We have all been in those discussions. Africans gathered around having lively, angry but strangely reassuring exchanges about the world.
A continent with a begging bowl in hand cannot simply appeal to the better nature of its
benefactors; it needs to rediscover the rituals that once made it great.
American and European attempts to maintain control in the Middle East are a source of great instability.
With Africa attempting its own form of monetary union, lessons from the eurozone and Greek crisis could not be clearer. Inevitably the crisis in Europe will not leave Africa unscathed.
Obama is president, but US police forces continue to behave appallingly. Africans are in government in South Africa, but Afrophobia persists.
Blood and land has been replaced by civic ideas of democracy. But there remains enormous confusion about what to do with traditional leadership.