on December 30, 2014
An interesting, well-constructed treatise on the problems and suggested solutions which face Africa today. Maathai pulls no punches. She blames the missionaries and colonialism for a large part of Africa's ills which, considering over fifty years has passed since most African countries gained their independence, seems harsh.
But she also roundly castigates current corruption in leadership. Everybody bemoans this rampant disease which is so obvious in Africa. But nobody is willing or capable of doing anything about it. Will they ever?
The solutions, insists the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, lies in protecting and preserving the environment, emancipating women, and working from the grassroots of African society up through country leadership to international politics. A valiant aim, and a well-deserved honour, for this is exactly what Maathai is working at.
African nations must develop their own cultures and find their own way as they learn from industrialised nations, picking out the attributes which suit Africa best. There is advantage in learning by others' mistakes, and there is always hope in Africa.
on July 26, 2014
Extremely good book. We were recently visiting Africa and I picked up this book there. Great appreciation of local culture, perspective on local issues. It also provides way forward for Africa. Living in India, I can relate to what is being said and what Africans are thru and going thru. The book ends well that every micro nation needs to participate in democracy and has to have a say in governing the nation. Then only there is unity in diversity, and a true democracy.