Africa: from analysis to action

For nearly a year, various Afro-centric issues have been raised weekly on this medium by this author. Essentially, the attention drawn to them was neither meant to scare nor was it a literary virtuoso but a call for action. Although Africa has been a hotbed of crisis as a result of pockets of wars and […]

Regional architecture for Africa’s prosperity

THE CONTINENT of Africa is vast. In land mass it occupies a land area that is about four times the size of the United States, excluding Alaska and Hawaii). It is three times bigger than China. And, it has been estimated to be bigger than the land masses of the US, China, India, Mexico, Peru, […]

Africa and the global intangible economy

Much has been hyped about Africa’s pride of place in agricultural potential. Some solace has also been found in the significant contribution of commodity exports from Africa into the global marketplace. Where Africa clearly lags behind are critical and very essential to the continent’s prosperity, now and in the future. With Africa’s lack of comparative […]

Grim omens on sustainable livelihoods in Africa (4)

SUBTLE and insidious changes are occurring in Africa. Some make headlines while others don’t. The magnitude of the changes and their effects on lives and livelihoods now and in the future are worth some attention and consideration. Unlike earlier decades, marked by gradual, isolated and predictable vagaries, the new realities warrant different sets of thinking, […]

Grim omens on sustainable livelihoods in Africa (3)

GLOBALISATION will position Africa at a disadvantage unless the continent urgently finds innovative ways to solve lingering problems of livelihoods change. Therefore, serious attempts should be made to put the key contemporary problems – and those that could recur later – in the right context. Appropriate feedback will provide sound basis for intervention.  A major […]

Grim omens on sustainable livelihoods in Africa (2)

MUCH DEPENDS on individual African countries in their response to issues in sustainable livelihoods. In majority of cases, the subject has been regarded as tangential rather than integral part of socio-economic policy governance. It has mostly received attention within and around subject-matter-related conferences but less of official attention in the context of development. As a […]

Grim omens on sustainable livelihoods in Africa (1)

GREAT lifetime of opportunities are about to be irretrievably missed in Africa if the continent crosses certain thresholds in the stewardship of natural resource management and exploitation. This will not be because such resources are exploited at all, but will be mainly because they are poorly managed, without adequate consideration for the future impacts of […]

Africa on slippery road to the East (2)

IT MAY BE VERY TEMPTING to think that the increasing presence of China in Africa is all about development. And, why not, when new railways, roads, airports, hospitals, schools or stadia have been built across the continent with help from China? Or, what happens after it has been affirmed by many that China has become […]

Africa on slippery road to the East (1)

NOT TOO LONG ago, the “Agenda 2063” came alive as the deal on “creating one African market” was consummated with the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement by 44 African countries in Kigali, Rwanda.  Although the signing ceremony hasn’t yet given AfCFTA a full status until ratification by 22 countries, it […]