These 5 African Countries Have One Thing In Common: ‘Chinese Built Railways’  

There’s no doubt China has been investing heavily in Africa over the past couple of years. Like it or not, they’re playing a key role in the infrastructural development of some African countries. Be it in the form of financial aid, labour or equipment, the results are there for us to see.

Railway construction and expansion in Africa has been one major area the Chinese government is keen on. According to, “Data from the Chinese government shows that China, through aid and financing support, has helped build or are building more than 6,200 kilometers of railways in Africa.”

Mombasa Terminus, Kenya. — Photo Credit: Melissa Lefkowitz

In light of this, let’s take a look at five African countries whose railway system is “A-OK” thanks to Chinese aid:

Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway, Kenya

Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway, Kenya.
— Photo Credit:
Xinhua/Chen Cheng

Addis Ababa Light Rail Transit, Ethiopia


Addis Ababa Light Rail Transit, Ethiopia. –Photo Credit: Xinhua/Sun Ruibo

Lobito-Luau railway, Angola 

Lobito-Luau Railway, Angola. — Photo Credit: Xinhua/Pang Shuguang

Ethiopia-Djibouti Railway

Ethiopia-Djibouti Railway. — Photo Credit: Xinhua/Sun Ruibo

Abuja-Kaduna Railway, Nigeria

Abuja-Kaduna Railway, Nigeria. — Photo Credit: Xinhua/Yang Hongjie.


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