12 Sub-Saharan African Countries With The Best Access To Electricity
Many of us take access to electricity for granted, but only two out of every five people in Africa have decent access to energy to power lights and other electrical appliances throughout the day.
Around 625 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa have no access to electricity, according to the International Energy Agency.
North Africa is not considered within this discussion, as countries such as Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia have 100 percent energy access across the board, but for parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, this is not the case.
We take a look at 12 Sub-Saharan African countries with the best access to electricity.
Nigeria 56 percent
Just ahead of Ivory Coast in terms of access to electricity (55.8 percent), in Nigeria 56 percent of the population are able to use electricity in their homes according to World Bank data.
Senegal – 56.5 percent
The Senegalese are moving in the right direction in terms of the availability of power for their people, and while there is still a long way to go, at least 56.5 percent of the country is able to access decent electricity supply.
Sao Tome and Principe – 60.5 percent
The former Portuguese colony is another of the African nations that is above the 60 percent threshold for access to electricity on the continent, providing around 60.5 percent of the people in Sao Tome and Principe with electrical power.
Guinea Bissau – 60.6 percent
Following on the heels of Sao Tome and Principe, Guinea Bissau can lay claim to access to electricity that rivals many of the countries on the African continent, with 60.6 percent of the people in the country accessing electricity supply.
Ghana – 64.1 percent
While the Ghanaian people may experience rolling blackouts and scheduled power rationing on a fairly consistent basis, the country can be proud to be among the top 10 African nations in terms of overall access to electricity.
Equatorial Guinea – 66 percent
The oil-rich nation of Equatorial Guinea has developed in leaps and bounds since 1990, when access to electricity was at around 56.6 percent. The stat has improved to 66 percent, and will continue to rise.
Comoros – 69.3 percent
A dramatic improvement in power access has seen the Comoros rise up in this list from 1990, when the percentage was around 42, to about 69.3 percent in 2012. Few African nations have experienced that kind of improvement in access.
Cape Verde – 70.6 percent
Another of the former Portuguese colonies on this list, Cape Verde is able to provide over 70 percent of their people with energy from the electricity grid. This is a solid improvement compared to 58.2 percent in 1990.
Gabon – 89.3 percent
With World Bank statistics showing electricity access in Gabon at just below 90 percent, the Gabonese boast an incredibly high rate of access to electrical power, and with time they will continue to close the gap on those without power.
South Africa – 90 percent
With around 90 percent of the population given access to electricity, South Africa is an example to other nations on the continent, considering the fact that the percentage has consistently improved from 77.1 percent in 2002 to 85.5 percent in 2015.
Seychelles – 100 percent
One of only two countries within Sub-Saharan Africa to provide 100 percent of the population with access to electricity, the island nation of the Seychelles can boast a wonderful record that any African state would be proud of.
Mauritius – 100 percent
At number one in Sub-Saharan Africa, due to the size of their population being bigger than that of the Seychelles, Mauritius is the other country that offers all of their people access to electricity.
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