A broken, medieval, retarded society? - Timothy Kalyegira

From Emergent Africa Sun Jan 6 2013, 06:00:00

In the Monitor, Timothy Kalyegira's scathing indictment of Uganda's ruling elite and 'middle class':

Since 1962, a small indigenous middle class has been slowly emerging which defines itself in terms of the way it dresses, drives and drinks, rather than the way it thinks and the inventive and intellectual output of its mind and factories.

The pattern of development and growth taken by Uganda since 1962 is one of growth by material addition, not growth by mental and intellectual probing and experimentation, a society of more cell phones than books sold, 100 times more Facebook users than book buyers.

Most African countries in 2012 are in material terms where Europe was in the 1890s but intellectually are where Europe was in the 1300s. That image of ...

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

South Sudan:   Rival Leaders in Deal (news)
Sabahi
21 October 2014

South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar said Monday (October 20th) they accepted mutual responsibility for a 10-month civil war in which thousands were killed, AFP reported. [read more]

Africa:   Hopes for Ebola Vaccine Soon (news)
Deutsche Welle
22 October 2014

The World Health Organization is pressing for a vaccine to combat the spread of Ebola, hoping to prepare two versions by January. On the ground in West Africa, Germany's Red Cross has made a desperate ... [read more]

Nigeria/South Africa:   Super Falcons Move to Final of African Women's Championship (news)
Vanguard
22 October 2014

Super Falcons reached the final of the African Women Championship by beating South Africa's Banyana Banyana 2-1 in a hard fought match at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, Windhoek. [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!