Tony Blair, the man who whispers in the ears of Africa’s presidents

By Honoré Banda, Patrick Smith
Posted on Wednesday, 11 March 2020 10:11, updated on Friday, 15 October 2021 13:31

Tony Blair visits the autonomous port of Lomé with the Togolese President, Faure Gnassingbé

Through his institute, the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (TBI), the former British Prime Minister has set up cells of experts to assist Heads of State in accelerating their priority projects.

Restrained applause rippled across the hall in London on 18 February when Tony Blair proferred advice to Britain’s Labour party as it celebrated its 120th anniversary. Although Blair’s last term as prime minister ended in 2007, having won three elections as leader of the Labour Party, he is little celebrated amongst its members.

This luke-warm reception for his remarks on identity politics and how the party could regain power compounded the sense of Blair’s marginalization from British politics.

He looked frustrated and powerless as the Labour Party swung to the left and the country voted, by a narrow margin, to leave the European Union. Both were a repudiation of Blair’s centrist European credo.