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The following was contributed by ASFL Local Coordinator Femi Ogunjobi

 

OlumayowaThe Atlas Network in collaboration with the Students Union and African Students For Liberty (ASFL) Chapter of Obafemi Awolowo University held a Liberty and Leadership Forum in the Cooperative building of the institution on Saturday, March 7, 2015. The event targeted students and leaders from different universities and colleges to focus on best practices of students organizing, networking and exposure to strategies for expanding the frontiers of freedom across the continent. The discussion encompassed teachings on Free Market, Economy, Liberty, Leadership and Responsibility, Entrepreneurship, Freedom of Speech, and Good governance.

 

The over 100 participants forum commenced with opening remarks from Jude Feranmi, the institution’s group leader. He explained the liberty movement as a drive which must awaken young people in the society. He challenged African youths to imbibe the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship that unlocks much potential. (more…)

The following was first published on eapcentre.org, and was contributed by ASFL Local Cordinator  June Moseti

 

MogadishuSomalia has the distinction of being the world’s longest running failed state with no central government of any real authority. Peace and harmony in Somalia are seen to be as fleeting as the morning dew. Civil war has ravaged the country ever since Siad Barre’s ouster as president in 1991. The dictator oversaw a regime of gross atrocities on his people with the Somali Armed forces targeting civilians in ruthless attacks such as the 1988 bloody siege in Hargeisa that claimed 5000 civilian lives. A coalition of clan-based armed opposition group came to the rescue in 1991 and ousted the nations long standing military government. It would however, come to be that these same heroes would turn out to be the most vicious of villains as the country was plunged into a civil war that has spurned over two decades.

 
War in the region can be traced back to the 20th Century due to three reasons, namely: Barre’s dictatorship, colonialism and cold war international relations. The former colonial masters ruled Somalia as two regions: North was administered as British Somalia and the South as Italian Somalia. The two colonies in 1960 merged to form the Independent United Republic of Somalia in 1960. This however, left discordant tension due to differing economic, colonial and political traditions.

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The following was written by Pretoria-based ASFL Local Coordinator Martin van Staden

This past Monday saw the revival of the South African (classically) liberal youth movement with the Inaugural Ceremony of African Students For Liberty – Pretoria (ASFL-Pretoria), at the University of Pretoria’s Hatfield campus. With the timely disbandment of the National Union of South African Students (Nusas) and the South African Liberal Students’ Association (Salsa) at the end of Apartheid in the 1990s, a great void was created; a void Students For Liberty in South Africa hopes to fill.

Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 6.37.02 PMOur speaker for the evening was Mr. John Kane-Berman, lifelong classical liberal and former Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Race Relations (IRR), South Africa’s oldest classically liberal think tank. Mr. Kane-Berman gave an informative talk on the history of liberalism in South Africa, including its proud opposition to Apartheid and the unfortunate demise of the liberal youth movement in the country.

Please click here to read the full speech given by Mr. Kane-Berman, as it was posted on PoliticsWeb.

Also in attendance was Dr. Frans Cronje, well known political and economic commentator and the incumbent CEO of the IRR. Mr. Phumlani UMajozi of the Free Market Foundation Youth (FMFYouth) also joined us that evening. ASFL-Pretoria has already established a good working relationship with the FMF and the IRR in South Africa’s struggle for substantive liberty. The FMF enabled the Inaugural Ceremony in part by contributing over R5 000 ($400) worth of free market reading material which was distributed to new members at our tabling in February, as well as the most expensive books at the Ceremony itself, by way of a number drawing. Five new student members each went home with the Economic Freedom of the World Annual Report, worth R500 ($40). (more…)

The following was contributed by ASFL executive board member Ajibola Adigun

 

DangoteOn Saturday March 7, the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, hosted a Leadership and Liberty Forum under the auspices of the Students’ Union and the African Students For Liberty where students and young professionals gathered for a day of deliberations, debates and lectures on things to do to move the nation forward.

 
It was unusually late in the proceedings for a University renowned for its socialist ethos and the radical bent of her students before concerns about government’s failure to redistribute wealth through the taxation of Nigerian entrepreneurs like Aliko Dangote to renovate buildings such as the Adekunle Fajuyi Hall of the University, among other things, came on the agenda.

 
One of the participants passionately suggested various schemes he could better put Aliko Dangote’s money to. He would build more universities like the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), which her students affectionately translate the acronym ‘OAU’ to mean Oba Awon University, King of all Universities. He would set up committees to make sure that charitable donations going to building better schools and better health facilities are more than those that companies give to beauty pageants and musical contests. All these and more he would do because Aliko Dangote was making so much money from Nigerians and it was his responsibility to give back to the society. He wondered if anybody had heard of anytime Dangote endowed any university. What manner of injustice was that that a man sat down in the office and made millions of U.S. dollars while the laborers on the factory floor earned petty wages?

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The following was contributed by ASFL executive board member Peter Yakobe

ASFL Outreach in Malawi

ASFL Outreach in Malawi

Working to achieve its vision to have a Malawi where the students, and the youths in general are liberated and are taking necessary steps to advance liberty, African Students For Liberty in Malawi conducted a liberty awareness campaign at the University of Malawi, the Polytechnic on Saturday 21 February.

The main goal of the event was to raise awareness of liberty at the institution and also to establish a libertarian student club at the university. The Polytechnic students were encouraged to take a lead as young leaders in ensuring that we have a liberated nation where its people are able to enjoy individual freedom through the ideas of liberty.

The response from the students was overwhelming, considering the program held on a Saturday, when many students are not on campus, and the short period of time that the program was advertised for.
About 20 students who came to the event discussed about the principles that make for a free society. A student libertarian group was started and an interim committee to lead the group was formed. Students For Liberty T-shirts were distributed to some of the participants.Participants

African Students For Liberty plans to conduct more outreach activities in Malawi to make sure that the youths in general are at liberty to partake in socio-economic and political development pursuits and in line with one of its objective of liberating the young especially tertiary students to be agents of change in society.

The following was contributed by ASFL local coordinator Olanrewaju Elufisan

NairobiFor the second time in a row, Nairobi has been shortlisted among the world’s Smart 21 communities of 2015 which makes it the most intelligent city in Africa, tenth in the world and the only city from the continent to make the cut, according to the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) – A New York based international think tank.

The concept of a ‘Smart City’ or an ‘Intelligent Community’ as it is, is the effective maximization of opportunities presented by Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to build prosperous economies, solve social problems and enrich local cultures. According to ICF, Intelligent communities are those that have taken conscious steps to create an economy that can prosper in the broadband economy.

As Africa’s ‘smartest city’, Nairobi has proven it has a thing for other African cities to learn from as no other city has achieved this feat, save for Cape Town in 2008. Robert Bell, ICF’s co-founder in a statement said “we see a strong foundation being put into place in Nairobi: sensible, pro-growth government policy, a more diversified economy and an innovation ecosystem of startups, international companies and universities. He added that “Nairobi made it to the list because of its level of Innovation”
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Announcing the

2nd Eastern African Students For Liberty Conference

May 15-16 2015, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya

 

 African Students For Liberty is proud to present the second annual ASFL Eastern African Regional Conference at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya

Join ASFL from Friday, the 15th of May through Saturday, the 16th of May for a weekend of inspiring lectures, insightful knowledge, and endless networking with pro-liberty students and young professionals from around the world.

By attending the conference, you will hear from top speakers in the freedom movement, network with other pro-liberty students, discover countless opportunities for jobs, internships, conferences and seminars, and have a lot of fun with other students. This event will feature tremendous speakers and panels on the ideas that lead to a free society and the actions necessary to implement them. In addition,  free meals and drinks and our evening social are included with your FREE registration. Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of the student movement for liberty! Register here.

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Location: Pope John Paul II Hall, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya

Registration is Free

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The following was contributed by Phlumani  M. UMajozi

Robert Mugabe fallsThe 90 –year old President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe was elected the Chairman of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, last week. Mugabe will chair the union for one year. Although revered by many across the African continent as a hero who led Zimbabwe to independence, many questions have been asked about the African Union’s decision to elect the man who has ruled his nation with an iron fist for many years. I ask only one question: As chairman of the AU, who does Mugabe really represent?

 
For many, the answer may be simple: He represents the people of Africa. For me it is even simpler. Mugabe represents the old guard. The current chair of the AU is entirely the opposite of what our continent needs right now. There are numerous reasons why I think so.
Firstly, he mismanaged his country’s economy over the past twenty years – which has inflicted misery on millions of his citizens. Mugabe’s policies have worsened the lives of the ordinary Zimbabweans. His policies resulted in severe decline in agricultural productivity, and the sky rocketing inflation that left his citizens desperately poor. Most of his people are not happy – many left the country to search for a better life elsewhere. Most came to South Africa. Estimates of Zimbabweans who live in South Africa range between 1.5 million and 3 million. During the peak of the economic crisis just a few years ago, Zimbabwe was ranked the world’s unhappiest place to live at – all this under President Mugabe’s leadership.
Politicians are expected to better the lives of the people they lead, not worsen them; Mugabe worsened the lives of his people.

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Announcing the

1st Southern African Students For Liberty Conference

May 8-9 2015, University of  Malawi, Chancellor College, Malawi

 

 African Students For Liberty is proud to present the first annual ASFL Southern African Regional Conference at the University of Malawi, Chancellor College, Malawi

Join ASFL from Friday, the 9th of May through Saturday, the 10th of May for a weekend of inspiring lectures, insightful knowledge, and endless networking with pro-liberty students and young professionals from around the world.

By attending the conference, you will hear from top speakers in the freedom movement, network with other pro-liberty students, discover countless opportunities for jobs, internships, conferences and seminars, and have a lot of fun with other students. This event will feature tremendous speakers and panels on the ideas that lead to a free society and the actions necessary to implement them. In addition,  free meals and drinks and our evening social are included with your FREE registration. Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of the student movement for liberty! Register here.

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Location: Great Hall, Chancellor College, University of Malawi, Malawi

Registration is Free  

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The following was submitted by ASFL Local Coordinator Oluwafemi Ogunjobi

WP_20150107_101Prof. George Ayittey, a Ghanaian Professor, said; ‘the Cheetah generation is the generation of youths that will not wait for the government to do things for them; they are the ones Africa’s salvation rests on their shoulders’. For four days, youths across Africa gathered at the Wood Training Center, Kumasi, Ghana for the 2015 Winter Liberty, & Entrepreneurship Camp organized by African Youths Peace Call (AYPC).

 

Kumasi is the capital city of the Ashanti region, a very important and historical center for Ghana. Tradition is held very high in the city and blends very well with modernity. The ancient capital of the Ashanti kingdom, Kumasi is still the heart of Ashanti country and the site of West Africa’s largest cultural center. To add to the appeal, it is surrounded by rolling green hills and has a vast central market as vibrant as any in Africa.

It hosts the Wood Training Center, which youths from various parts of Africa converged on last week, spreading the gospel of liberty, entrepreneurship and prosperity. (more…)