With this, the economy of South Africa, Nigeria’s main rival on the continent, entered a recession, in the last half of 2019 - third recession since 1994.
South Africa’s GDP dips
According to Q4 GDP figures released by SA’s Statistics office, on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020, South Africa’s economy shrank by 1.4% in the fourth quarter followed by a contraction of 0.8% recorded in Q3 last year.
Nigeria surpasses global forecasts in 2019
Compared to Nigeria, the West African nation grew by 2.3% in 2019, compared to 1.9% in 2018.
In the fourth quarter, ending December 2019, the Nigerian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) posted its strongest growth of 2.55% (year-on-year) in real terms, the highest since the 2016 recession.
2019 GDP figures: How the two countries stand on the continent right now
Based on the naira-dollar rates in the West African nation, Nigeria’s GDP stood at $402 billion or $476 billion, while South Africa’s economy was $352 billion in 2019, according to a report by Bloomberg News.