Despite witnessing a roaring and exceptional performance in recent months, with Bola Tinubu’s emergence as Nigeria’s President, the Nigerian Exchange has failed to secure a spot among Africa’s best-performing stock markets. Traders on the Nigerian Exchange have capitalized on the slightly renewed confidence and the return of equity and portfolio investors to the Nigerian economy, leading to significant gains in the past two months.
While Nigerian stocks have shown impressive growth, the country’s stock market has been outperformed by smaller markets on the continent. Countries such as Malawi, Namibia, and Zambia have emerged as the top performers, boasting remarkable returns on investment.
Malawi’s stock market has witnessed a surge of 67.6% in US dollars, positioning itself as one of Africa’s best-performing exchanges. Meanwhile, Namibia’s stock market defied the odds and achieved an impressive 18.1% rise in US dollar returns, thanks to its stable economic conditions that attract investors seeking reliable investments.
Zambia’s stock market demonstrated persistent grit, recording a robust 15.5% gain in US dollars. Similarly, Seychelles and Uganda exhibited impressive resilience, with both countries recording a 3.7% increase in US dollars, inspiring trust and confidence among investors.
Ghana’s stock market, despite facing challenges such as high inflation and economic uncertainties, delivered a 3.0% gain. Supported by a diversified economy and an investor-friendly climate, the West African country continues to attract investors.
Although the Nigerian Exchange has seen substantial growth, it will need to compete with these top-performing African stock markets to solidify its position as one of the continent’s best. As traders and investors seek opportunities, these rankings serve as a guide to make informed investment decisions. The Nigerian market may need to further enhance its appeal and investor confidence to climb the ranks and become a more competitive player in Africa’s flourishing financial landscape.