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Review: The Challenge for Africa by Wangari Maathai

By Gemma Ware
Posted on Monday, 27 July 2009 00:00

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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