The DRC Remains Chaotic, Gambia's Heading The Same Way, But Tanzania's Looking Up – It's Been An Up-And-Down Year In Africa

“Shameful!”

That was how a friend of mine chose to say about Africa when I asked him to describe the continent in one word in the year 2016.

“But why?” I asked.

“Look, Zimbabwe is in bad shape, chaos is looming in Gambia and the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo is appalling. Yet the African Union is doing nothing tangible to resolve all these issues.”

Well, that was his personal opinion.

Another friend, however, was rather optimistic. He said: “Yes, a number of issues might have spelt a lot of ‘doom and gloom’ for the continent but definitely I see light at the end of all this.”