Viewpoint: Africa Can “Entrepreneur” Its Way out of Bad Leadership and That’s Probably Our Best Shot

Thursday, December 12, 2019

By Efoso Ojomo

At the 2015 Quartz Africa Innovators Summit in Nairobi, one of Kenya’s best known tech investors and activists, Ory Okolloh, spoke about how entrepreneurship was being promoted to the point of being fetishized in Africa. Referring to the lack of basic infrastructure and weak governance, she famously said, “You can’t “entrepreneur” around bad leadership, we can’t “entrepreneur” around bad policy.”

That sentiment was widely hailed at the time and since then and has become quite popular. But what if sentiments like that inadvertently delay progress by causing us to demand “rich-country institutions” that just can’t work? Or more importantly, what if it actually blinds us from seeing the critical role entrepreneurship plays in helping Africa overcome bad leadership?

Photo courtesy of David Weekly.

Source: Quartz Africa (link opens in a new window)

global development, governance, public policy