Does Africa Need More Leadership Training or Citizen Training?

What is the responsibility of the citizens in creating bad leaders? What is the responsibility of citizens in creating systems that foster accountability and good leaders? What is the part played by culture in creating bad leaders? More »

Inauguration Address: Botswana President Ian Khama

On October 28, 2014 Botswana’s President Ian Khama addressed the nation after he was sown in by Chief Justice Maruping Dibotelo. More »

CNN Heroes: Annette March-Grier & Patricia Kelly

Profile of some of CNN\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Top 10 Heroes for 2014; Annette March-Grier and Patricia Kelly More »

VP Mujuru Statement on Coup Plot in Zimbabwe

PRESS STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE HONOURABLE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE, AND SECOND SECRETARY OF THE RULING PARTY, ZANU PF HONOURABLE DR. JOICE TEURAI ROPA MUJURU, TO THE CITIZENS OF ZIMBABWE. More »

In Case You Missed It: Africans Making News Around the World

Internationally acclaimed Professor of Physics Francisca Okeke, African Sushi in Japan and Thrill seekers at Victoria Falls. More »

 

In Case You Missed It: Africans Making News Around the World

FEMALE NIGERIAN PROFESSOR FRANCISCA OKEKE NOW DEAN

Internationally acclaimed Professor of Physics Francisca Okeke is the first woman to serve as Dean of Physical Sciences at University of Nigeria.

AFRICAN SUSHI LINKS LESOTHO AND JAPAN

lesotho mapLesotho and Japan are now being linked by an unlikely dish: trout. Thanks to Highlands Trout, and their operation 2,200m above sea level in the Maluti Mountains, supermarket shoppers in Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo can now get their seafood fix from the landlocked African nation.

“Lesotho provide(s) ideal, pristine environmental conditions for the farming of large trout,” explains Fred Formanek, managing partner of Advance Africa Management Services, who has developed the Highlands Trout project since 2009. “Water temperatures are close to ideal [for trout] for most of the year due to the altitude.”

Production started in 2012 with a haul of 500 tonnes of trout in the first year. During the current financial year, the company aims to produce three-times that amount. Read more at CNN.com

THRILL SEEKERS AT THE VICTORIA FALLS IN ZIMBABWE

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

Spray from Victoria Falls hits the faces of tourists and locals as they look down at Africa’s most famous waterfall. The water acts as a wake-up call, but this spectacular sight is no dream.

Located on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, tourists from all over the world arrive to witness the natural wonder. In 2013 alone, over 1.8 million people came to Zimbabwe on holiday according to the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority.

That number may sound impressive, but tourism authorities say 2014 will be an even stronger year for the industry. “Zimbabwe is pumping when it comes to tourism,” says Barbara Murasiranwa from Zimbabwe’s Tourism Council. “We’ve picked up, gotten back to… where we were in 1999, and we are even surpassing the figures for 1999.” Read more at CNN.com

VP Mujuru Statement on Coup Plot in Zimbabwe

Vice President Mujuru

Vice President Mujuru

PRESS STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE HONOURABLE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE, AND SECOND SECRETARY OF THE RULING PARTY, ZANU PF HONOURABLE DR. JOICE TEURAI ROPA MUJURU, TO THE CITIZENS OF ZIMBABWE.

My fellow citizens and countrymen, each of you will no doubt have seen, read and or heard about what appears to be a relentless attack on my person in the public media.

I believe that I carry a national responsibility as Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, and that it is my duty to stay above partisan politicking.

However, I have an equal obligation to you and His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe R. G. Mugabe, to only serve this nation, if I am and remain fit to do so.

I regret that certain persons have elected to make false, unsubstantiated, malicious, defamatory and irresponsible statements about me, solely for the purpose of engineering their wide spread publication in all forms of media across the world , and bringing the Ruling Party, Zanu PF (the Party), the Government and the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, into disrepute.

There has also been an unconstitutional call for my resignation and/or removal from BOTH Party and public office, on the spurious grounds that I am corrupt, a gossiper, demonic, jealous and divisive, inept and [that I am] unfit for consumption by flies and dogs.

In the interests of Party and in keeping with its established protocol, I have previously chosen not to issue any statements.

However today, the 16 November 2014, The Sunday Mail Newspaper, in its banner head line story, has accused me of treason.

I am accused of being involved in an attempt to overthrow the legitimate Zimbabwean Government led by His Excellency, the President and First Secretary of Zanu PF, and Commander in Chief of the Defence Forces, R.G. Mugabe. This allegation which is wholly untrue and cannot go unchallenged, in the national interest.

Leaders are elected by the people to serve the people. I am an elected servant of people of Zimbabwe and as such I can only serve this country in any capacity, when elected by the people. Unbridled ambition, misplaced self-righteous adulation and hubris, offends the Lord, and can only lead to the ruin of the person (s), and the Party and therefore Government.

Whilst I personally believe that silence is golden, in the face of such unprecedented, systematic and coordinated attacks on a serving Vice President of our beloved Zimbabwe, I have been obliged to make this statement, for and on behalf of all current and future national leaders who may face the same problem in future.

I deny any and all the allegations of treason, corruption, incompetence, and misuse of public office being routinely made against me in The Herald and Sunday Mail Newspapers.

I have briefed my legal practitioners to take the necessary steps, at law, to restore my good reputation, political standing and dignity. I stand ready to defend myself before the Party, and in any court of law on any of the allegations made against me, at any time, in accordance with the laws of Zimbabwe.

To you my fellow citizens I say, that I, Joice Teurai Ropa Mujuru, am here to serve the people of Zimbabwe, and the party ZANU PF, that I have always been a member of.

No amount of malicious, hurtful and false statements about me, my late husband, my family, children , associates or business interests (real or imagined) can deter me from the mission at hand, that is to assist His Excellency President R . G Mugabe in driving the social and economic programmes of his Government to successful fruition.

In so doing, I will forever be guided, by due process, and respect the Constitution of Zanu PF, and the Constitution of the Republic of Zimbabwe.

I thank you, the people of Zimbabwe for your continued support.

DOCTOR JOICE TEURAI ROPA MUJURU

ISSUED UNDER MY SIGNATURE, AT HARARE ZIMBABWE

16 NOVEMBER 2014

Does Africa Need More Leadership Training or Citizen Training?

Does Africa have a problem with leaders or are we as citizens to blame? Are leaders born or made?

What is the responsibility of the citizens in creating bad leaders? What is the responsibility of citizens in creating systems that foster accountability and good leaders? What is the part played by culture in creating bad leaders?

For the past decade the buzzword ‘leadership’ has become mainstream but it can often be misunderstood.What exactly is a leader? Is everyone a leader as some would suggest? If then, who are the followers? and what does it mean to be a follower?

Instead of using the word leadership which takes responsibility away from citizens lets categorize the different people who are responsible for the way society turns out. While Robert Mugabe turned out to be a dictator, he did not become this way as a single entity. In the same way Nelson Mandela and Paul Kagame did not become the kind of leaders they are as a single entity. Instead of discussing leadership like a single man or woman’s responsibility, we should talk about how the process of life molds and shapes each African to become who they are.

Let’s breakdown leadership and how each individual is influenced by

1. Parents (lets talk about parenting and how that influences who you become)

2. Family (lets talk about your immediate and extended family and how it influences who you become)

3. Geography (lets discuss regional influences on your character)

4. Primary and Secondary education system (lets discuss the responsibility of each teacher, administrator and examiner you encounter)

5. Higher Education and skills training

6. Organizations

7. Neighborhood

These things make everyone who they are. Unless we address the contribution of these things in making political, financial, educational, societal and military leaders then all we can ever do is just blame a single leader to failure or attribute success to one leader. The destiny of any African is not in the hands of any one ‘leader’, the destiny of Africa is in the collective responsibility of its citizenry.

 

CNN Heroes: Annette March-Grier & Patricia Kelly

ANNETTE MARCH-GRIER

Annette runs a nonprofit in Baltimore called Roberta’s house which helps children and their families cope with grief. Since 2008, Roberta’s House, has provided free grief support programs to more than 2,100 people and nearly half of them are children. Roberta’s House offers peer support groups, counseling and specialized workshops to anyone in the community. She also takes her program to the community by providing free workshops to children and adults at local schools, churches, hospices and community centers. Learn more at http://www.robertashouse.org/

PATRICIA KELLY

CNN Heroes nominated Patricia Kelly for the Top 10 heroes for 2014. Kelly, a former Marine and an equestrian who offers horseback riding lessons and teaches animal science to more than 300 young people a year.

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