As an international politics editor for one of the world’s largest news organizations, I helped reveal and explain the shaping trends of democracy and free-market economic growth taking hold across Africa.

Since then, as an Africa-based strategist on citizen-responsive democratic governance for the world’s largest development agency, I’ve studied up close the youthful awakening of this kinetic continent. My journeys and conversations with everyone from village women leaders to government ministers have inspired fundamental questions: How can we accelerate the positive trends, strengthen self-reliance and integrate Africa in the flow of global ideas, commerce and creativity?

Of the 2 billion people our planet will add in the next 30 years, half will be in African countries south of the Sahara Desert, the great geographic divide of this continent. In 2050, according to United Nations forecasts, Nigeria will replace the United States as the third most populous nation, behind India and China, and Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo will join the global top 10. Tanzania will be close behind.

No longer “developing,” these countries will be among the world’s largest markets and influences on global culture.

Border water: Ethiopia (right) and South Sudan (left)

My travels take me from the teeming metropolises of Addis Ababa, Nairobi and Accra to villages and indigenous peoples nestled into some of Africa’s most remote terrain. This is where I live.

Join me as I show you the emerging global Africa, sharing ideas, journeys and opportunities along the way. – Edward DeMarco

On Africa and the world

I, Emperor of Ethiopia, am here today to claim that justice which is due to my people …. God and history will remember your judgement.

HAILE SELASSIE TO THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS, 1936

My fellow citizens of the world: Ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

KENNEDY, 1961

Seeing the sun, the moon and the stars, I said to myself, Who could be the Master of these beautiful things?

JOSEPHINE BAKHITA, PATRON SAINT OF SUDAN

Let’s share ideas and create something together.