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THE SUCCESSOR GENERATION, LEADERSHIP, & AFRICA DEBTS QUESTION This compilation treats two important issues that appear very fundamental to Africa’s desire to move along the envisaged path of progress. These issues are matters for concern considering the fact that Africa is the richest continent in terms of mineral and natural resources, but is disappointingly the poorest region of the world. This compilation addresses the three concerns captioned above. These are successor generation and debts problems addressed by former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Sir Shridath Surendranath Ramphal GCMG AC ONZ OE OCC QC, often known as Sir Sonny Ramphal, who was a Guyanese politician and the second Commonwealth Secretary-General. He held the position from 1975 to 1990 and was succeeded by Nigeria’s Chief Emeka Anyaoku as Commonwealth Secretary-General. Ramphal was awarded Commonwealth Lifetime Achievement Award 2013. Sir Ramphal delivered a lecture at the tenth anniversary of the Africa Leadership Forum, held in Cotonou, Benin Republic in 1998. The issues raised in that paper are still very helpful to the cause of Africa today. It is spiced with Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s postulation on Human Desire for Power, considered as one of the problems drawing Africa back. HUMAN DESIRE FOR POWER – OBAFEMI AWOLOWO “Let us make no pretense about it, every human being loves power; power over his fellow men in the state, or in business enterprises; or failing that; power over his wife and children, and over his brothers, sisters, and friends, or, in the case of children, power over his playmates. Of these categories of power, the desire for power over one’s fellow men is the strongest.” Obafemi Awolowo Elsewhere, the foremost nationalist noted that: “Power enslaves: absolute power enslaves absolutely. I have made a diligent search through history, and I have not come across a single instance where a regime, be it military or civilian, which has come to power at its own will, and has wielded that power for many years, has found it easy to extricate itself from the sweet uses and shackles of power, and then hand it to others outside its own hierarchy. It is possible, quite possible, that my search is not exhaustive and so, I stand to be corrected.” – Obafemi Awolowo; In Voice of Courage 198. ABOUT SIR SHRIDATH RAMPHAL Guyana-born, Sir Shridath, was the second recipient of the award which was bestowed on the legendary Nelson Mandela in 2012..The citation of the Award…

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