By Nana K. Poku, Anna Mdee
Democracy, prosperity and self-rule: this used to be the imaginative and prescient of African independence. The founder of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah, claimed: "with self govt, we'll rework Africa right into a paradise in ten years." a trifling 50 years later, Nkrumah's coverage turns out not more than a far off dream. around the continent, the "optimism" that characterised the instant post-independence interval has principally light. in the meantime, traditional Africans lurch among undemocratic, unaccountable and unresponsive governments and a decaying conventional African prior.
• How did issues cross so improper?
• Why has the continent lagged in the back of others in monetary improvement regardless of its capability common assets?
• Why are such a lot of African states liable to clash? And why has democracy been sluggish to take root in a majority of the nations?
The solutions to those questions lie in complicated interconnections among politics and society, among family and exterior forces. Politics in Africa deals a clean viewpoint that makes the continent's difficulties extra comprehensible, much less wretched or even intensely hopeful. In doing so, it indicates what number points of conventional African values undergo and that, regardless of unbelievable difficulty, the continent isn't really a hopeless or perhaps a unhappy position.
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Politics in Africa: A New Introduction by Nana K. Poku, Anna Mdee