The African countries with the worst reputation in the world have been announced by the Reputation Insitute in its annual RepTrak index.
Rankings are based on a number of key drivers, including tolerance, safety, standard of living and attractiveness to tourists. The overall marks are given out of 100.
The list is dominated by North African countries.
Common themes in the rankings are intolerance, religious extremism, and poor foreign relations.
African countries with the worst reputations in the world:
1. Nigeria – 38.8
Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa thanks to rich reserves of oil, but religious tolerance in the country has left a lot to be desired and has led to the rise of the terrorist group Boko Haram. Nigeria’s reputation was further harmed by herdsmen menace.
2. Algeria – 46.8
Another North African nation ravaged by civil war, today Algeria suffers from a lack of political transparency: the government of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is routinely criticised for media censorship and intimidating behaviour towards opponents.
3. Egypt – 55.3
Egypt is the most populated country in North Africa and one of the most politically fraught, with liberals and Muslim Brotherhood voters alike opposed to the current government. This has given Egypt an dangerous reputation, and tourists have been warned to stay away.
4. South Africa – 55.10
The only southern African country on the list, and the most populated country in Southern Africa also happens to have a bad reputation. Today South Africa suffers from intolerance (xenophobia), their country’s image tarnished by the way they treat other Africans at home.
South Africa is no more a welcoming place for other Africans, and it is only getting worse.