The Challenge for Africa Summary
The 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and founder of the Green Belt Movement, Wangari Maathai offers a refreshingly unique perspective on the challenge facing Africa, even as she calls for a moral revolution among Africans themselves, who, she argues, are culturally deracinated, adrift between worlds.
The challenges facing Africa today are severe and wide ranging. Yet what we see of them in the media, more often than not, are tableaux vivantes connoting poverty, dependence, and desperation. Wangari Maathai presents a different vision, informed by her three decades as an environmental activist and campaigner for democracy. She illuminates the complex and dynamic nature of the continent, and offers "hard-headed hope" and "realistic options" for change and improvement. With clarity of expression, Maathai analyzes the most egregious bottlenecks to development in Africa occurring at the international, national, and individual levelscultural upheaval and enduring poverty, among themand deftly describes what Africans can and need to do for themselves, stressing all the while responsibility and accountability.
Impassioned and empathic, A Challenge for Africa is a book of immense importance.