On 50 Years of African Independence

My NPR Weekend Edition Sunday segment, with Ofeibea Quist Artcton:

More than a dozen African countries are celebrating 50 years of independence this year. But, it was hard getting there, former New York Times correspondent Howard French tells NPR’s Liane Hansen. “To be frank, Africa was prepared for its independence‚Ķin just about the worst possible way.” The last 50 years included civil wars, dictatorship, corruption and so on, but NPR West Africa Correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton tells Hanse, “we tend to forget that ‚Ķ there have been some good leaders.” The next 50 years may bring population boom, dissolution of certain borders and reconfiguration of states, French says. Quist-Arcton hopes for better leadership.

Listen to the segment:
NPR Weekend Edition Sunday: Africa’s Independence, 50 Years Later

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