With one of Africa’s strongest military army, is Ethiopia poised to be the most powerful country and superpower of Eastern Africa?
Nigeria is Africa’s only global superpower. With our power coming from a high population and oil money. Already, we are Africa’s biggest economy and have a decent record of regional engagement in West Africa. By 2040 we will be the fourth largest country in the world after India, China, and the United States with 320-million people.
Until recently, Kenya has been the giant of Eastern and Central African economy, but Ethiopia is now ahead, far ahead. The East African nation comes with the strongest military firepower and the most advanced weaponry. Their high population contributes to their military power as well (being more than 100 million)
Ethiopia has been voted World Tourism Destination of choice by UNTWO. Secondly, Ethiopia is the only country in Sub-Saharan Africa to come up with a modern transit railway system with new electric-powered trains called trams. This is the Kenyan version of the scandal-wrecked Standard Gauge Railway.
Thirdly, Ethiopian Airlines has officially taken over the African skies, superseding the once giant KQ and South African Airways. Who doesn’t know of the massive theft haunting KQ? The cost of travelling using Ethiopian Airlines is 65% that of KQ and Kenyans are opting for the former, what an irony.
Fourth, Ethiopia is massively increasing its energy grid. The great Renaissance dam along the intersection of River Omo and the Nile is a case in study. This project alarmed Kenya and Egypt such that they almost took Ethiopia to the International Treaty Court for disobeying the global waters treaty.
Agency ranks Kenya as the most powerful nation in East Africa based on its manpower, range of weaponry, logistical flexibility and budgets. Kenya’s military is ranked below Ethiopia and is also smaller than its East African peers based on personnel headcount.