It makes sense that electricity is a huge factor in success. I mean, how are you supposed to run a business or study at night if you have no way to see? Africa has generally struggled in this department, but check out the six African countries selected for Obama’s Power Africa initiative, which aims to increase electricity access by 20 million homes and businesses over the next five years. One look at these "before" shots, and you can see how much it’s needed.
It'll be interesting to see if/how this lopsidedness changes in a few years based on what Power Africa says is gonna happen.