African Expectations Book Launched

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Challenges, opportunities, and solutions for Africa are being discussed in a new book "African Expectations: Musings from Where I Stand" published July 21. Mafoya Dossoumon, the author hopes to inspire Africans to tell their stories from their own perspectives.

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“African Expectations: Musings from Where I Stand” was officially launched at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on July 28. The author hopes the book would inspire Africans to tell their stories. An old African proverb states: “Until the lions can tell their stories, tales of hunting will always glorify the hunter.” The book is therefore an attempt by the author to discuss challenges and opportunities facing Africa from his own perspective.

African Expectations was published on July 21. The book is a collection of essays about how political, economic, and socio-cultural issues retard Africa’s development and how the most important factor for this failure is the lack of good leadership. The book offers tentative solutions to some of the most pressing issues of our times based on the author’s worldview and life experiences.

What Readers Say About African Expectations

Kola Tubosun - a Fulbright Scholar, Writer, and Linguist: “The musings in African Expectations come from the perspective of an African citizen whose outlook is shaped from active participation as well as intuitive consciousness. The commentary on the state of Africa gives an insight into the mind of an African who shares as much a preference for modernity, as he does many times for the good of Tradition. Importantly, African Expectations is a commentary on the complexity of society and the role of African youths in the 21st century.”

Gaelle Belot - an Energy Engineer: “African Expectations ought to be read by all youths of African descent as it covers most of the issues that may be considered taboo yet are relevant for people interested in positive change for Africa. The book gives a voice to the voiceless as the author has the courage to say things that may not be politically correct but are still important for accelerated development.”

Thapelo Mokhati - a Mineral Explorer: “African Expectations is an excellent read about ordinary Africans. The book tells stories, discusses challenges and opportunities. Most importantly, African Expectations offers solutions for a better Africa.”

About the Author

Mafoya Dossoumon was born and raised in Benin. He lived briefly in France with his parents as a child. He moved to Ghana in his teens. He worked as an Information Communication Technology Specialist at the Ghana office of IFDC, a public international organization established in 1974 in response to the twin crises of food insecurity and rising energy prices. At IFDC Ghana, he was the Web Editor for MISTOWA - a USAID funded agribusiness project to increase agricultural trade and food security in West Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sunderland and a Master of Public Administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He lives in the United States.

Currently, African Expectations can be purchased on Amazon. Other online bookstores such as Barnes and Noble will carry the book in the coming weeks. For more information, visit the African Expectations Website:

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