Malawian Book Attracts International Interest
A book titled Africa Magufuli and Change by a Malawian, Professor Malango Chinthenga, has attracted the interest of most East African countries including Tanzania and Kenya with the Tanzanians willing to have it translated into Kiswahiri.
According to the author, the book which was launched last month in Lilongwe, is discussing challenges that Africa is facing and suggests ways to overcome such challenges.
Chinthenga who is Director of academic affairs, research and publications at the University of Hebron in Lilongwe said the book, published in English, has brought to light the evils of slave trade and exposes Africa's new form of slavery - neocolonialism.
“We are independent but still dependent. Neocolonialism is what is holding us, as countries in African including Malawi and Tanzania. We can’t progress if we can’t divorce ourselves from such chains,” he said.
According to Chinthenga, Africa has what it takes to develop without depending on foreign aid, giving examples of the strides Tanzania made under the leadership of President John Pombe Magufuli whom he describes as a practical model for economic and leadership excellence.
“Magufuli wanted to enhance common good and for that to be achieved he decided to be the example. He set the example by living his word on austerity measures,” adds Chinthenga.
He says he has signed a contract with TPH book publisher, one of the top publishers in Tanzania, to sell the book in Tanzania.
“The book has attracted huge interest in the international domain. For example cabinet ministers in South Sudan have paid in advance for copies of this book and in Kenya we have an avalanche of sales we have made from this book,” he said.
“We have also signed an agreement with Mbeya University of Science and Technology’s faculty of language to have the book translated into Swahiri which is widely spoken by many countries in East Africa and the project is expected to commence in a few weeks time,” he added.
The 48-chapter book which has taken an integrated approach is expected to help in the development direction of African countries.
Africa Magufuli and Change has chapters such as Show Me the Elmina Caste Not the Windsor Castle, The Bumpy Road to a New Africa, Leadership Sankaraism and Strategizing for Africa’s Economic Progress.