Before he hit eighteen, Fred Swaniker had lived in Ghana, Gambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. What he learned from a childhood across Africa was that while good leaders can’t make much of a difference in societies with strong institutions, in countries with weak structures, leaders could make or break a country. Watching Nelson Mandela in the struggle rejected an offer to be set free if he abandoned the fight against apartheid concluding that “one good leader could make such a big difference in Africa.”
Fred Swaker states that
“…all these experiences of living in different parts of Africa growing up did two things to me. The first is it made me fall in love with Africa. Everywhere I went, I experienced the wonderful beauty of our continent and saw the resilience and the spirit of our people, and at the time, I realized that I wanted to dedicate the rest of my life to making this continent great. But I also realized that making Africa great would require addressing this issue of leadership.”
In a passionate talk, the entrepreneur and TED Fellow looks at different generations of African leaders and imagines how to develop the leadership of the future.
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