Journal of
African Studies and Development

  • Abbreviation: J. Afr. Stud. Dev
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2189
  • DOI: 10.5897/JASD
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 218


Re-possessing Africa, new approaches to leadership, governance and democracy: Critical implications for public policy

Danfulani Ahmed
  • Danfulani Ahmed
  • Centre for International and Strategic Studies, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 27 March 2018
  •  Accepted: 20 June 2018
  •  Published: 31 August 2018


Elsewhere in Africa, all you need to do is to compare the sterling nature of leadership thrown up on the continent by the decolonizing project in the last quarter of the last century with the current uninspiring miniaturists. There is no contemporary African leader who has seized the imagination of the continent, or who is showing a deep grasp of the crisis of colonial nations and underdevelopment on the continent making a pitch in the process for continental superstardom and immortality. Yet it is obvious that the benighted and ill-starred continent is a victim of a catastrophic historic miscue in which the historical currents and trajectory of the west overwhelm its own trajectory blindsiding it from seeing itself as it truly is and the need for urgent recuperative politics by its great scions in order to rescue it from the jaws of underdevelopment and endemic political instability. But not to worry Just as it has happened in the last six hundred years commencing with colonization and the internationalization of slavery, the fate of Africa will be determined somewhere else and with the unusual merciless severity reserved for those who cannot take their destiny in their hands, or manage their own affair satisfactorily. “The long twenty first century: On the nexus between epochs and leadership”, Tatalo Alamu, The Nation, Sunday, November 12, 2017. P 3.


Key words: Leadership, Decolonizing Project, African Leader, Imagination, Underdevelopment, Historical Currents, Great Scions, Political Instability, Colonization, Internationalization, Africa, Destiny.