This engaging thought provoking lecture triggers crucial questions why is the state in Africa often a colossal millstone rather than a cornerstone of development. Why have African states post-independence retained inherited colonial structure, why are people in many parts of Africa poorer today than at independence, and standard of living and security have depreciated. The author posits that the African continent needs a second independence in which the primary aim would be to reclaim the state for citizens not by passing the state buy by making the state a genuine partner for development.
Oluwadele, in my opinion, has succeeded in bringing together an assembly of his writings over the years. The book – Thoughts of a Village Boy, represents a compendium of different areas of human endeavor and expression of author’s views on different issues in our national life.
The book is very rich in events and ideas from which people of all ages can learn. He is a very knowledgeable and highly talented writer. He has succeeded in prompting whoever reads this book to think deeply on how our country can be better governed and the role elites should as a matter of priority assume from now on. His take on his perception of Tinubu’s Philosophy of Poverty Management is worth considering. I believe the message is for our politicians and those aspiring office holders.