The last four or five hundred years of European contact with Africa produced a body of literature that presented Africa in a very bad light and Africans in very lurid terms. The reason for this had to do with the need to justify the slave trade and slavery.
People say that if you find water rising up to your ankle, that's the time to do something about it, not when it's around your neck.
People create stories create people; or rather stories create people create stories.
Democracy is not something you put away for ten years, and then in the 11th year you wake up and start practicing again. We have to begin to learn to rule ourselves again.
The only thing we have learnt from experience is that we learn nothing from experience.