Africa, along with Asia, is experiencing a period of high growth both in terms of economy and population. Between 2000 and 2017, Africa's economy grew an average of 4.3 percent.

Attracted to its natural resources, Japanese companies are strengthening footholds on the continent in helping to develop Africa's energy sector among other industries.

Africa's population has also grown rapidly over the last 30 years, and the current population of about 1.3 billion is expected to reach 2.49 billion by 2050. Nigeria, a country about the size of Texas, is currently one of the most populous countries on earth and its population is predicted to be over 730 million by 2100.

Here are some statistics that show where Africa stands today.

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