The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa

The book is here!  From my publisher:

The Bright Continent calls for a necessary shift in our thinking about Africa. Olopade shows us that the increasingly globalized challenges Africa faces can and must be addressed with the tools Africans are already using to solve these problems themselves. Africa’s ability to do more with less—to transform bad aid and bad government into an opportunity to innovate—is a clear ray of hope amidst the dire headlines and a powerful model for the rest of the world.

On a personal note: The Bright Continent represents three years of shoe-leather reporting across 18 countries, a lifetime of intuition, and a lot of conversation with dozens of generous, talented people. I hope you will read and enjoy it. I am confident it will change your mind about Africa.

Here is an interview about the book, with CNN:

And here are the early reviews:

In her debut book, Nigerian-American journalist Olopade finds qualified cause for optimism about Africa’s future…A refreshingly hopeful argument, well-grounded in data and observation—of considerable interest to students of geopolitics, demographics and economic trends.”


"Nigerian-American journalist Olopade’s first book rebuts the view of Africa as mired in poverty, war, and failed aid projects, and instead offers a hopeful perspective."

—Publishers Weekly

“The Bright Continent is a long overdue and much needed corrective to the dominant perception of Africa. It is a book loaded with revelations of heroic, and often ingenious lives, all of which are eloquently and poignantly brought to life through Dayo’s brilliant observations.”

—Dinaw Mengestu, author of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears and All Our Names

“This book captures the complex thoughts of a whole generation of young Africans. Olopade shows Africa as it is, a complicated space occupied by real people with the desire and the power to shape our futures.”

—Uzodinma Iweala, author of Beasts of No Nation and editor of Ventures Africa Magazine

“Bright Continent will change your view of Africa. It’s that simple. Dayo Olopade looks with the eyes of a first-generation Nigerian-American and sees a landscape of ingenuity, technological innovation, and grit. A lively and enjoyable read.”

—Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO of the New America Foundation and Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University

"Dayo Olopade has written a book that bracingly lives up to its title. In it, an Africa we are all too unaccustomed to seeing comes vividly to life thanks to her restless eye and keen curiosity. It is one of local solutions born of necessity and local heroes who arise from even the most fragile soil."
—Howard French, Associate Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and author of A Continent for the Taking

Happy reading! Again, you can get a copy here