You heard it from me first. I posted something similar to this in the "The Africa the Media doesn't tell you about" thread and now I want to make a thread about this. To me East African countries like Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia are going to be the stars of Africa or rising lions in the coming future in my opinion. Either of those big three are going to be the giants of Africa(could have been the DRC). When it comes to Tanzania and Kenya I consider them to be in what I call a "safe zone" in Africa. What I mean is that they are away from dangerous conflicts that can spill in their countries as we've seen with West Africa and Central Africa. Now I know that Kenya is right next door to Somalia and Somali radicals have done terrorist acts in Kenya, but those radicals have NOT successfully OCCUPIED Kenya like the radicals seen in Northern Nigeria, Mali, Eastern Congo, Southern Algeria, etc. Kenya has not only been successful at keeping them at bay but the Somali terrorism seems to have cooled down. And Somalia as a country seems to be calming down to peace and so Kenya has no worries from terrorism. Anyways like I said Kenya and Tanzania for the most part are in the safe zone. Southern Africa region COULD have EASILY been the rising lions but sadly we are seeing a domino effect that spread from SA and even Botswana who many saw as an African success story is going broke. Botswana one of the most stable countries in Africa is seeing a stagnated economy due to its exports of diamonds slowly down. Botswana’s Diamond Exports Extend Decline Diamonds.net - Botswana’s Diamond Exports Extend Decline The economy needs to diversify. Horn of Africa outside of Ethiopia barely had a chance. A West Africa with Nigeria leading ECOWAS could have been a dream come true and the giant of Africa but a sloppy Nigeria continues to drop the ball along with an in debt Ghana. Ghana’s debt rises to GHC105bn Ghana’s debt rises to GHC105bn Next we have more and more Islamic radicals taking over West Africa from Mali, Northern Nigeria and Niger. At this point o me the Horn of Africa is more in the safe zone than West Africa. Of course we have some West African countries growing like Ivory Coast and Senegal, but to me their economy is not as big as Ethiopia's, Kenya's or Tanzania's nor do they have the potential to lead West Africa like Nigeria can. Finally we have Central Africa with wasted potential like the DRC and a Angola which refuses to diversify. Angola: Economy Diversification Deemed Big Challenge for Angola http://allafrica.com/stories/201605140243.html Anyways, at first i was hesitant to add Ethiopia due to what my sister there been telling me about the semi-dictatorship government, the protesters, state of emergency, ethnic groups being marginalized and a good number of the population living in poverty. But Ethiopia as of recently been surprising me. First with it continuing to have among the fastest growing economies in the world. World’s fastest growing economy Ethiopia is new flavour of the month for Africa watchers World’s fastest growing economy Ethiopia is new flavour of the month for Africa watchers Its new rail road that connects it directly to a port in Djibouti. http://www.thecoli.com/threads/chinese-built-ethiopia-djibouti-railway-opens.469895/ And it now being predicted with its economy soon surpassing Kenya as the largest in East Africa. Ethiopia to overtake Kenya as Eastern Africa’s top economy Ethiopia to overtake Kenya as Eastern Africa’s top economy Which are good signs despite the state of emergency. With Kenya like Tanzania it is again in the "safe zone" and its government continuing to push for democracy and its country continuing to be stable. Tanzania however is my favorite one and eyes have been on it for the longest. My eyes use to be on Nigeria and Angola, but they have now switched to Tanzania. Ethnic disputes in Tanzania while can be much better is vastly better than what is seen in Ethiopia, Nigeria or any other country. The country has not had no big conflicts in its history besides the Zanzibar revolution which was off the mainland. Ever since then the country has been stable which is perfect for development. But more importantly its economy continues to grow and like Ethiopia it can too surpass Kenya as largest economy of East Africa. Tanzania set to surpass Kenya as East Africa's economic giant Tanzania set to surpass Kenya as East Africa's economic giant | African Independent Not only that but Tanzania is among the fastest growing economies in the world just like with Ethiopia! And not only that I am glad to see them diversifying their economy and according to this tweet it is helping against income inequality. My only grip with Tanzania is that the poverty levels could be much better and that one party has dominated elections. Other than that if Tanzania continues on this right path I can see bright things in the future. Anyways I hope that if any of these big three becomes the giant of East Africa that they can successful lead the region. I see a lot of potential in this region more so than any other region in Africa, My biggest is that why was unstable ass South Africa allowed in the EAC and not Ethiopia??? I believe Ethiopia should join the EAC. Anyways thoughts?