neighbouring Sierra Leone and Liberia, as well as immigration of over hundreds of thousands of refugees from the latter two areas, have impacted negatively on her life expectancy.

04. Rwanda

Average score: 3.515

World Ranking: 152

Minibuses, such as this Arsenal-themed minibus, operate on fixed loops in Rwanda. Image credit:

Minibuses, such as this Arsenal-themed minibus, operate on fixed loops in Rwanda. Image credit: Adam Cohn

Rwanda has yet to fully recover from the devastating genocide masterminded by the Hutu in mid-1994. As a result, Rwanda account very poorly for most of the factors considered in this report from GDP per capita, low life expectancy to social support.

03. Benin

Average score: 3.484

World Ranking: 153

The floating market at Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin. Image credit:

The floating market at Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin. Image credit: David Stanley

About a third of Benin population live below the international poverty line, despite her widely accepted reputation of political stability. Benin is the fifth unhappiest nation in the world and third in Africa, with an extremely low outcome for social support.

02. Togo

Average score: 3.303

World Ranking: 155

Lome in Togo, 2nd least unhappy African nation.

Lome in Togo, 2nd least unhappy African nation. Image credit: Panoramas

Togo scored badly for low life expectancy and generousity, a weak GDP per capita, a result which could be attributed to her overdependence on foreign capital for trade.

01. Burundi

Average score: 2.905

World Ranking: 157

This kid is ideally not supposed to be sitting in front of this office at this hour of the dayThese kids ideally shouldn’t be seated in front of this office at this time of the day in Colline Rubona, Kirundo, if Burundi were not one of the unhappiest African nations. Image Credit: Brice Blondel

The report suggests that Burundi residents are the unhappiest people in the world, with minimal scores in every category used to validate the SDSN report – perceptions of corruption, GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy and freedom to make choices.

 

Reference: 

http://worldhappiness.report/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/03/HR-V1_web.pdf

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