A Continent Gone Wrong

After a generation of independence, Africa faces harsh facts and hard choices

Our ancient continent is now on the brink of disaster, hurtling towards the abyss of confrontation, caught in the grip of violence. Gone are the smiles, the joys of life.

—Edem Kodjo, former

Secretary-General of the Organization for

African Unity

A quarter of a century after the nations of sub-Saharan Africa began to gain their independence, that bleak view is shared by increasing numbers of Africans and non-Africans alike. The New Year's Eve coup in Nigeria was only the most recent recurrence of...

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