The experience of getting help from fellow Africans who weren’t relatives was probably a strange one for us, and it seems the only way we could reconcile ourselves to it was to treat these people as family.
Terrorism forced many technology and security sector reforms that strengthened otherwise rickety African state structures and better enabled them to hold on to power.
Africa’s rising middle class has not changed the texture of societies much, or shifted the political debate. Instead, in many countries the quality of public discourse has declined shamefully.
“The benefits of the president’s economic diplomacy have been hugely mismanaged. We have seen shoddy economic deals which amount to selling out the country in pieces.”
‘Development’ have politically paralysed the new class of African middle class house owners. They want more, but cannot risk losing what they have. And the more that they want is not radical.