• Business Insider Africa presents the top 10 African countries with the largest population mid-way into 2023. 

With over 140 million infants born each year, the world's population is still growing. The world population is expected to reach 8.5 billion people by 2030, 9.7 billion by 2050, and 10.4 billion by 2080, where it will stay until 2100, according to the United Nations' 2022 World Population Prospects report

The population growth rate has been gradually declining for decades, even though the world's population is projected to continue growing until around the year 2100. For the first time since 1950, the planet's population growth rate fell by below 1% in 2020. The population growth rate maintains a downward trend that began in the 1970s, when it was calculated in five-year intervals.

More than half of the projected expansion in world population between now and 2050 will come from just eight nations, five of which are African: the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines and Tanzania.

Africa is currently positioned as the fastest growing economy in the world, boasting the youngest population of any region. As a result, the population growth prediction mentioned above contrasts numerous economic benefits with problems associated with poor management of population growth.