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About John Akhile Sr.

The author, John Akhile, is a man of varied entrepreneurial accomplishment in several fields. His range of interest includes fields as diverse from one another as; international trade, real estate and restaurants, demonstrating his keen interest in international affairs and in the cultural underpinnings of society. In many respects he is as a true "Renaissance" man because he has great depth of knowledge and command in many diverse fields. However his central passion has been the African continent and people, having concentrated on the issues hindering development and growth in African countries for more than more three decades. It has led to one self-published book and Unleashed.

Re-Engineering Development in African Countries Part Twenty: Conclusion

This article is a continuation of Re-Engineering Development in African Countries Part Nineteen African countries are at an inflection point in their post-independence existence. Prosperity is truly within the reach of the countries of the continent. For predictive cause and effect, there are internal and external indicators. The most important internal indicator is that, slowly [...]

Re-Engineering Development in African Countries Part Nineteen: Rolling up the Sleeves

This article is a continuation of Re-Engineering Development in African Countries Part Eighteen At the end of the day, all the ideas and visionary profundity, devoid of “elbow grease” amounts to nothing and will result in nothing. All the great societies were built on the grit, toil, and ingenuity of individuals from every walk of [...]

Corruption in Equatorial Guinea, Land Reform in South Africa, and the Significance of AGOA

What do millions of dollars worth of watches found in Brazil, land reform in South Africa, and AGOA all have in common? They are all topics of this month’s episode of the Unleash Africa podcast. In this episode, our host, John Akhile, author of Unleashed: A New Paradigm of African Trade with the World, takes [...]

Re-Engineering Development in African Countries Part Eighteen: The Struggle for Economic Emancipation

This article is a continuation of Re-Engineering Development in African Countries Part Seventeen History informs and cautions. Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, 19th century Spanish-American Philosopher wrote: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” In the goal of achieving the economic emancipation of their countries, African nations need [...]

Strategic Thinking is Key to Prosperity

African leaders have failed their people through a lack of foresight and strategic thinking. But, if those leaders can understand how they can bring their nations into the race to the top of economic prosperity, their people will benefit.

Re-Engineering Development in African Countries Part Seventeen: Nigeria – Transitioning to a Diversified Economy

This article is a continuation of Re-Engineering Development in African Countries Part Sixteen Nigeria has the potential of fielding a $2 trillion economy in 20 years. There is substantial evidence to support it. With more than 170 million people, most of whom are younger than 30 years old, there is abundant labor resources in the [...]

Re-Engineering Development in African Countries Part Sixteen: New Leaders Can Transform Zimbabwe

This article is a continuation of Re-Engineering Development in African Countries Part Fifteen Almost every commentator on the affairs of Africa and its people agree that there is much to recommend the continent and people. There are naturally occurring resources and fertile land for agriculture. There is abundant natural energy from the sun, rivers, and [...]

Re-Engineering Development in African Countries Part Fifteen: Trying to Serve Two Masters

This article is a continuation of Re-Engineering Development in African Countries Part Fourteen Let’s start with some “givens.” It is a given that many Africans, like their counterparts in other parts of the world are gifted, talented, and capable of self-help. History has established the factual reality of the statement. One can say from before [...]

It Is About Jobs!

There’s an old proverb that says, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” In a similar way, African nations need to find a way to long-term fixes for their people instead of offering ineffective, short-term assistance. And the way to do that is with jobs.

Re-Engineering Development in African Countries Part Fourteen: The Bane of Economic Development in African Countries

This article is a continuation of Re-Engineering Development in African Countries Part Thirteen. The bane of economic development in Africa is a legacy, perhaps the most assiduous, of colonial rule. But it is not a scheme that colonialists cooked up and fed to their colonies. It was absorbed by socio-cultural osmosis. The advent of Europeans [...]