I had the pleasure of interviewing UC Berkeley’s rockstar development economist, Ted Miguel, about Africa and his newest book: Africa’s Turn?
Ted was quite optimistic with the recent trends on the continent and he was unequivocal in his statement that Africa is the future. He asserted, “look at the numbers, they don’t lie, most of the world population will be African in the next couple of decades and they will be living in cities.” The cities Ted is talking about are currently melting pots of ideas and cultures, helping the continent stay ahead not just in innovative mobile technologies (like MPESA), but also leading to policy innovations in health, education, agriculture, and government accountability.
I also learned that Ted is a big fan of art and we discussed the current African art renaissance happening right now. African contemporary art is here and is coming from the vibrant streets of Nairobi, Kigali, Accra, Kampala, Lagos Gaborone, Luanda and other African epicenters. It’s engaging Africans at home and all over the world from an African worldview.
Interview courtesy of UC Berkeley, Master of Development Practice.
Mugo and Oxfam professor Ted Miguel discuss the future of Africa