The dilemma of delay in Africa’s rise

The dilemma of delay in Africa's rise

BEFORE THE JUNE 2010 report on Africa by McKinsey, a global consulting company, Africa was largely ignored by many pundits, influential media, global policy analysts, investment consultants, international investors, diplomats and even influential politicians in the West. US President George W. Bush, in one of his most famous blunders while in office, once referred to […]

African countries, closer, yet far apart!

The dilemma of delay in Africa's rise

BERLIN’S NOTORIETY FOR building walls predated the 155-kilometre-long wall, the construction of which started from August 13 and was completed on October 3, 1961, within a period of less than two months. The wall, which surrounded West Berlin, was meant to prevent people from escaping to the West from East Berlin. In other words, the […]

South Africa and the renaissance of xenophobia

The dilemma of delay in Africa's rise

ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL, after all, and South Africa’s politics is typical. In a country where the new high road to power is the street and the new sentiment for seizing power involves suborning local people and inciting them against migrants, politics is taking the rest of the country down the path of irreversible decline. […]

Grim omen as ECOWAS loses Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger (7)

The dilemma of delay in Africa's rise

THE SEA CHANGE SWEEPING ACROSS the Sahel has just reached the northern tip of the Western coast of West Africa. This time, it didn’t happen by coup d’état but it took the form of a democratic process. The change in leadership occurred despite spirited attempts by the incumbent to retain power against the dictates of […]

Grim omen as ECOWAS loses Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger (6) 

The dilemma of delay in Africa's rise

  EMERGING PRACTICAL evidence in both historical and contemporary contexts in Africa are now providing a strong basis to contradict or disprove some widely-held assertions in political theories and practice. The idea of democracy in practice with particular reference to Africa is hereby under a critical searchlight. If democracy is indeed about “the people” or […]

Grim omen as ECOWAS loses Burkina, Mali, Niger (5)

The dilemma of delay in Africa's rise

________________________________________________________________ Editor’s Note: After taking some time out, Dr Oyeleye returns to continue the series, now in its fifth part, on the subject of ECOWAS, its internal dynamics and politics, and its relationships with the West.  ________________________________________________________________   SURPRISES PROMISED by Captain Ibrahim Traore are unfolding in rather rapid successions. About a fortnight ago, the […]

Grim omen as ECOWAS loses Burkina, Mali, Niger (4)

The dilemma of delay in Africa's rise

PENULTIMATE WEEKEND, the West African regional economic bloc, ECOWAS,  made a spirited attempt to draw the countries that earlier announced their voluntary exit back into the fold. That announcement came with carrots and candies: that all the sanctions imposed on the countries concerned were unconditionally and unilaterally lifted. The announcement, which was more of a […]

Grim omen as ECOWAS loses Burkina, Mali, Niger (3)

The dilemma of delay in Africa's rise

TIME FOR SCORECARD. It is now 2034. The epitaph in front of the edifice that once served as the headquarters of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Abuja has this message: “Here stands this monument as a reminder and testament of a grandiose dream and an aspiration of some past leaders and […]

Release of food from strategic reserves: Is the timing right?

The dilemma of delay in Africa's rise

The purported approval by the House of Representatives of the release of food from the national strategic reserves in response to food price increases is an interesting decision with far-reaching implications, from the legislative chamber as well as the executive branch of the government. It begs the questions bordering on circumspection and insight in public […]

Grim omen as ECOWAS loses Burkina, Mali, Niger (2)

The dilemma of delay in Africa's rise

  IMPACTS OF RECENT disengagement from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) by Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger may not seem apparent immediately, within and outside the sub-region. The long term impact, however, promises to be far-reaching and profound in magnitude. Beyond Africa, there will be clear and unmistakable effects, mostly negative. For […]