By Isaac Esipisu There are many reasons for being angry with Africa ’s strong men, whose autocratic ways have thrust some African countries back into the eye of the storm and threatened to undo the democratic gains in other parts of the continent of the past decades. For those who made ultimate political capital from opposing strongman rule in their respective countries, it is a chilling commentary of African politics that several leaders now seek to cement their places and refusing to retire and watch the upcoming elections from the sidelines, or refusing to hand over power after losing presidential elections.
Zambia’s new president, Michael Sata, continues to set a new course for leadership among high elected officials in Africa. Last month he declared he would avoid foreign trips because he did not want to waste the country’s resources on extravagances when the funds could be better used to assist poor Zambians. Now the Africa Works correspondent in Lusaka, Chanda Chisala, explains that even when Sata does travel within the region — he went to Uganda in mid-December to hand over leadership of a sub-regional grouping to Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni — Sata is doing so in an unusual manner.
The idea is spreading that sub-Saharan Africans can take positive steps to reduce the adverse effects of climate change. They are not, in short, doomed, and through their own labors can improve their livelihoods while at the same time making prudent steps to adapt to global warming
I had my own tailor for some years in Accra, Ghana.
The Economist this week has a rousing article on the robust economic growth in much of sub-Saharan Africa. Impressive.
For another overlooked positive trend in the sub-Saharan, see my article today in the New York Times, “Vast and Fertile Ground in Africa for Science to take root.” The article presents smart Africans doing important things in a dignified manner: always an important message when the facts on the ground amply justify.