Addressing the Escalating Threat of Cybercrime in African Nations: Strategies for Legislation, Governance, and Capacity Building

1Ugwu Jovita Nnenna and 2Ugwuanyi Ifeoma Perpetua

1Department of Publication and Extension Kampala International University Uganda.

2Department of Educational Management Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu Nigeria.


This overall assessment considers the intricate terrain of cyber-threats in African countries in depth, showing how varied it is, what its economic consequences are, and why the appropriate countermeasures are needed. Cybercrime is a comprehensive threat that includes different types of activities, including hacking and phishing, right up to damaging intellectual property. The ripple effect goes far beyond immediate financials losses and is caused by service failures and reputational damage. The rising trends of cybercrime in Africa necessitate the urgency to fight it because, of its prevalence, with the annual losses running into billions. The article looks at the growth of cybercrime in Africa, especially the fact that cybercriminals are revolving into cybercriminal activities. As we’ve witnessed an internet population of over a billion people in the continent, the vulnerabilities become more widespread as there are insufficient cyber security laws and regulations in place. Mobile phone propagation aggravates weak security infrastructure that today are scaring Africa with a total cost of up to $4 billion yearly. Businesses and governments may fail to engage in cyber security which will increase their vulnerability since the commitment to the cyber security measures will be delayed, and timely and tactical response is needed. Legislation is a critical element in tackling cyber-attacks and this is a challenge many African countries face when it comes to enacting all-encompassing laws. The rules of Budapest Convention are used to create a guiding framework, which is aimed at supporting the harmonization with the international standards for the efficient cooperation. A coordinated effort culturally, as well as internationally, becomes evident to protect Africa’s digital future by lessening the economic and social implications of cyber threats.

Keywords: Cybercrime, cybercrime strategies, internet security, cyber legislation, cyber governance, cyber capacity building and cyber threats.

CITE AS: Ugwu Jovita Nnenna and Ugwuanyi  Ifeoma Perpetua (2024). Addressing the Escalating Threat of Cybercrime in African Nations: Strategies for Legislation, Governance, and Capacity Building. IDOSR JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION AND ENGLISH 9(1) 8-10.