Haemorrhaging support from Nigerian Christians after he chose a Muslim northerner as his running mate, 2023 presidential candidate Bola Tinubu ... has appointed the Christian governor of Plateau State in central Nigeria as his campaign manager to help turn his fortunes around. Can Simon Lalong reverse the tide?
The Challenge for Africa, ?Wangari Maathai, ?336pp, Random House
Subtitled ‘A new vision’, Wangari Maathai’s book is a clarion call for Africa’s cultural heritage to be refashioned and embedded into the continent’s development. She argues leaders should re-prioritise the duty of community service practised by their pre-colonial forebears and nurture the restoration of African culture. “When we have nothing to call our own, we have nothing to reflect back to us who we truly are.” Covering questions from community ownership of development projects to respect for the rights and cultures of micro-nations, Maathai draws on her experience – good and bad – as a Kenyan MP between 2002 and 2007 to create a checklist for the next generation of leaders.
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