"A lot has been said about the uncomplimentary attributes of leadership, but very little effort has been made to develop a profile of positive leadership that is required in facing the continent's challenges.” Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim, Former OAU Secretary-General.
In New Paradigms in African Leadership, Dr Shu, after exposing the leadership plight of the naturally richest continent of the world, but economically poorest in living conditions, has addressed the pathway of emergence; through the strategic processes of thinking, planning, executing and evaluating expected of a new brand of African leaders who would usher Africa into a premier world.
According to Dr Shu it will need the joint efforts of all continental compatriots; political, traditional, social, economic and spiritual leaders; and the synergic contribution of the intelligentsia both at home and in the diaspora. While the local leaders fight against the continental ‘ism’ including traditionalism, tribalism, egoism, capitalism, mysticism, materialism, neo-colonialism etc. those of the diaspora would facilitate emergence through modern technological methods in education, agriculture, health and other developmental spheres.
“Africa is beyond bemoaning the past for its problems. The task of undoing that past is on the shoulders of African leaders themselves, with the support of those willing to join in a continental renewal. We have a new generation of leaders who know that Africa must take responsibility for its own destiny, that Africa will uplift itself only by its own efforts in partnership with those who wish her well.” Nelson Mandela
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