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December 12, 2010


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John Dinga

What a powerful message for His Excellency President Laurent Gbagbo of the cocoa-producing nation of the Ivory Coast whose intransigence is not making things easy for cocoa farmers or consumers of the world!
Thank you Mr Dibussi Tande. Good food for thought.

jude agho

''Apartheid gov't had legitimate reasons to resist change.'' That is so pathetic and ridiculous for a system that systematical dehumanize a group of people from all fronts politically, economically and socially. Before power was ceded to ANC everything was put in place to ensure the continual dominance of whites. While the liberation movement headed by Mandela could be hail as a political victory for black south Africans, nothing has change from the economic front. I dare say South Africa is an epitome of collective suffering of black people whose political institutions are still to identify and tackle their problems. Continual reliance on euro-centrism is a forethought that has continually plague and second class African economies. while i remain hopeful that the new generation of African talents who were never stooges to Europeans during their resource pillage from the continent over the last 500 years may one day break this curse , I am still adamant if the entire world would allow such a change. We must fight for our Economic development. The first step is a complete change of our educational systems. No more brainwashing our kids with stories of European conquest and rule, Shakespeare or Roman army legends, fables about King Solomon or Jesus. Economic development should be interspersed with Afro-centric culture. We are a people. We have come to view European culture and thought process as universal. Let us go back to our roots and search what went wrong.

Tuesday Mpafena

Hey Jude! I think what De Klerk meant here is that in 1989 when he took power there were many good reasons for the Apartheid regime to hang on to power but it decided nonetheless to make that leap of faith and go for change. I don't see how that can be interpreted as a negative statement...


Good account, Dibussi.
My hat off to De Klerk for his vision and courage. It does take a good person and courage to have power in hand, even if precarious, and acknowledge that one is wrong and decide to chart a more just course, giving up privilege and power in the process.
Calculated move or not, the effort and result are commendable.


Any comparison of 'change' in the SA context to the Ivorian situation is just dishonest.
De Klerk was part of a system that was racist, corrupt, paranoid, and intransigent. He didn't become leader of the Apartheid regime by being an 'agent' of change. Their backs were on the wall!

John Meande

I think the results for effective change must accompany forgiveness,acceptance, and the ability to cooperate together towards a common goal. Cyril Ramaphosa, Trevor Manuel and even Madiba himself have been working hard to no avail to construct a unified South Africa.
Following Dibussi"s article, De klerk's heart is for the values of White South Africans to be recognized and in SA this can only happen with forgiveness and education.
The global dynamics is creating a multi racial world and we must learn form the past to correct the future.Therefore Africans must learn the past and pressure their leaders to accept change, there must be a change for an Anglophone to be able to rule Cameroon. It is sad for Jude to mention Jesus as an obstacle for change.
Jesus represents change in his gospel but a change we must all understand and put to use not a change of "one foreigner one bullet" as it is writing on the walls of trians from Johannesburg to springs.
De klerk and Madiba had something else in their minds about change, the kind that propelled Obama to the helm.


Africans are always being lectured to learn from their past, which past is never specified. Is it the Pre-European invasion of Africa past? The colonial past with its benefits of science, religion, education? Or is the Post-colonial past, which has brought us the privilege of democracy, modernity and prosperity?
Unfortunately, there are too many pasts to learn and unlearn from!
Perhaps, a good proposition will be to begin the process of humanizing those global interests [business and political], whose actions continue to subject the majority of the world in misery.

The UN has a lot more lessons to learn from its dubious and treacherous past.

Gan Charles

The Caucasian self-preserves while the Negroid self-destructs. Around the world and throughout history when the chips were down and the Caucasian realized the game was up they always found a way to negotiate and move on. The Negroid will fight on, never acknowledging that the game is over and vowing to bring down the house with him. This selfish behaviour is the reason the race will never reach its potential.
There are lessons to be learned indeed!

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