n African Renaissance - The life presidency by African leaders : the case of Guinea

Volume 10, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


The paper discusses the phenomenon of life presidency in Africa and its relationship with the liberatory ideologies such as African renaissance, democratization and development. Leaders tend to use pre-colonial dispensation to remain in office. It is the hereditary elements merged with modern elements that create this perennial challenge Africa is facing. However, this paper posits that reverting to the past is just an excuse as there are underlying causes why some African leaders are reluctant to relinquish power voluntarily. Political system of patronage, ethnic favouritism, repression and corruption generally culminate into anxiety and fear for prosecution once one leaves office. Monopolized leadership has adversely affected the political, economic and social development of the continent. Guinea as a case study reflects these features. From 1958 to 2010, Guinea had three presidents, and two died in office after serving for almost a quarter of a century each and the third was forcibly ousted.

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