The revolution in leadership and the need to instill a sense of service cannot be confined only to those at the top of African societies, however. Even the poorest and least empowered of Africa's citizens need to rid themselves of a culture that tolerates systemic corruption and ineffieciency, as well as self-destructive tendencies and selfishness. They must grasp the available opportunities and not wait for someone else magically to make development happen for them; they must realise that,no matter how meager their capacities and resources, they have the means to protect what is theirs. Africa's peoples , wherever they are in society, need to hold politicians and themselves accountable, value long-term sustainability over short-term gain and instant gratification, and plan wisely for an uncertain future rather than settle for an expedient present. Instead of milking the cow called Africa to death, everyone should feed, nurture, and love her so she can thrive and provide.
( An extract from the book - "The Challenge for Africa - A New Vision" by Wangari Maathai)