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The following was contributed by ASFL executive board member Olufemi Ogunjobi

Emmanuel Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor

Africans, football fans especially, are not quick to forget the embittered family feud between sports personality Emmanuel Adebayor and his family – a story of a successful child, who did all his best to save his family from hard times, but was taken advantage of until he had to burst out .

From a nuclear family of six, with extended relations, I know his story is credible and not an unusual one. Actually, it tends to be a common scenario within and outside Africa. You have that one person that is successful and if they happen to come from a poor family or relatives with extreme financial hardships, they become the bank rollers for these relatives. In fact, they are sucked dry to the bones to the point where they feel their families and loved ones would even have the skins off their bodies, if they could.

I understand African cultural set up so well, particularly for poor families whose ‘bread winner’ (mostly the father) died so early. The other members are left shattered, and struggle their way through until there is another bread-winner. In many cases, the eldest child or whoever is successful in that household takes up the responsibility and care for the mother and younger ones.

This is no bad thing, and indisputably, families – your people, are an integral part of one’s life, and should be taken care of to the best of one’s abilities, but not to be dependent on for survival.   (more…)

The following was written by Pretoria-based ASFL Executive Board Member Martin van Staden

According to an article in The Guardian dated 3 November 2015, three Zimbabwean journalists working for the weekly newspaper The Sunday Mail were arrested for making claims the government found unfavorable. They have since been released on bail.

Mabasa Sasa, Brian Chitemba, and Tinashe Farawo were arrested for “peddling falsehoods” and “lying”, after alleging on the front page that certain police officers as well as “other officials” were involved in poisoning elephants for their tusks. In October alone, 62 elephants were killed in the Hwange National Park.

The police felt that the culprits should have been named and identified, which the journalists did not do. This, the police said, “sensationalizes the matter”. But as the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists’ Foster Dongozi correctly points out, the police are in any case supposed to be pursuing the poachers, not the journalists who investigate and report. (more…)

We are pleased to announce the birth of a new ASFL group at the Oyo State College of Agriculture, Igboora, Oyo State, Nigeria, and the official inauguration is billed to hold 18th of November.

The ASFL group at Maseno University in Kenya held a Student disorientation event for fresh students on campus, they were able to sign up a total of 116 new members to the group. The huge increase in the number of members in the group has rejuvenated it and they look forward to hosting another event within this semester. Special props to LC trainee Stacey Nduta for organizing this disorientation event.


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Africa Liberty Students Organization SEKU Chapter in collaboration with ASFL Kenya held a seminar on economic and individual liberty, the first of its kind at the main campus in Kitui Kenya. The event was hosted by Julius Onduru Ouma, currently an ASFL LC trainee. Over 100 students attended the one day training. Onduru introduced ASFL and the importance of free markets and individual liberty, while Linda Kavuka, the current chair of the Exec Board at ASFL gave a presentation on libertarian leadership and self reliance. Considering that most of the attendees were new to the ideas of liberty, she talked about the basics, what liberty means, who libertarians are and what they do and the importance of promoting a tolerant  and liberal society. She then explained the meaning of liberty in society, in politics and in the economy markets.



Each participant was issued a CD on the Ideas for A Free Society courtesy of Atlas Network and the Network for a Free Society and a copy of the book – Morality of Capitalism courtesy of Atlas Network and SFL. The participants left the event with knowledge of the basic principles on the ideas of liberty and a free society. The participants were urged to become members of the cheetah generation made up of young Africans who are bringing positive change to their societies by leading the way to a freer Africa.

With these exciting events happening all over Africa, we are excited that the ASFL Local Coordinator training is in its last week, with over 100 students taking part in the training, we look forward to accepting the highest number of Local Coordinators in a single class. Congratulations to everyone who finished the training, we look forward to a year of freedom.


The following was contributed by ASFL Local Coordinator Adusei Akwasi


A market in Ghana

A market in Ghana

Recently, the retail market in Ghana has been flooded by foreigners especially Indians, Nigerians, Chinese and Lebanese who import goods from their countries and sell at cheaper rates in the retail market. Indigenous Ghanaian traders are not convenient with this. They feel they are losing their customers to the foreign traders.

The Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) Act 1994 (ACT 478) section 18 stipulates clearly businesses that are exclusive to only indigenous Ghanaians. This Act was revised in GIPC Act 2013 (ACT 865) which banned all foreigners from engaging in the retail market. The Act also warns citizens who connive with foreigners in retail business in Ghana. In short, any foreigner who engage in retail marketing would be arrested and face the wrath of the law.

Since indigenous traders started losing customers to foreign competitors, the mother association, Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) lobbied on the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) to enforce the country’s investment laws which bars foreigners from directly engaging in the retail trade. The government then issued 30th June, 2015 as the deadline for foreigners to cease their activities in the retail markets.

The government also set up a task force that comprise of personnel of the Ghana Police Service, GUTA, Ghana Revenue Authority and officials of the Ministry of Trade and Industry to expropriate and lock all retail shops owned by foreigners.

Proponents of this policy argue that the government’s action is in full compliance with the law; opponents contend that free trade interaction creates value, reduces prices, gives access to variety and quality goods, and promote marvelous cooperation among strangers. (more…)

The following was contributed by ASFL local coordinator Michael Adu Gyekye

#FeesMustFallIn the past few weeks,  international news reports have been awash with stories about mass demonstrations by students in South Africa. The students protested over hikes in university fees and called for a cap in tuition, with some even demanding a complete scrapping of university fees.

The huge number of protesters in the demonstrations and the intensity of the campaign has extracted intriguing parallels between it and the Soweto student protests staged during the height of the country’s anti-apartheid struggle some decades ago.

To offer some relief to the clamorous demonstrators, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma announced a 0% increase in university fees for the year 2016, following a round of meetings with student leaders.

It is difficult to deny that the frustration of the disgruntled students tags at the heartstrings. Even more sympathetic is their craving for affordable university education to enhance access to tertiary schooling and improve human capital development in a country where for decades, equal opportunity for all citizens was severely undermined by the infamous policy of apartheid.

At the moment, it is hoped that the student protesters would be provided maximum security and space by the South African authorities to give full vent to their grievances and exercise their panoply of civil liberties as all stakeholders continue to look for a durable mutually-satisfactory solution to the impasse.   (more…)

The following was contributed by ASFL local coordinator Babajide Oluwase 

sdg-chartRecently, the world unanimously declared their support for the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), at a summit of the world leaders, just as they did the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) some 15 years back. Though the newly adopted goals are much broader and more comprehensive than the MDGs they replaced.
Basically, the SDGs aim to eradicate poverty, eliminate inequalities, and protect environmental resources for economic and social development. No doubt, these are bold attempts to set the development agenda for the next 15 years. But they are just goals. Beyond declaration, we need to collectively possess the Global Goals, specifically for actions.

How do we go about this?

A good way to start is by aligning the SDGs with long term national goals, just as Botswana did in its Post-2015 Development Agenda termed ‘Transforming our World; The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’. The adoption of these indicators in line with national plan will absolutely usher in additional demands on statistical agencies to provide timely data to facilitate monitoring and evaluation of SDGs in African countries. This is certainly a good way to start. (more…)

The following was written by Pretoria-based ASFL Executive Board Member Martin van Staden

climate change pixIn a common leap of logic, the average statist often contends that taxation is not merely the State expropriating value from citizens but also an investment! The fallacy goes that any money the State takes is reinvested into the economy anyway, and thus there is no loss to the economy at large. In this essay I rely on proto-Austrian Frédéric Bastiat’s well known essay That Which is Seen, and That Which is Not Seen as well as ordinary common sense to explain why taxation is not such a ‘reinvestment’. The carbon tax has been a contentious topic in South Africa recently, therefore I will use it and the discourse surrounding it to make my point.

On the Terra Firma Academy blog an argument is made in favor of the carbon tax. The author attempts to justify the tax with reference to the good it will apparently do for the economy.

The first argument is that for the carbon tax to work, the State must effectively recycle the revenue by reinvesting it into the economy. The author recognizes that tax causes distortions in the market, but believes the imposition of the carbon tax can be used to reduce other taxes. The second argument is that the carbon tax will create employment. These will mostly be services that companies will need because of the carbon tax, such as carbon accounting and other risk management services to handle their tax liability. Further, companies may create carbon offset projects where they actively reduce emissions (e.g. by building wind turbines pro bono as a means to reduce their liability). The author states that by doing this, companies will be “contributing positively to society”. Lastly, the author argues that the carbon tax will “encourage” the emergence of a green industries.


The following is a guest submission by Habeeb Kolade

MauritiusThanks to its excellent scenery, pristine blue waters and exotic beaches, Mauritius stands as one of the top destinations for tourists in the world. Isolated from the rest of Africa, Mauritius stands distinct from the rest of the continent in many ways.

While many are still battling issues of gender balance in the areas of governance as well as other exploitable opportunities, Mauritius took the bold step of voting in a female president, making her only the third sitting female President in Africa, along with Presidents of Liberia and Central African Republic. Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim wasn’t even a politician and was last only in contention to be the Vice Chancellor of the University of Mauritius. A thorough-bred scientist, Dr Ameenah is known for her strides in science rather than politics. A 2007 Laureate for the L’Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science for Africa, 2008 winner of the ‘Emma Award’ by Bank One Ltd ‘For Outstanding achievement and accomplishment’ and Fellow of the African Academy of Science as one of the foremost modern scientists in Africa, the choice of Dr Ameenah can easily be recognized as meritocratic rather than political, a system generally lacking in many African countries.


The following report was submitted by Isack Danford

Uhuru Leadership AcademyIsack Danford, former African Students For Liberty board member and founder of the Uhuru Initiative for Policy and Education organized a training seminar for undergraduates and young professionals in Tanzania.

The training seminar called the Uhuru Leadership Academy (ULA) brought thirty participants from across Africa and gave them training, resources, a network, and other tools with which they can effectively organize and make an impact in their universities, cities and regions.  After the event, participants of this training organize events, help start and grow student groups, and seek out other potential leaders for liberty with the resources that this young organization provides. (more…)

The following was submitted by ASFL blog team member Babajide Oluwase

2015 IEFOut of a population of about 1 billion people, it is not exaggerating to say that majority of Africans are not free to make choices about who should govern them, let alone the kind of economic system to be practiced to produce the desired outcomes.

No doubt, African economies need entrepreneurs to create jobs and drive new innovations to the market. But what do the entrepreneurs need?  Economic freedom.

Why economic freedom?

Economic freedom is the key to greater opportunities and an improved quality of life. It’s the freedom to choose how to produce, sell, and use your own resources, while respecting others’ rights to do same. It is an engine that drives prosperity in the world and it is the difference between why some societies thrive and others do not. In economically free societies, government allow labour, capital, and goods to move freely, and refrain from coercion of liberty beyond the extent necessary to protect and maintain liberty itself.

In this year’s Index of Economic Freedom (IEF), published by the Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal, just over 40 African economies are included in its 152-strong list. This apparently sends a message that, Africa has fundamental issues to deal with. Mauritius (10th), Botswana (36th), and Rwanda (65th) are rated as the continent’s freest economies, while Congo (168th), Equatorial Guinea (173rd), and of course, Zimbabwe (175th) wallow at the bottom of the index. The index also indicates that Sub-Saharan Africa is ranked last in seven of the ten economic freedom assessed, performing particularly poorly in three crucial areas: property rights, freedom from corruption, and business freedom. Though, better than the global average on government expenditure. (more…)