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Updated Feb 2, 2020

The Luanda Leaks story has been one of the most gripping narratives regarding African corruption, displaying an extreme example of what many Africans view as a persistent problem throughout the continent. Yet the latest Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International shows that Angola is hardly unique when it comes to nepotism and embezzlement. Sub-Saharan Africa as a whole has an average corruption rating of 32 out of 100, significantly lower than the global average of 43. 

Most anti-corruption progress has been made in smaller countries such as the Seychelles, Botswana, and Cape Verde. 

The most disconcerting revelation from Transparency International’s report is that Africa’s five strongest economies have some of the lowest rankings, with little indication of progress, save for South Africa, which eked out a score of 44. Nigeria’s score dropped to 26, around the same level as when current president Muhammadu Buhari took office in 2015. Anti-corruption efforts by Buhari have raised accusations that only his political opponents are being targeted and that corruption from within his own ranks is not addressed, lowering Nigeria’s international standing on this matter.

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