n African Renaissance - A culture of crisis : politics, governance and development in Africa

Volume 3, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


Ayn Rand, Russian-born American writer and novelist was quoted as saying that 'A culture is made- or destroyed by its articulate voices'. Africa has been a vivid example of this truism.

This paper will neither attempt to provide an exhaustive discussion nor to provide a list of all Africa's cultural and philosophical shortcomings and how these have impeded the governance-development nexus. The caveat this paper issues is that the fault is not necessarily to be found in our stars, that is in Africa's cultural and philosophical traditions, but instead should be traced back to Africa's inability to follow through on good governance in itself. The main culprit in the current governance and development crisis - if one were to trace it back to cultural or philosophical roots - is Africa's political culture - a man-made construct that has to a great extent infiltrated and poisoned Africa's thinking on governance in general. It is a political culture that is ruled by passions, power and pure political greed where reason and rational action seldom prevails.

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