If Africa can withstand present and likely health epidemics, the handicap of long-standing leaders, tribalism as well as any major conflicts in 2019, then the continent stands to make remarkable gains.
With many African nations heavily engaged and benefiting from partnerships with China, along with the actions of international private equity firms increasing their purchases of African assets as in Kenya and with European car production booming in places like Rwanda, while Ivory Coast looks to increase its electricity output to meet demand, Africa is poised in 2019 to enter an economic realm that has evaded it for centuries.
But Africa's transition to possible greater economic viability in 2019 could be dampened by the prolonged stay of long-term despots throughout the continent. The persistent Ebola virus continues to pose a serious health threat to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and its neighbors Rwanda and Uganda. This dreaded reality could up-end Africa's hard sought after advancement. Moreover, the recent discovery of an Ebola-like virus in fruit bats in the Ivory Coast could cause a longer delay to Africa's upward mobility.
Furthermore, social upheaval in Sudan against corruption could transcend to other nations, thus strengthening militants groups already in operation on the continent.
In spite of active negative variables at work against the further development of Africa, its positive relationships, especially those economic ones with places like China, offer to be more than sufficient to sustain the advancement of Africa and its peoples.