In energy, technology, supply chain design and other areas, Africa has the ability to look at what works elsewhere then fashion its own answers.
It can openly embrace renewable energy technology and the latest innovative development ideas, with no historical imprint from which to break free.
It can develop flexible fuel grids that generate power with a mix of abundant wind, solar, hydro and bio energy, alongside conventional fuels such as oil and gas, which are also abundant.
Nowhere on Earth is there as much unused or poorly used arable land, so look for big agricultural breakthroughs and productivity gains in food production in Africa.
African economies are finally beginning to diversify beyond commodities, though this is still in the early stages.
Africa is seeing a returning diaspora that recognizes the potential and opportunities in their own countries. This population supports local economic growth with their skills and talent, by acting as “first movers”, investing back in their communities.