Banking on Africa’s Future 03

What is the significance and meaning of this day to us as Africans? John Adams (October 30, 1735 – July 4, 1826), one of the founding fathers and the second President of the United States (1797-1801) wrote to his wife, Abigail as follows: “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn…

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Banking on Africa’s Future 02

When the idea of BOAF was mooted, the intention was and remains to challenge our collective minds about the power, influence and persuasion that is inherent in organized people. As individuals we are all ordinary but as a collective we can produce extraordinary outcomes. I have no doubt that no one believes that power is a bad or toxic word. Africa has its own pop stars, icons, legends and heroes but as a collective the African brand is not taken seriously not because its inferior but because we have lacked…

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Banking on Africa’s Future 01

When you hear of ”Banking on Africa’s Future” [BOAF] what comes to mind? Here we are not talking about a bank in the literal sense but what where if any we can impact so that the future is secure. Although we know that we are not on earth permanently, it is not unusual in life that we hold the view that we are permanently on earth hence the notion that we can be attached to material things in an undefined and timeless manner. The only evidence of life is what…

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Banking on Africa’s Future Constitution – Your Views

As we begin to convert an idea into an institution the first thing that comes to mind is the constitution. We often take for granted the enterprise of institution building. We are privileged to have among us, person like Barbara Nyagomo who has taken the initiative to write a draft constitution that can be used as we convert the idea of BOAF into action. Where ever you are located, you have to think about putting in place the foundation of an organization that can then be used to do the…

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Banking on Africa’s Future (“BOAF”) – Construction of Capital

Mandela was born some 99 years ago, and at his advanced age, he never knew why truly his life is celebrated against a backdrop of a divided and unequal society whose 24 years of democratic experience may have touched positively on so few of its citizens contrary to expectations. It is important that we attempt to locate the quest for human progress and prosperity in the framework of ideas that capture human imagination and not powerful men and women we often look up to as instruments to reduce the frontiers…

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Banking on Africa’s Future – the nature and design of civil government.

It is never late for us to engage in serious conversations about the nature and design of civil government and why it may be justifiable for citizens to rebel against governors in the interests of self preservation. As we look back on the experiences of post-colonial civil administrations, we are compelled to discover the foundation of the governors’ authority to command and the duty of subjects to obey. Where tyranny begins government ends for is governors derive their authority and power from the people and if the purpose of government…

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