Africa: The False Promise of ‘Afro Democracy’

Africa needs more liberal democracy, not less.

This past week, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo brought together some of the biggest names in the country’s political firmament to discuss the travails of Western liberal democracy in Africa. For the conferees, the main reason Western liberal democracy is “not working” for the continent is because of its origination in an alien Western environment. This, the reasoning goes, makes it inherently incompatible with the continent’s purportedly…


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