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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 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 [...]

Re-Engineering Development in African Countries Part Thirteen: “Fiddling While Rome Burns”

This article is a continuation of Re-Engineering Development in African Countries Part Twelve. Secretary-General of UNCTAD, Murkhisa Kituyi is a breadth of fresh air in the discourse of the affairs of African countries. He is “Howard Cosellian” in delivering truth, “telling it like it is.” There is a lot that is right about his perspective [...]

Re-Engineering Development in African Countries Part Twelve: Winning the Support of Stakeholders

This article is a continuation of Re-Engineering Development in African Countries Part Eleven. Most African countries do not own their (formal) private sector. That means indigenous citizens do not control vital service and industrial companies in the private sector of virtually every African country. It is noteworthy because success of an economic agenda of every [...]

Pursuing the Right Strategy for Development

African countries have untapped potential in their natural resources and especially in their young and unemployed populations.

Re-Engineering Development in African Countries Part Eleven: Paving the Way for Exponential Economic Growth

This article is a continuation of Re-Engineering Development in African Countries Part Ten. There are two fundamental cultural changes that have to take place for African countries to extricate their societies from dependency and perpetual poverty. The first is that African leaders have to put away the “begging bowl.” The second is that they have [...]

Re-Engineering Development in African Countries Part Ten: Diversifying Sources of Income

This article is a continuation of Re-Engineering Development in African Countries Part Nine. To the eternal credit of the founding leaders of the Asian Tigers, they asked and answered the most important question that leaders have to ask and answer if they want their countries to traverse the road from poverty to respectability. The answer [...]

Stop Begging Bowl Diplomacy

The begging-bowl approach that African nations have continued to try to implement is a process that simply doesn’t work. So why do African leaders continue to go that route?

Re-Engineering Development in African Countries Part Nine: Building an Entrepreneurial Culture

This article is a continuation of Re-Engineering Development in African Countries Part Eight. An entrepreneur is a term that was created by the French in 1875 to 1890 to describe a person, usually an employer of labor, who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, with considerable initiative and risk to themselves, financial and [...]

Re-Engineering Development in African Countries Part Eight: Engineering the Transition

This article is a continuation of Re-Engineering Development in African Countries Part Seven. It starts with achievable goals. Goal-setting is the most fundamental attraction of progress. “Without vision the people perish.” One of the simplest aspirations for any leader of a country is to set a goal to increase per capita income of their country [...]

Re-Engineering Development in African Countries Part Seven: “Ideas” Factory

This article is a continuation of Re-Engineering Development in African Countries Part Six. Truth #11 “Everything you possess of skill, and wealth, and handicraft, wasn't it first merely a thought and a quest?” ― Jalaluddin Rumi Ideas have led to every material human endeavor and creation. In the entire catalog of human existence, each discovery [...]