The News:
Today marks a week since news of the death of President John Pombe Magufuli was announced. Since the announcement the world has not rested; Africa, in particular, has not. President Magufuli’s death came as a surprise to millions of Tanzanians and non-Tanzanians alike. And from all around the world, clouds of reactions have been formed; some with heartfelt eulogies and others with condescending criticisms. …


Musa AF Sherif & Ansumana Konneh (Originally published at New Times)

The Verge

On March 5th 2020 South Africa announced its first case of the COVID-19, being the first African country to register the continent’s presence on the dashboard of the global epidemic. Since then other African countries have made similar announcements of having one or many cases. The latest of them is Rwanda; Africa’s topnotch of innovative governance. These different announcements usher in a great deal of fear in the already panicking population of the continent, as memories of past epidemics are still fresh. In the case of Rwanda and many…


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By Ansumana MM Konneh And Musa AF Sherif

“Africa’s oldest independent state”, “Africa’s chief exporter of rubber”, and the “home of the only African “World Best”, are clichés that have filled the ears of Liberians at home and won the impressions of so many others abroad. But the question is: how are these in any way reflected in the development of a country so rich in natural resources, yet underdeveloped and impoverished? As a post-war country, Liberia’s drive to national reconstruction comes with huge challenges. These challenges cut across corruption, education, health, agriculture, job creation, and the national economy. Statistics…


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Whether Africa is the way it is because of slavery or colonialism or not is the talk of another time. But what remains indisputable is African leaders played a part that set the final stage for the continent’s continuous misery. Key to this was the tendency of elitism. If slavery and colonialism were any gonorrhea that infected Africa’s growth, African elitism was the syphilis that made it perpetually impotent/barren. Given the catastrophe of it in the past, one would hope elitist life in African leadership ended with the generation of Mobutu and Jean Bedel Bokassa. But sadly it didn’t, and…


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The Cartesian Plane of Governance and The George Weah Configuration

On the cartesian plane of governance there are four quadrants filled with the alternating identities (dividends) of innovation & technical planning, institutional development, sustainable implementation, and rule of law. These identities are the drivers of genuine prosperity everywhere around the world and they account for why some states succeed and why others fail.

Consider the case of Rwanda, a country widely regarded as the “Silicon Valley of Africa”. The implementation of the four identities from the cartesian plane of governance has not only dispelled predictions of the country’s return…


It’s a hard time for Liberia. Perhaps the hardest since 1847. With the past still lingering in minds, a lot of Liberians shiver with fear; the fear of another April 14th or December 24th. While such concern remains legitimate, mine is something else; perhaps one that is negligible, but very polarizing. It is the current cat-dog relationship between the President of the republic whose spine of patience is very short and the Vice President whose knowledge of the Liberian political landscape is no less a weapon of mass destruction.

President Weah and VP Howard-Taylor are both giants. Their coming together…

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