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Under the Tree of Talking free pdf Effective and inspiring leadership at all levels is increasingly recognised to be the key to positive social and political change. Leadership is thus one of the critical issues facing Africa, which is often seen only as a space of famine, conflicts, bad governance and failing statistics. This book of essays by 18 distinguished thinkers and leaders testifies to hope on the horizon for African societies. Journalist and film-maker Onyekachi Wambu harvests fresh insights into leadership cultures in different African contexts, identifying the weaknesses and the strengths that block or advance development. This book is essential reading in every society where the philosophy and practice of leadership are urgently debated.

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Born in Nigeria in 1960, Onyekachi Wambu has worked as a journalist since 1983, and edited the leading black newspaper, The Voice, at the end of the 1980s. He is also a television producer and director, and has made documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and PBS. His publications include Empire Windrush: Fifty years of writing about black Britain (ed.). He is currently the Information Officer for the African Foundation for Development, a charity established to expand and enhance the contributions Africans in the diaspora make to Africa's development.Chinua Achebe(1958), No Longer at Ease (1960), Arrow of God (1964), Man of the People (1966), and Anthills of the Savannah (1987), have influenced a generation of African writers. Indeed Things fall Apart has sold over 8 million copies globally and been translated into 40 languages. A Man of the People was included by Anthony Burgess among the best hundred novels of the 20th century. He is also a formidable literary and social critic - Morning Yet on Creation Day (1975) ), The Trouble with Nigeria (1984), Hopes and Impediments (1988, and 'Home and Exile' (200). He has been a strong supporter and promoter of African writers. He was the founding editor of the Heinemann African Writers series (1962), an important platform for exposing African writers and their visions to the world.Taddy Blecher, a qualified actuary, is Chief Executive and co-founder of CIDA City Campus, the only virtually free higher education institution in South Africa. He is a former senior project leader with the international strategic management consulting firm Monitor Company, where he was voted consultant of the year three years in a row, and was rated in the top one per cent of consultants in the firm. He has won several awards and scholarships including the Liberty Life Gold Medal for top actuarial science honours student in South Africa. Dr Blecher was chosen in 2005 as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He was chosen by Glamour magazine in April 2005 as their favourite business personality in South Africa, and the publication South Africa's Leading Managers, 2004, produced by the Corporate Research Foundation, ranked him fifth among business leaders in South Africa. In 2002, he received the Global Leader of Tomorrow Award from the World Economic Forum, convened in New York. He was recognised as one of 100 young leaders under the age of 37 around the world who are making an exceptional contribution to 'making a better world'.Jean Bosco Butera is the Director of the Africa Programme of the University for Peace (UPEACE), based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was Vice Rector for Academic Affairs (1995-2003) at the National University of Rwanda where he also taught, before joining UPEACE in April 2005. In 1999, he co-published on the conflict in Rwanda under the UN-sponsored initiative on 'Comprehending and Mastering African Conflicts' and co-founded the Centre for Conflict Management at National University of Rwanda. He was the National Director of the Centre until 2002. He holds a PhD in veterinary parasitology.Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie is the Executive Director of the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD). AFFORD's mission is to expand and enhance the contribution that Africans in the diaspora make to Africa's development. He is also a private consultant advising institutions on ways to work effectively with the African diaspora for maximum developmental gain. Before AFFORD, Chukwu-Emeka worked as a senior industry analyst for a US-based international research and consulting firm helping clients design strategies to harness the benefits of the commercialisation of advanced technologies and understand their social implications. Previously he lectured in media studies at a London university and helped establish an international institute for telecoms regulators at another London university. He served as adviser on the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa's Technical Advisory Committee. Research and active interests revolve around maximising the African diaspora's contributions to Africa's development (see www.afforduk. org)- leadership and bottom-up enterprise development- extending access to the internet in Africa- and strategic use of ICTs to link Africa and the diaspora. Another interest is pan-Africanism for the 21st century and the role of the African diaspora. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce.Martha Chinouya is a social scientist who has vast experience in research and practice with and for African families affected by HIV in England and in Africa. She has a particular interest in religions, human rights, disclosures/communications, gender and generations. She is very interested in interrogating human rights discourses or ethics that are informed by 283 The contributors 'Africa'-based epistemologies such as the concepts of ubuntu (Zulu or Ndebele), hunhu (Shona) or obuuntu (Luganda). She was awarded a two year post-doctoral fellowship by the Nuffield Foundation to explore the ubuntu/hunhu/obuuntu concept in more detail, with regard to tensions experienced by those living with HIV in preserving their rights to confidentiality while promoting the rights of sexual partners to know and share information about HIV. Dr Chinouya has published widely in journals and book chapters and has presented at local and international conferences. Her publications include: with E. O'Keefe (forthcoming), Pachedu-Zenzele in the Diaspora: Promoting Sexual Health Amongst Zimbabweans in England- and, also with E. O'Keefe (forthcoming), 'Zimbabwean Cultural Traditions in England: Ubuntu Hunhu as a Human Rights Tool' in Journal of Diversity, Health and Social Care 3.Chinweizu, an institutionally unaffiliated Afrocentric scholar, has published the following books: The West and the Rest of Us (1975)- Energy Crisis and other Poems (1978)- Invocations and Admonitions (1986)- Decolonising the African Mind (1987)- Voices from Twentieth-century Africa (1988)- Anatomy of Female Power (1990). He is also a co-author of Towards the Decolonization of African Literature (1980). His pamphlets include The Black World and the Nobel, (1987)- Recolonization or Reparations? (1994).Eva Dadrian is a British-Egyptian independent broadcaster and writer with extensive experience in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. After graduating from Cairo University, she pursued her studies in France and England where she started as a journalist. Specialising in African affairs, she covered the struggle for self-determination of the peoples of the Sahel region, from the Polisario (Western Sahara) and the Tuaregs in Mali and Niger to Sudan People's Liberation Army. She works as a political risk analyst for Arab Africa Affairs (London and Cape Town) and writes regularly on African affairs in Al Ahram Weekly (Cairo) and has a regular column in Al Ahram Hebdo (Cairo). Currently she is a reporter with the BBC World Service. She is member of the Egypt International Economic Forum (Cairo), and is on the Council of Management of Cairo-based Al Mawred Al Thaqafi (Culture Resources), which promotes South-South cultural dialogue, focusing on Arab-Africa cultural exchange.John Githongo is a prominent Kenyan journalist and columnist, who became an outspoken anti-corruption fighter. His articles in the East African were renowned for their broadsides against the corruption that was endemic in Kenyan society. Between 1999 and 2003 he was on the Board of Transparency International in Berlin and the Executive Director of Transparency International Kenya, where he continued his anti-corruption crusade against the regime of President Moi. In 2003 he was became Permanent Secretary in the Office of the President of Kenya in Charge of Governance and Ethics, appointed by President Mwai Kibaki, Kenya's new leader, who vowed to root out corruption. A year later he accused senior government ministers of being involved in the fraudulent awarding of contracts to a fictitious company and, following popular protests, he left the country following threats to his life. He is currently Senior Associate Member, St Anthony's College, Oxford University and Visiting Fellow, IDRC/CRDI, International Development Research Centre/Centre de Recherches pour le Developpement International.Wangui wa Goro is a UK-based Kenyan public intellectual, academic, writer, translator and cultural promoter and has been engaged in promoting literary practice in the Europe, Africa and the USA over the last 20 years. She has been involved in the campaign for human rights in race, gender and democratisation over the last 20 years. She is currently the president of both the African Literary Translators and Subtitlers Association (ALTRAS) and the Translations Caucus of the African Literature Association (TRACLA). She serves on the Translation Advisory Committee of Pen International (UK). She is also a founder editor of JALA, the African Literature Association's journal. She is a pioneer in translation of African literature and its promotion and her translation of Ngugi wa Thiong'o's work from Gikuyu to English brought her global acclaim (Matigari). She also translates groundbreaking and award-winning authors from French to English and Gikuyu including Veronique Tadjo's As the Crow Flies. She is currently translating Fatou Keita's Rebelle from French to English and The Decameron from Italian to Gikuyu. Wangui wa Goro is also a poet and writer and her own short stories, published in anthologies Heaven and Earth (Macmillan Kenya, 2004), Half a Day and Deep Sea Fishing (2006) in African Love Stories (Ayebia, UK) have been well received by critics as 'groundbreaking'. She is currently involved in researching 'The black female body in Europe through translation' through the Caribbean and African Studies Association (CAFSRA) at Goldsmiths College (University of London).William M. Gumede is Senior Associate and Oppenheimer Fellow, St. Antony's College, Oxford University. He is course leader of the graduate course: Problems of democracy in the graduate summer institute of the New School for Social Research. He was Deputy Editor of The Sowetan, the national daily newspaper in Johannesburg and chairperson of the Media Institute of Southern Africa. Prior to 1994, when South Africa became a democracy, he occupied national leadership positions in the South African student movement, including as national editor of the South African Students' News Agency, as well as in the trade union movement. He is the author of Thabo Mbeki and the Battle for the Soul of the ANC, Zebra Press. His forthcoming books are Africa's Democracy Deficit, The Role of Public Intellectuals in Post Liberation Studies.Parselelo Kantai is a Kenyan writer and investigative journalist. Now based in London, he previously lived and worked in Nairobi. He edited Ecoforum, an environmental magazine. His features focused on the politics of conservation and the experiences of people living away from mainstream Kenyan life. His fiction has appeared in Kwani?, the Kenyan literary journal. In 2004, he was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for his short story 'Comrade Lemma and the Black Jerusalem Boys Band'.Susan Nalugwa Kiguli is a Ugandan poet and academic. She studied at the University of Makerere, Kampala where she obtained a BA in education and MA in literature. She later joined the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland where she acquired a MLitt in Literary Linguistics. She recently completed her PhD in English at the University of Leeds under the prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme. She is a lecturer in the Department of Literature, Makerere University, Uganda, and is currently the chairperson of FEMRITE, the Uganda Women Writers' Association. Her first volume of poetry, The African Saga (1998), situated her among the most exciting recent poets from Eastern and Southern Africa. The volume won the National Book Trust of Uganda Poetry Award (1999) and made literary history in Uganda by selling out in less than a year. A critic of poetry herself, she has written on Ugandan poetry, oral performance and the position of women writers in African literature. She has served on the panel of judges for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (African Region, 1999).Juliet Kiguli is currently a lecturer at the Makerere University Institute of Public Health. She is an anthropologist with experience in gender studies and participatory development research. She has published widely on gender and access to land, agriculture, politics and education.Ali A. Mazrui is Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies and Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities, State University of New York at Binghamton- Senior Scholar in Africana Studies and Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large Emeritus, Cornell University- Chancellor, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya- and Albert Luthuli Professor-at-Large, University of Jos, Nigeria. He is author of more than 30 books and hundreds of scholarly articles published all over the world- author and narrator of television programmes, especially The Africans: A Triple Heritage (BBC/PBS, 1986). He is a former President of the African Studies Association of the United States and recipient of the Association's Award of Distinguished Africanist- Founder-chair of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (Washington DC)- member of the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Oxford, England- consultant to the United Nations, the World Bank, the Organization of African Unity, UNESCO and broadcasting media including the BBC, PBS, ABC, NBC, Voice of America. He was appointed Commander of the Burning Spear (CBS) by the President of Kenya- awarded title of Living Legend by Organization of West African States and African Communications Agency- nominated Icon of the 20th century by Lincoln University, Pennsylvania- nominated by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world and appointed to the Order of Oliver Tambo by the President of the Republic of South Africa.Kimani Njogu is a linguist, literary critic and researcher on cultural leadership. In 2000 he won the pan-African Noma Award for Publishing in Africa for a book (with Rocha Chimerah) titled Ufundishaji wa Fasihi: Nadharia na Mbinu, the first Kiswahili book ever to receive the award. The book provides major parameters for the teaching of literature. In 2006, he was awarded the Head of State Commendation (HSC) by the President of Kenya for his work in indigenous languages. In 2004 he was appointed a member of the three-person task force to fasttrack the formation of the East African Kiswahili Council in the East African Community. As Kenya's representative in the task force he is contributing to ensuring that Kiswahili and other African languages contribute in national and regional development. Since 1998, he has been a Council Member of the International African Institute (University of London). He is also a member of the Global Leadership Network. He also runs Twaweza Communications and Africa Health and Development International (AHADI), a non-governmental organisation. In 2002, he was appointed by the Kenya Constitutional Review Commission to head a team 287 The contributors for the translation into Kiswahili of the Draft Constitution and other constitutional documents. His books include Reading Poetry as Dialogue: An East African Literary Tradition (Jomo Kenyatta Foundation, 2004)- Zilizala (a play, Longman, Kenya 2006)- Sudana (play, Longhorn, 2006)- Sarufi ya Kiswahili: Uchanganuzi na Matumizi. (a grammar book, Jomo Kenyatta Foundation, 2006), Kiswahili Kwa Vyuo vya Ualimu (Jomo Kenyatta Foundation, 2006) and Isimu Jamii kwa Wanafunzi (Jomo Kenyatta Foundation, 2006). Currently he is leading a team of East African scholars in the writing of new a Kiswahili dictionary as well as editing a number of books on culture and leadership in Africa.Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli is the founder and CEO of Leadership Effectiveness Accountability and Professionalism (LEAP) Africa, a nonprofit organisation which is committed to inspiring, empowering and equipping a new cadre of African leaders. Ndidi is also the founder of NIA (Ndu - life, Ike - Strength, Akunuba - Wealth), a non-profit organisation committed to empowering female university students in south-eastern Nigeria to achieve their highest potential in life. Prior to establishing LEAP and NIA, Ndidi was the pioneer executive director of FATE Foundation Nigeria, a non-profit organisation which promotes entrepreneurship and business development. Ndidi also worked as a management consultant with the Bridgespan Group and with McKinsey

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Author : Onyekachi Wambu
Publisher : The British Council
Data Published : 01 September 2007
ISBN : 0863555861
EAN : 9780863555862
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 291 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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