Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Saving Africa

Saving Africa is a very thoughtful book on the situation in Africa, by Ivorian author N. Timolen Amessa.

In his book Amessa identifies several important factors that he believes are an inhibiting factor in developing countries, with particular emphasis on post-Colonial Africa.

He examines the impact on the social life of the peoples of Africa and explores a range of cultural factors such as problem in reconciling varied cultural traditions and practices with the more westernised way of life.

He also gives consideration as to the potential impact of how political and economic systems that are currently in place may increase or add to these problems.

Amessa employs to very good effect the case of Cote D'Ivoire (the Ivory Coast) as a main example. He uses this to illustrate how the legacy of colonial rule and the scale of local corruption amongst the political elite, when one factors in other problems such as poor infrastructure, managerial inefficiencies and limited provision of educational services, causes endemic problems with the lifestyles of most citizens of African countries.

But what's to be done? Amessa outlines a blueprint for change, a plan for how to bring about an evolution in Africa.

Should his plan be implemented it would allow all African people to enjoy the benefits of living within a modern society, with a stable economic system and a sound political structure, yet which would preserve the best of its traditions and customs, yet which also take advantage of opportunities that Western culture can also offer.

It's a well-written book which, although well researched, is not an arid exercise in academic speak and is to be heartily recommended to all students of Africa, third world issues, foreign aid and the like.

This will make a moist excellent and thought-provoking Christmas gift.

It is published by Matador at £10.99 and is available for purchase here

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