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The quality of Africa’s leadership has improved in recent decades, but Africa is now ripe for steadfast leaders who will work to create prosperity and build sound institutions. In an exciting, inspiring lecture, educational entrepreneur Fred Swaniker imparts the importance of developing strong political and business leaders with a vision to transform Africa. getAbstract recommends the tale of his firsthand experiences and his education initiative to economists, entrepreneurial investors and young Africans with potential to achieve greatness.

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Fred Swaniker is founder and CEO of the African Leadership Academy, which focuses on developing the next generation of African leaders.



Educational entrepreneur Fred Swaniker had a tumultuous upbringing. Born in Ghana, a coup d’état forced him, at age 4, and his family to flee. The Swanikers move to the Gambia, where, alas, a military coup unfolded just six months later. The family then settled in Botswana, a stable African nation with strong institutions and good infrastructure. Botswana borders South Africa, which, at that time, was still struggling under apartheid, with Nelson Mandela bravely leading the resistance. Swaniker attended high school in Zimbabwe, a thriving nation that seemed to provide “a model for economic development in Africa.” But a few short years later, Zimbabwe lay in tatters due to the actions of President Robert Mugabe. Swaniker’s experiences led him to realize that

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