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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]