President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, has said that his country is the “most highly developed country in Africa” after South Africa, even ahead of Nigeria and Egypt. Mugabe stated this at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Durban, South Africa.
“After South Africa, I want to see what country has the level of development that you see in Zimbabwe.”
“We have over 14 universities and our literacy rate is over 90 [%] – is the highest in Africa.
“Yes, we have our problems… but we have resources, perhaps more than the average country in the world, is it gold, diamond, coal… and our agriculture is very viable and this year we will have a bumper harvest,” he said.
Zimbabwe is ranked 24th on the UNDP’s Human Development Index for Africa, and 154th in the world. Nigeria is in 152nd place.
The number of universities in Nigeria (including those awaiting accreditation) is still 130. Zimbabwe’s 14 universities to 12 million people is a much better ratio than Nigeria’s 130 universities to 180 million people.
The GDP per capita of Zimbabwe is $970 per annum, compared to Nigeria’s $2,750. You could not survive two days in Zimbabwe, with their food shortages, and shortages of basic goods and services.
However, Zimbabwe also have consistent running water, smooth, tarred roads all over their cities, subsidised social housing, 90%+ literacy and human development indices that are superior to at least half of Nigeria. Their infrastructure stock was built by Europeans before majority rule happened in 1980 without a destructive civil war. They are also having a bumper harvest, meeting all their internal food needs with leftover to export. Nigeria is still importing garri and wheat and corn.
Meanwhile after delivering his speech, 93 year old Mugabe headed back to his seat and slept off.