Politicians Making a Change

Rwanda: Africa’s Economic Success Story

16 years ago in 1994, over a period of just 100 days 800,000 men, women, and children were killed…most of them slaughtered with knives, machetes, and axes by their neighbours. In 100 days, about one tenth of the country’s population was dead. This was probably the most brutal genocide in modern history.

No one, including all the experts and experts’ experts thought in their wildest dreams that just 16 years after, Rwanda will be one of the most successful countries in Africa. But one man came along…President Paul Kagame, intelligent, humble, honest, focused, purposeful and extremely patriotic. He basically took over what could be described as “ a dirty canvas then, washed it and on it, painted one of the most beautiful pictures you could think of. He has transformed Rwanda not only economically but as well socially, politically, culturally and morally. There is no better legacy to leave your people. Average income has tripled; Health care is good and educational levels are rising.

Botswana: Another Economic Success Story (President Seretse Khama Ian Khama)

Botswana is world’s largest diamond producer.

Today she has been hit hard by the global economic slowdown which has cut demand for diamonds, which accounts for close to 40 per cent of the economy. Botswana has had the highest rate of per capita growth of any country in the world in the last 35 years. This rapid economic development has been thanks to the previous Governments e.g that of  Fetus Mogae.

But we give credit to current president since 1 April 2008 Seretse Khama Ian Khama for working to bring Botswana back to great glory. It should be noted that the greater praise goes to former President Festus Mogae (1999-2008) for the peak of Botswana’s success. He won the Mo Ibrahim award for Good Governance for his economic and democratic achievements.

Equatorial Guinea

Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo (born 5 June 1942) is the President of Equatorial Guinea since 1979. He deposed Francisco Macías Ngeuma on 3 August 1979 in a bloody coup d’état. He inherited a country with an empty treasury and a population that had dropped to a third of its 1968 level, with about 50% of the former 1.2 million inhabitants having moved either to Spain or to neighbouring countries like Cameroon and Gabon or being murdered during the dictatorship of Obiang’s predecessor Francisco Macías.

Obiang Nguema’s regime retained some authoritarian characteristics lesser than his predecessor though other parties were legalized in 1991

Although Equatorial Guinea is now essentially a single-party state, dominated by Obiang’s Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE), President Obiang Ngeuma has turned things around for his small Nation of only 0,5 million which became more known in 1996 when large oil reserves were found. The “gentleman of the great island of Bioko, Annobón and Río Muni also referred to as El Jefe (the boss) has completely transformed the very poor Equatorial Guinea with an empty treasury he inherited  into the richest country in Africa today and the 9th richest country in the world according to CIA World Factbook and Wikipedia. African Celebrities Magazine thus recognizes H.E Obiang Nguema for his economic achievements for his country and for the people of Equatorial Guinea so far, simply on the basis and only on the basis that his country’s economic situation has improved significantly, far better than that of his neighbours.