Magazine article New African

We Need to Go Back to Our African Ways

Magazine article New African

We Need to Go Back to Our African Ways

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Congratulations on your 40th anniversary. Like the 300th issue milestone of your sister magazine, African Business, this one showed the extent you have gone to chalk a way for our continent.

In the December issue there was a letter from one Ikeny Kapua entitled 'Rediscovering our Africaness'. The writer proposes an induction centre for African leaders. Congrats for having such a brilliant suggestion in your respectable medium.

Indeed, that suggestion cannot be more relevant. The fact that we lack it today shows how far we have strayed from our own African traditional ways to drop into a mental abyss where we can only crave despair, disease and misdirection.

I, for one, have always pointed our that in our so-called "outmoded" African way of choosing leaders, all royals are groomed as future leaders right from birth. Despite this, however, upon being nominated to take the mantle of leadership, a leader is confined, inducted and indoctrinated before being put into office. …

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