Africa rising: turning sporting potential into success

Kwame J.A. Agyemang, Nana Ama Ayenor, Marilyn Hammond, Joel Nii Borte Bortey

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Purpose: The purpose of this essay is to provide a better understanding of Africa's sport industry and demonstrate how the industry can be transformed. Design/methodology/approach: To do so, the authors rely on their varied experiences within Africa's sport ecosystem. This includes reflections based on consuming sport in Africa, studying the sport business landscape, and first-hand experiences working inside African sport organizations. Findings: The authors find that systemic challenges restrict the growth of Africa's sport industry; however, they maintain there are also reasons to be optimistic about the prospects of the industry. Research limitations/implications: While not an exhaustive list, the authors' commentary defines various research opportunities for scholars interested in both better understanding and improving Africa's sport industry. Practical implications: The stated challenges and proposed strategies have the potential to inform decision-makers within Africa's sport ecosystem. Social implications: Crucial to the continued growth and development of the continent, the authors propose that investments in sport can drive broader economic and social development beyond sport. Originality/value: The authors address the dearth of academic literature on Africa's sport industry, while also inviting more researchers to undertake research agendas that enhance Africa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-130
Number of pages14
JournalSport, Business and Management: An International Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2024

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  • Africa
  • Emerging sport economies
  • Investing in sport
  • Sport development
  • Sport industry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Marketing


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