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Nigeria’s insurance sector hits top 10 in Africa

By Alex Chiejina
LAGOS (Sundiata Post) – Nigeria has been listed as among the top 10 African insurance markets after South Africa, whose non- life Insurance premiums dominated African Insurance sector with market size of over US$1 billion each in 2014.

Nigeria ranked third with overall premium income of N386 billion (over Us$1billion). South Africa dominates Africa’s insurance markets both in life and non-life business.

Sundiata Post gathered that African insurance premium volume in 2014, totaled US$ 69 billion showing a slide from US$ 72 billion level in 2013. In a recent African insurance market survey published in the maiden edition of the ‘African Insurance Barometer’, life insurance accounted for about two-thirds of the 2014 total insurance premium in the continent with the remainder being generated from Non-Life Insurance, which took the lion’s share of 71% of total premiums in 2014.

The publication revealed that in Life Insurance, South Africa’s share of the total market was 87per cent, and 40 percent in Non-Life Insurance.

“Insurance premiums, accounted for 2.8% of African GDP in 2014. With the exception of South Africa and Namibia – where insurance penetration levels reached 14% (Life 11.3%, Non-Life 2.7%) and 7.3% (Life 5.1%, Non-Life 2.2%) respectively,” the report revealed.

The publication, however predicted strong Life insurance premium growth in Ghana, Kenya and Morocco, disclosing that in 2014, African Life insurance premiums, stood at US$ 45.8 billion, translating into a Life insurance penetration rate of 1.9%, significantly below the global average of 3.4%.

It said at an inflation adjusted real growth rate of 1.6%, African Life insurance, also grew much slower than global Life insurance premiums, which increased by 3.4% in 2014. It said with the exception of South Africa, African Life insurance markets are very small with only five other countries reaching a market size of more than US$ 500m in 2014.

“Among the nine largest Life markets in Africa, Ghana, Kenya and Morocco have enjoyed very strong Life insurance premium growth over the past few years, while the Egyptian market hardly grew at all “, it stated

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