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303, 2019

African Countries Can Stand Tall by Eschewing the Begging Bowl Part Two

African Countries Can Stand Tall by Eschewing the Begging Bowl Part Two by John I. Akhile Sr. Despite the dubious results it has produced since independence, begging bowl diplomacy remains the default economic development strategy of African leaders and their governments. It is a huge poser because begging bowl diplomacy has been and remains the [...]

1802, 2019

African Countries Can Stand Tall by Eschewing the Begging Bowl

African Countries Can Stand Tall by Eschewing the Begging Bowl by John I. Akhile Sr. It is incredulous that in 2018, more than 60 years since the emancipation of colonial Africa, that the governments and leaders of the countries of the continent have not acquired a deep-seated understanding of the primary bloc of the world [...]

1012, 2018

Ethiopian Entrepreneur Builds Global Enterprise

One Step at a Time In 2005, young entrepreneur Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu founded the footwear brand, soleRebels.She began her business in the city she grew up in, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. To build soleRebels, she focused on integrating the culture of her home and the skills of local artisans into building a footwear brand that is [...]

611, 2018

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 [...]

2510, 2018

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 [...]

810, 2018

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 [...]

1509, 2018

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 [...]