Africa:Obama ‘Proud’ to Visit Africa Again

[News24Wire] As former US president Barack Obama prepares to return to South Africa – and the continent – for the first time since he left office, ahead of next week’s annual Nelson Mandela lecture, he has paid homage to some of Africa’s best writers.

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South Africa:Why It’s Wrong to Blame Nation’s Woes On Mandela’s Compromises

[The Conversation Africa] If he were alive today, Nelson Mandela would probably be puzzled to find that it has become popular among South Africans frustrated with the pace of change to join former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe in casting him as a villain.

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Zimbabwe:The Blame Game – What Mugabe’s Been Playing Since 1980

[allAfrica] As Zimbabwe’s economy has gone from bad to worse in recent years, Robert Mugabe’s political and physical demise has been predicted many times but he has always confounded his many critics – so far at least. He has been seen as a revolutionary hero, fighting white minority rule for the freedom of his people, but some rank him among the continent’s worst.

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South Africa: Mandela the ‘Sell Out’ – Our Memories Have Been Blunted By Time

[The Journalist] A “sell-out” is defined as someone who intentionally betrays a cause for personal advancement. A sell-out is someone who sacrifices their core values for money. The Mandela sell-out trope is populism as its best- uttered with no appreciation for or interest in facts or nuance.

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