Cheetahs and Hippos: George Ayittey on African entrepreneurs

An inspirational presentation from TED and NPR‘s Ted Radio Hour:

For years, George Ayittey has been speaking out against the corruption and complacency that he believes are the bedrock problems of many troubled African states.

“We call our governments vampire states, which suck the economic vitality out of the people,” he says.

He calls on a young, fast “cheetah generation” to take back the continent from complacent bureaucrats he calls hippos.

Ayittey’s book describes his vision for the role of young entrepreneurs in countering official corruption:

Ayittey, George B. N. 2005. Africa unchained: the blueprint for Africa’s future. New York, N.Y.: Palgrave Macmillan.

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