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Africa needs to stop ‘cut and paste’ Western politics to do better - 7 Mar 2018 14:50

Fredrick Golooba- ...

Do some of us Africans feel too gloomy too often about our countries and even ourselves? Are we too prone to dwelling on things that go wrong or that do not work and far less inclined to look on the bright side? Are we so used to seeing our glass as always half empty rather than as half-full, to borrow a familiar cliché? Obviously I do not speak to or interact with more than a handful of fellow Africans on a typical day. And the interactions are usually about mundane things such as work, the weather, and personal issues linked to everyday existence. Occasionally, however, I talk to Africans who think of themselves as intellectuals. Sometimes the encounters happen in the context of seminars, workshops and conferences, which are usually organised to discuss this or that aspect of Africa’s “development.” Sometimes the conversations happen over drinks here and there. For ...
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