African Voices - African Visions by Olugbenga Adesida, Arunma O. Oteh

By Olugbenga Adesida, Arunma O. Oteh

Does Africa have a destiny? What are the visions, hopes, targets and fears of younger Africans for the way forward for the realm, the continent, their state, and their groups? How do they envision this global and their roles inside of it? those matters haven't formerly been explored jointly via Africans as a result huge, immense demanding situations and the preoccupation with the current. yet Africa must never enable the enormity of the issues to blind it to its earlier and destiny. Africa needs to chart its personal imaginative and prescient of a fascinating destiny, and accordingly younger Africans, born previous to or after independence, have been challenged to mirror at the way forward for the continent. This publication provides the reaction to that challenge.In this publication, the voices of a brand new iteration of Africa are heard exploring the longer term from own and various views. The authors have enumerated the ills of Africa, analyzed the issues and explored the possibilities. Remarkably, regardless of the daunting nature of the demanding situations, they have been all hopeful concerning the destiny. They supplied their visions of the long run, recommend a number of rules on tips to construct a brand new Africa, and implored Africans to take accountability for the transformation of the continent. Given the present emphasis on African renaissance and union, the information awarded the following may well turn into the root for a really shared imaginative and prescient for the continent.

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The appointment of Kofi Annan as United Nations Secretary General at the end of l996 is one of the clear signs of the universal renaissance of the African people. The Cold War is over, giving African countries the opportunity to concentrate more on social, economic and political problems. There are, of course, some ongoing constraints (armed conflicts, foreign debt, low technological capacity) but these are not insurmountable obstacles. The most important transformation in Africa, which places the continent in a forward-looking position, was summarized by Julius Nyerere.

To this end, an analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) of the continent is done to shed more light onto what Africa should be doing as a way of moving forward. The SWOT analysis below gives useful insight into the hopes, ambitions and fears of Africa. In such an analysis, the strengths and weaknesses are internal to the continent while the opportunities and threats are external. Africa should work towards minimizing the weaknesses, assuming a strategic posture in dealing with the external threats and utilizing its strengths to take advantage of the opportunities.

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