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THE ROLE MODELS SERIES …… MOHAMMED IBRAHIM – A FOREMOST PATRIOT & APOSTLE OF GOOD GOVERNANCE IN AFRICAN NATIONS

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’The man giving Africa a bright future – A self-made billionaire’’ &: ‘’Britain’s most influential black person’’ A VERY RARE BREED: For some time, thoughts about how to develop Africa and eliminate those issues that militate against efforts at pulling Africa out of despondency have occupied my mind.  Why is Africa lagging behind other continents? That question should naturally bother a patriot and the concerned. A close examination of development challenges of Africa reveals both opulence and pervasive poverty.  However, Africa’s potentials make the continent the next frontier for the global economy. One of my findings is that Africa holds great potentials as the next frontier to the global economy. Africa really has no reason to be poor, had there been conscientious efforts, dedication, and commitment to building the continent by its political and military leaders. The negative effects of the poor culture of governance, docile civil society, lack of foresight, and proper mobilization for good governance are strong factors militating against the advancement of the poorest continent in the world. Why is it that several African countries continue to wallow in poverty in spite of huge human and material endowments? Africa possesses over 60 percent of the world’s arable land. But Africa’s story is a paradox; a mixture of opulence and squalor. It is evident that Africa is also suffering from poor management of the continent’s vast human and material resources, terrorism, and conflicts, as well as the incoherent implementation of policies and institutional reforms for the enforcement of rules and regulations for the economic and political transformation of the continent. It has been proven that Africa has some of the best brains who were/are highly endowed to transform the continent. How to manage the resources of Africa appears to be the greatest headache of successive leaders in the continent who plunge their nations into avoidable conflicts and catastrophes on account of selfishness and inability to provide good governance that is globally regarded as the major factor that drives development. CHAMPIONING A CAUSE WITH MULTIPLIER EFFECT: He might not be very popular like several other very rich billionaires; but Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim (Mo Ibrahim) is one of the few people that are championing a cause that both, directly and indirectly, affects the well-being of all Africans. As an African who realizes the importance of good governance to development, Mo Ibrahim has promoted that objective with unimaginable commitment knowing very…

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