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HBCU Money™ Business Book Feature – W. Arthur Lewis and the Birth of Development Economics


W. Arthur Lewis was one of the foremost intellectuals, economists, and political activists of the twentieth century. In this book, the first intellectual biography of Lewis, Robert Tignor traces Lewis’s life from its beginnings on the small island of St. Lucia to Lewis’s arrival at Princeton University in the early 1960s. A chronicle of Lewis’s unfailing efforts to promote racial justice and decolonization, it provides a history of development economics as seen through the life of one of its most important founders.

If there were a record for the number of “firsts” achieved by one man during his lifetime, Lewis would be a contender. He was the first black professor in a British university and also at Princeton University and the first person of African descent to win a Nobel Prize in a field other than literature or peace. His writings, which included his book The Theory of Economic Growth, were among the first to describe the field of development economics.

Quickly gaining the attention of the leadership of colonized territories, he helped develop blueprints for the changing relationship between the former colonies and their former rulers. He made significant contributions to Ghana’s quest for economic growth and the West Indies’ desire to create a first-class institution of higher learning serving all of the Anglophone territories in the Caribbean.

This book, based on Lewis’s personal papers, provides a new view of this renowned economist and his impact on economic growth in the twentieth century. It will intrigue not only students of development economics but also anyone interested in colonialism and decolonization, and justice for the poor in third-world countries.

2014 World Cup: Key Facts About Africa’s 5 Participating Countries



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Picture Above: Mediterranean view from Algiers rooftop.

Location: Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Morocco and Tunisia

Population: 38 813 722

Literacy Rate: Overall – 72.6% l Male – 81.3% l Female – 63.9%

GDP (purchasing power parity): $284.7 billion

GDP Growth Rate: 3.1%

Unemployment Rate: 10.3%

Population below poverty line: 23%


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Picture Above: Lake Nyos is a crater lake on the flank of an inactive volcano.

Location: Central Africa, bordering the Bight of Biafra, between Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria

Population: 23 130 708

Literacy Rate: Overall – 71.3% l Male – 78.3% l 64.8%

GDP (purchasing power parity): $53.16 billion

GDP Growth Rate: 4.6%

Unemployment Rate: 30%

Population below poverty line: 48%


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Picture Above: Mothers start a club to invest in girls’ education.

Location: Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Ghana and Liberia

Population: 22 848 945

Literacy Rate: Overall – 56.9% l Male – 65.6% l Female – 47.6%

GDP (purchasing power parity): $43.67 billion

GDP Growth Rate: 8%

Unemployment Rate: N/A

Population below poverty line: 42%


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Picture Above: Performers at Ghana sporting event.

Location: Western Africa, bordering the Gulf of Guinea, between Cote d’Ivoire and Togo

Population: 25 758 108

Literacy Rate: Overall – 71.5% l Male – 78.3% l Female – 65.3%

GDP (purchasing power parity): $90.41 billion

GDP Growth Rate: 7.9%

Unemployment Rate: 11%

Population below poverty line: 28.5%




Picture Above: Aerial view of photo festival in the capital city, Lagos.

Location: Western Africa, bordering the Gulf of Guinea, between Benin and Cameroon

Population: 177 155 754

Literacy Rate: Overall – 61.3% l Male – 72.1% l Female – 50.4%

GDP (purchasing power parity): $478.5 billion

GDP Growth Rate: 6.2%

Unemployment Rate: 23.9%

Population below poverty line: 70%

Why Not Africa? A Land Of Opportunity For African Americans

By Cordie Aziz

Africa, for the longest time, was thought of as a place where savages and wild beasts roamed endless plains and jungles. However, as time has advanced so has Africa and its image. Now boasting some of the fastest growing economies in the world, countries like Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya are outpacing many developed countries. Other African countries, like Ghana, are now considered middle class countries, illustrating to the world that many African countries are ready to start competing intenationally.

So in the midst of all of this development and economic growth you have to ask yourself why aren’t more African- Americans following the trends of investing in Africa. Is it lack of knowledge of the opportunities, is it the fear of moving into an unknown continent or is it just lack of interest?

If you had a chance to read the job analysis featured on HBCU Money last week, you saw that overall blacks are still losing jobs in the American economy. They, in fact, still boast the highest unemployment rate of all the races, despite their educational level. So, at what point, will African Americans decide to do something different? What will it take for African Americans to not only see the potential in Mother Africa, but to help actualize it as well?

From cell phone apps to grocery and dry cleaning services, every part of the African market is expanding. Each day new opportunities are created and all the market needs is the right person to fill the gap. So why continue to waste your time fighting for crumbs and you can have a whole pie?

If you are young and have a few thousand dollars accessible to you, I would strongly recommend looking into investing overseas. Yes, you will have to do your research and find the right opportunity for you. But once you do, it will be a decision that you will never regret.

So now that you have some basic information, tell me what is stopping you from looking at investments in Africa?

Cordie Aziz, is a former Congressional staffer who moved to Ghana after losing her job in 2011. She currently is the owner of a cell phone rental company in Ghana and has the blog brokEntrepreneur.wordpress.com

Follow her on twitter @brokenEntrepren