In DepthColumns6 Lessons from Mandela


Posted on Friday, 06 December 2013 14:42

6 Lessons from Mandela

Franklin Cudjoe

Nelson Mandela was a leader of a nation of contracting hopes and visions.

He could have sold out, indeed he was tempted many times to sell out.

Mandela rejected such political rapprochement to dump his people for perks with the 'enemy'.

As we mourn and celebrate Mandela, our greatest honour to him would be to do six things he also stood for:


We can only hope that living African leaders will emulate him.

Franklin Cudjoe

Franklin Cudjoe

Franklin Cudjoe is editor of and founding director of IMANI, a think tank ranked 5th most influential in Africa, 2009 and the only African think tank named in the top 25 most innovative think tanks in the world in 2010. IMANI is dedicated to fostering public awareness of important policy issues concerning business, government and civil society.

He has been cited in the UK House of Commons’ debate on aid and development in Africa and by South Africa's Supreme Court Judge on patents and intellectual property in 2005 and 2006 respectively. Cudjoe debated sitting Tanzanian President Mkapa on globalisation in 2007. In 2010, Cudjoe led the World Bank Ghana-Africa region‘s task to help shape the World Bank’s strategy for Africa for 2010-13. In 2010 Franklin was consulted by the U.K’s Prime Minister’s office on how to make effective use of British aid in Africa.

Cudjoe is an Earhart doctoral fellow at Buckingham University in the U.K. focusing on the impact of corporate social investment in Ghana and donor driven projects. He is an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation’s Think Tank MBA programme and the Montreal Economic Institute's Think Tank Training programme. In 2010 Cudjoe was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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