The advancement of Africa and NEPAD depends entirely on the emergence
in this millennium of an African leadership for development. Issues of
leadership and operational citizenship are examined and analyzed. The
article uses Othello to dramatize and analyze the challenges of African leadership.
The scramble to save Africa from within and external is presented. The consequences
of globalization are examined. The article demonstrates that NEPAD is not a given for this continent because certain conditions must be met which are
succinctly outlined in the United Nations Millennium Declaration, the Monterrey
consensus and the United Nations Development Programme; Evaluation Office.
The article raises questions of shifting goal posts.
In the final analysis, the research examines the importance of leadership if
NEPAD was to succeed. Given the history of the African continent, is NEPAD a
myth or reality of development? Will future generations be able to account why
NEPAD did take off or did not? Answers to these questions can be presented only
if leadership for NEPAD is defined broadly and the exogenous factors are also
brought into the analysis.