Growing investment from abroad. Seruma also cites a United Nations Conference on Trade and Development report, which shows that capital flows to Africa are higher than three of the four BRIC countries. Africa is ahead of Brazil, India, and Russia. It's second only to China.
Attractive valuations. Seruma believes that many African countries are currently trading at attractive valuations. He says the average price-to-earnings ratio for African companies is about 8 to 9 percent compared with the S&P 500, which has an average P/E ratio of about 15 or 16 percent. "There's a huge valuation differential that is not explained by the risk," he says.
Young demographics. Compared with other regions of the world, Africa has a much younger median age, which means African governments aren't as burdened by elderly populations and pension plans. It also means that Africa has a young, vibrant workforce, Seruma says. Africa's most populous nation is Nigeria, which Seruma accounts for about a quarter of Africa's total population. Nigeria's median age is 19 years old. Compare that with 37 in the United States, 40 in the U.K., and 45 in Japan.