This is good good news for Nigeria, and in the midst of all the madness it’s good to see that there’s some good coming out of our economy. Nigeria has now jumped South Africa to become the largest economy in Africa.
Nigerian GDP now includes previously uncounted industries like telecoms, information technology, music, online sales, airlines, and film production. GDP for 2013 totalled 80.3 trillion naira (£307.6bn: $509.9bn), the Nigerian statistics office said, which compares with South Africa’s GDP of $370.3bn at the end of 2013.
However, some economists point out that Nigeria’s economic output is underperforming because at 170 million people, its population is three times larger than South Africa’s.
On a per-capita basis, South Africa’s GDP numbers are three times larger than Nigeria’s.
He added: “The Nigerian population is not better off tomorrow because of that announcement. It doesn’t put more money in the bank, more food in their stomach. It changes nothing.”
Rebasing is carried out so that a nation’s GDP statistics give the most up-to-date picture of an economy as possible.