Most people believe that sub-Saharan Africa is bound to break through and join the world economy in the next few decades, leapfrogging into a super continent, but without education there is a high likelihood they fall further behind. Most of the economies of sub-Saharan Africa are based in oil or manufacturing — manual labor — with little focus on education. With the progress of technology and automation many of these industries will be rendered obsolete. Without an understanding of the technologies, leapfrogging becomes improbable. Education needs to become the priority; the economies need to become knowledge based rather than labor based.