In 2018, after a surprising turn of events, a wave of democratic transition spreads across sub-Saharan Africa. The forced resignation of Zimbabwe’s long-term president Robert
Mugabe at the end of 2017 triggers a wave of political change in other African countries upset with their leaders’ out-of-touch and ineffective leadership. South Africa’s Jacob Zuma
is forced out of power and Congo’s Joseph Kabila faces unprecedented demonstrations pushing him to flee the country. New leaders take power and announce that free and fair
elections monitored by international organisations will take place in the course of the year. In the meantime, the international business community, faced with a dearth of growth
prospects in advanced and emerging economies, pours money into investments in the rapidly liberalising region.