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Essay: Obama and the recipe for leadership in Africa

Essay: Obama and the recipe for leadership in Africa

This essay by Samah Salman uses U.S. President Barack Obama's 2015 visit to East Africa as a vehicle to uncover some of his observations on African leadership.  It is one of the many excellent essays submitted by Fellows this year.  The essays form part of the African Leadership Institute’s annual Tutu Fellows Leadership programme.

Salman looks at Obama’s admiration for and critique of African traditions through the lens of leadership. Using his visit as a point of departure, Salman argues that bad leadership in Africa is no longer political, but cultural. Conversely, good leadership can be fostered as a cultural opportunity. She makes the case that in order for Africa’s demographic dividend to materialize, the path to consistent, good leadership will require education to be a transformational element for this kind of socio-cultural shift.

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Sudan's Bashir: a troubled leader's travels

Sudan's Bashir: a troubled leader's travels

This piece was written by Tutu Fellow Samah Salman on the visit by President Omar Al-Bashir to South Africa and calls for him to be turned over to the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes. Although the piece has been overtaken by events and  President Bashir has returned to the Sudan, calls for accountability within South Africa, including a legal injunction, cast a spotlight on the moral and ethical credentials - or lack thereof - of both governments. The article was originally published in Ventures.

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