Magazine article New Internationalist

Seriously. True Tales of a Mixed-Up World Mo Better Blues

Magazine article New Internationalist

Seriously. True Tales of a Mixed-Up World Mo Better Blues

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So you're one of Africa's wealthiest individuals, having made a killing in the télécoms Industry. You've just sold your company to a Kuwaiti transnational for squillions and now you're experiencing the first symptoms of a syndrome that afflicts many of the world's über-capitalists-the dreaded Bill Gates Disease (BGD).

Yes, Mohammed Ibrahim - 'Mo' to all your chums at Davos - we feel your pain. Those strange guilt-twinged charitable impulses are said to be rather awkward and off-putting at first, but soon they will subside as you settle into your new ultraphilanthropist persona. Seriously would like to congratulate Mr Ibrahim on the unique path he has chosen to show off his new pöst-corporate colours. Not content to follow in the well-trodden footsteps of Bill (and Melinda), Mo knows better. While the Gateses harp on about the children, Ibrahim wants to save the poor and unfortunate dictators of Africa.

Yes, you heard that right. Ibrahim, flush with cash after selling off his company Celtel (a controversial sponsor of this year's World Social Forum in Kenya) to MTC for $3.4 billion, is offering a 'prize' of $5 million plus $200,000 every year thereafter to one lucky African despot. All the prospective candidate needs to do is volunteer to leave office if the electorate asks them to, desist from theft and promote 'good governance' in the country of his or her rule (in other words, do what they are supposed to do). …

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