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The Africa Report No.107

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The Africa Report is the international publication of reference dedicated to African affairs, anticipating economic and political changes in Africa and relied upon for the independent expertise in its surveys, sector reports and country focus in each issue.

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in this issue

2 min.
signs of an african spring

The mobilisation of hundreds of thousands of young people on streets across the continent demanding economic and political rights challenges traditional oppositionists as much as incumbent regimes. In each case, the demonstrators in Algiers, Bamenda, Harare, Kampala, Khartoum and Kinshasa are taking onsystems of vested interests and dysfunctional politics that are holding them back. They are calling for sweeping change, not just different party colours in the presidency. Even in South Africa and Nigeria or countries where politics seems quiescent or dominated by competition between ideologically identical parties, these new movements send important messages. First is that the economic downturn has exposed the jobless growth of Africa’s boom years. The demographic reality of the world’s youngest continent means this issue will dominate African politics for the next three decades. Although most…

2 min.

THE POINT OF EDUCATION Introducing a more technical curriculum doesn’t do enough to address the root cause of the failing education system, as technology alone won’t fix our public schools [‘Yemi Osinbajo: Selling our crown jewels isn’t the solution’, TAR106 Dec./Jan. 2019]. What ails our educational system ranges from poverty in early childhood to underfunded districts and poorly designed incentives for an overburdened faculty, all of which feeds the unequal access to quality education for the teeming population of school-age children. Recruiting more qualified teachers into service requires more funding than the sector currently gets. The proposed reform of the school curriculum will level the playing field of access, but level fields do not necessarily translate to improved player skills, which is the entire point of education. Maryam Bello, Ibadan, Nigeria DOUBTFUL DOUBLING…

5 min.
bob collymore platform builder

“I highly recommend this lifestyle,” says Bob Collymore, sitting on the veranda of his imposing house in the affluent Nairobi suburbs. “This morning I woke up and had the 8:15am call. Then I caught up with some emails, then I have you and another media engagement after […] I don’t actually need to go to the office.” With the gentle chirrup of birdsong and the jazz radio playing in the large sitting room behind, it is hard to disagree, though the less well-organised might see their productivity suffer. “And it occurred to me,” continues Collymore, “that we all get into this funnel, to commute and get into the office by 8-9am. Whereas, I could easily do the interviews here, go into the office by midday and miss the traffic.” Nairobi is blessed…

2 min.
are national cathedrals a waste of resources?

SELORM BRANTTIE Global Strategy Director, mPedigree Network YES The National Cathedral serves an aesthetic and superfluous purpose. It does not directly reflect the nation’s founding goals. It is a piece of architecture that is just going to change the skyline. In a country which has a majority Christian religious orientation, there are already mega-auditoria that seat, in some cases, three times the proposed capacity of the cathedral. These auditoria have hosted and still have capacity to host events of a national nature. To date, there has been no explanation for the cost of replacement of structures that will be demolished for this edifice, which will cost tens of millions of dollars at least. While the mega-pastors are running around with statesmen to raise funds, no Ghanaian even knows the cost of the…

1 min.
your views

No!! These resources in question are meant for the wellbeing of the citizens and the development of the nation. Religious beliefs are entrenched in Ghanaian society and form part of the national identity. Yes, a national cathedral may not be in the interests of the entire population, but it captures most of the citizen’s religious affiliation, which is Christianity. Randolf B. Hackman, Email It appears the project does not have universal appeal in Ghana, even among the Christian community. It is more a matter of political mobilisation for short-end electoral purposes rather than Christian ends. State support is not universally agreed, since many court cases are ongoing regarding the presidential donation of prime government land. Besides, all so-called national cathedrals are denomination-based or -owned. Colin Essamuah, WhatsApp It is a vanity project. It’s management…

1 min.
quarter 2

The Africa Report’s exclusive guide to the quarter ahead features key events from the worlds of politics, business and culture. Find out more about how to plan your April, May & June, whether it is to find out who is planning for life after Bouteflika (see page 13), what happens next in the fallout from Steinhoff International’s accounting irregularities (see page 14) or understanding the battleground fights in South Africa’s election (see page 16).…