Africa Unchained-The Blueprint for Africa’s Future by George B.N. Ayittey.

I am so greatfully and thankfully to Mama Demere Kitunga for borrowing me AFRICA UNCHAINED:THE BLUEPRINT FOR AFRICA’S FUTURE by George B.N. Ayittey who is also a Ghanian Economist and President of Free Africa Foundation. The book is very challenging and thought provoking. To some is very controvesial because Ayittey is criticing allot of convetional thinking and taking a different position from what many (possibly of us think). For example he criticise people like Nyerere, Nkurumah, Kenyatta and Kaunda for failing to look at the traditional settings when they embarked in post independence National Development Projects.


Prof.Ayittey conclude that: “Africa is poor because she is not free” and classifies Africa generation between the ‘Cheetahs’ and ‘Hippso’. Cheetahs being the young generation which has decided not to play blame game of saying Africa is poor because of slave trade, colonialism or neo-colonialism. But have decided to find solution to African problems. The Hippos are the ruling ‘vampire’ elite rulling class who are corrupt and sucking the wealth of their people for personal benefit.  For some clarification you can watch and download Prof.Ayittey  Video from TED while speaking on Cheetahs vs Hippo.

What I agree with Ayittey is that, future of Africa lies in the heart, mind and hand of young generation which is ready to focus more on finding African solution for Africa problems. However, his classification between Cheetah vs Hippo is still unclear to me.

This is the book I am reading now and I expect to write full book review after finishing reading it. Next week I hope to meet James Shikwati, Director of Inter Regional Economic Network (IREN) who is among the ‘Cheetah’ commended by Prof Ayittey in his book. IREN is organizing Africa Resource Bank Meeting from 11th to 14th November 2009 at Kibo Palace, Arusha Tanzania.

Take time to watch his Video and read the book, as I beleive, there are alot to learn on how Africa, can become Self-Reliant.

You can read some comments from Baha and Chambi from Marafiki wa Vitabu Group. Also you can read its review in The African Executuve by Emeka Okafor

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The danger of a single story:Talk by Chimamanda Adichie

Chimamanda Adiche Ngozi is the author of a novel:  Half of a Yello Sun, a story about Biafran War. She is a good story teller who can recount some complex situations in simple words. Though, I have been refraining myself from fiction, but Half of a Yellow Sun is among the nice book I have recently read.

Half of a Yellow Sun.Adiche

In this talk-Danger of a single story, Chimamanda eloquontly explain the problem  Africa has been facing:single stories told by foreigners. It is worth listerning and remind us all that, it is our time to tell the stories about Africa. Not single stories about wars, hunger and diseases but about prosperity, peace and our resilence.

This story was shared by Chambi Chachage who is now the ‘disciple’ of Chimamanda in telling stories. Chambi, thanks for sharing

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Book launch of The Book of Dar, Thursday 5 Nov 2009

This email was sent by Chambi Chachage through Wanazuoni Network.

Again, our good stories has been told by Belgian and Dutch, people. I respect their capacities and creativity and take it as a personal challenge to start writing on our stories.

The Book of Dar

The Book of Dar is a photographic book of one of Africa ’s largest most vibrant cities. It simply tells the story of daily life in Dar es Salaam and, through the lens, portrays strong images of the country’s rich history and lively blend of traditional cultures and immigrant communities. The book is the result of a journey of discovery for two photographers living inDar es Salaam. It is an impression of this diverse city, as seen through their lenses.

Every day life for Dar es Salaam’s four million inhabitants is captured in a varietyof ways: from umbrellas providing shade from the hot African sun for young andold, the traditional dhows meandering along the coastline, the numerous colourful kangas and kitenges traditionally worn by Tanzanian women, the long line of ships awaiting their turn to enter the port, to people drinking tea or coffee on the corner of the street.

The images provide a snapshot of life in different municipalities of Dar esSalaam. The typical elements of and the differences between these districts clearly show that Dar es Salaam is a cosmopolitan city and a melting pot for a variety of cultures. The photos of each municipality express the city’s diversity through ethnic and religious backgrounds, through architecture and daily street activities. Anyone familiar with the city will recognize or remember something of the situations depicted. Anyone not yet familiar will be tempted to visit soon.


Authors/Photographe rs: Indra Struyven ( Belgium ) and Sasja van Vechgel (The Netherlands)

Book launch :

Date: Thursday 5 November 2009

Venue: Nafasi art space, Mikocheni (see map attached)

Time: 6-9pm

Exhibition remains opens:

6 Nov 9am-5pm

7 Nov 9am-2am

Rachel Kessi
Mawazo gallery
P.O.Box 6516
Dar es Salaam
Tel: +255 784 782 770

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