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  6. Internet shutdowns in sub-Saharan Africa cost $1.9bn

    Brian Otieno

    Data Journalist, BBC News

    Deliberate internet blockages across sub-Saharan Africa resulted in $1.9bn (£1.4bn) in losses last year - eight times more than in 2020, according to a tech website.

    Top10VPN says Nigeria was by far the worst-hit African country losing nearly $1.5bn, second globally to politically troubled Myanmar, which lost about $2.8bn.

    Top10VPN's report came as Nigeria lifted a ban on Twitter that had lasted for seven months, though many people circumvented it by using VPNs.

    Ethiopia was the second-most affected country in Africa having lost around $164m, followed by Sudan on almost $152m and Uganda at more than $109m, according to the report.

    More than half of the 21 countries that experienced major shutdowns were in sub-Saharan Africa.

    A BBC graphic showing that Nigeria has been worse affected than any other sub-Saharan African country.