In Africa Unchained, George Ayittey takes a controversial look at Africa's future and makes a number of daring suggestions. Looking at how Africa can ...Show synopsisIn Africa Unchained, George Ayittey takes a controversial look at Africa's future and makes a number of daring suggestions. Looking at how Africa can modernize, build and improve their indigenous institutions which have been castigated by African leaders as backward and primitive, Ayittey argues that Africa should build and expand upon these traditions of free markets and free trade. Asking why the poorest Africans haven't been able to prosper in the 21st century, Ayittey makes the answer obvious: their economic freedom was snatched from them. War and conflict replaced peace and the infrastructure crumbled. In this book Ayittey looks at the possibilities for indigenous structures to revive a troubled continent.Hide synopsis
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George Ayittey's book, Afrioca Unchained, is another example of Ayittey's honesty and integrity. Once again, he has shown himself to be non-partisan in his analysis, refusing to blame Africa's present state upon its colonial inheritance, or make any other excuses as to why Africa is in hte ocndition it is in. Viewing Africa's present problems from an "internalist" point of reference, Ayittey sees the major stumbling blocks to Africa's advancement as being vampire states headed by corrupt leaders. He offers, for example, the fact that there have been 198 African rulers since colonialism ended in Africa, and points out that less than twenty of these rulers have voluntarily relinguished power, with less than ten being what one could call benevolent leaders. Ayittey points out that, if Africa is to move forward, it will only be able to do so by reigning in the corruption that is so widespread through the continent, and make greater use of indigenous means of production.
Ayittey's Africa Unchained, along with his other works, including, Indigenous African Institutions and Africa Betrayed, shouldbe read by anyone seeking an in-depth understanding of what plagues Africa and is keeping the continent form reaching its potential.
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