This book title and cover caught my attention when I was browsing at
Barnes & Nobles and I wanted to find out a bit more about 1-the author and 2-what he had to say...
Positively impressed but being objective one has to know that when recounting history there will always be different perceptions of history.
Whatever the case couple of things he said while being interviewed by the Washington Post made 1 impression 2 me:
"The principal cause of Africa's demise is the failure of its leaders to provide effective government. In one country after another, ruling elites have been preoccupied with holding power for the purpose of self-enrichment, not for the advancement of their own people."
"The greatest hope for Africa is its people. They have shown remarkable resilience and fortitude in the face of decades of misrule and natural disasters. There is nothing wrong with Africa's people, only with their leaders. Given effective leadership, they thrive. There are as many examples of individual courage, compassion and commitment as you will find anywhere else in the world. The task for Africa is to find leaders more interested into the advancement of their own people than in feathering their own nests. A number of success stories - Botswana and post-apartheid South Africa - show what can be achieved."
Just for these 2 great analyses I thank and respect Martin Meredith..our African leaders need to get it together ,they don't get these leaderships positions for themselves and their families, they have nations to support & motivate...blablala...u know the speech..
But see all these fab' people I've blogged about will make 1 difference 1 day and are making a difference..
AHHH EDUCATION IS A BEAUTIFUL THING:)