http://hdr.undp.org/en/content/download-data (table 1)
Venezuela as of 2019 data is already below Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Ecuador and Suriname. Only Guyana is below Venezuela now (in South America).
No more excuses.
Search "UN HDI report 2020" or similar.
Or has this been updated since your comment?
Still you dont always have to be first to say well done. 8th in a list of approx 197 is well done. "winning" isnt everything, only for people that like to brag. Doing well is what matters (I am talking with things in general not just about the quiz subject)? For instance on a climb of mount everest I wouldnt call the ones that didnt come first losers, it is still and achievement. Sometimes people are so focussed on that first place like it is all or nothing. Ok I'll stop ranting, or next I'll be on about the environment or something ;) (where the attitude often is, when you can 100% fix something ( but maybe 90%) why bother even trying)
A passing interest in current African affairs will help you pick out the success stories and avoid the horror stories.