Africa Blog

May 22, 2017

Ibrahim Anoba: A Libertarian Thought on Individualism and African Morality

The individual in African philosophy mostly existed as a reflection of his community. He was seen as a product of his tribe less than he was an independent being. His birth and death were to satisfy the wishes of the gods on earth. Like many tribes in Africa, several cultures according to history put the individual as a unique creation with the purpose of happiness and self-realization. In traditional Africa, it was best that the individual remained a social being. This view of man as a societal element primarily applied to his identification as a member of a united community in pursuant of collective prosperity with regards for his individual happiness. However, the expansion of groups during territorial wars and migration, increased community populations while […]
May 20, 2017

In Memoriam:
Kelvin Onchari

Today, African Students For Liberty says goodbye to a great leader. Rest in peace, Kelvin. #SFLove  
May 9, 2017

Victoria Ibiwoye
Nigeria

 SFL SUCCESS STORY: Victoria Ibiwoye SFL Africa Educating and empowering young leaders in Africa Victoria Ibiwoye is a former ASFL Local Coordinator from Nigeria. She is the founder of One African Child, a non-profit initiative founded primarily to aide children on the African soil to realise their true identity and their place in society. The organization’s mission is to educate and empower young African Leaders. The organization executes community projects that seek to educate and transform the lives of children. Victoria recently represented One African Child at the UNESCO NGO Forum 2017 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia which was a summit on education. View Other SFL Success Stories If you want to support students like Victoria, please invest in liberty today. It is tax-deductible and will change […]
May 8, 2017

AFRICA: APRIL 2017 UPDATE

ASFL – Kenya Campus Caravan of Liberty visits 3 more universities The Campus Caravan on issue based political dialogue in Kenya visited 3 more universities in April. Forums wereheld at Mount Kenya University, Main Campus (on 8th April), Scott University, Machakos (on 22nd April) and University of Nairobi, MSA Campus (on 29th April). The caravan endeavors to contribute to the creation of a society based on issues and not tribal politics as is the current situation in Kenya.   University of Ghana Liberty Forum The campus liberty train project, with support from Atlas Network organized a liberty forum at the University of Ghana on the 9th of April with 32 participants. This is the second university that will be visited under this project. The aim […]
April 12, 2017

Africa:
March 2017 Update

SFL Africa MARCH 2017 UPDATE First Set of Ugandan Local Coordinators Emerge, Organize Events In the month of March, ASFL welcomed its first set of Local Coordinators from Uganda. The youngsters swung to work with a tabling event at the University of Kisubi on March 17th, an Entrepreneurship Symposium on the 28th of March at Kyambogo University featuring Dr. Pythagoras Petratos as guest speaker. Also, they organized a National Entrepreneurship Conference on the 31st of March at Nkumba University with the team “Unlocking the barriers of economic prosperity for a free society” ASFL East African Regional Director on Radio The Regional Director of SFL for East Africa, Aimable Manirakiza was recently on Radio 10, Kigali, Rwanda to discuss the ASFL “Foundations of a Free Society” […]
March 31, 2017

Coup in Venezuela
Students Need Your Support

We’ve just gotten word from Estudiantes por la Libertad (EsLibertad) staff that the situation in Venezuela is deteriorating rapidly after President Maduro moved to solidify his power by stripping the National Assembly of its authority through a high court action. CNN says: The court ruled that all powers vested under the legislative body will be transferred to the Supreme Court, which is stacked with government loyalists. The ruling effectively means the three branches of the Venezuelan government will be controlled by the ruling United Socialist Party. The opposition has been taken out of the picture. EsLibertad Program Director Julio Clavijo reports: He is formalizing the dictatorship the country was living in. There is a high possibility that presidential elections which are due to take place in […]
March 22, 2017

Job Opportunity:
Human Rights Foundation

The following is a message from our friends at the Human Rights Foundation. Human Rights Foundation is hiring a San Francisco-based Strategy Associate SAN FRANCISCO (March 20, 2017) — Human Rights Foundation (HRF) is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that promotes and protects human rights globally, with a focus on closed societies. HRF unites people in the common cause of defending human rights and promoting liberal democracy. Today we are announcing an opportunity to join our team in the position of Strategy Associate. This is a unique chance to join a dynamic and high-achieving development and communications team as it works to grow HRF’s support base, engage new communities, and expand HRF’s global profile. Grounding our work in a deep commitment to individual liberty, HRF aims to raise […]
March 15, 2017

Why African Countries Won’t Remain Poor

In a recent release by the Global Finance magazine, the poorest countries in the world in 2016 are predominantly African. ‘The World’s Richest and Poorest Countries’ ranked countries using GDP per capita adjusted for relative purchasing power. Unfortunately, this situation has been the trend for a long time and it appear as though there aren’t solutions. The paradox is that while Africa remains a continent with rich potentials, it is equally very poor. That the continent is rich in natural and human resources is no new story, from Uranium-rich Niger Republic and Copper-rich Zambia to the Oil and Gas rich Nigeria and Angola, resources and potentials are abundant, but the reality in terms of economic development is not commensurate with the resources. The terrible economic […]
March 14, 2017

John Mugabi
Uganda

 SFL SUCCESS STORY: John Mugabi SFL Africa Furthering individual liberty in Uganda John Mugabi through his personal efforts, has created a community of passionate leaders for liberty in Uganda. He is now the main point of contact for the organization in the country, and has hosted several events this far where he introduced the Ideas and encouraged the students to join SFL. Through his leadership, over 10 campus groups have been created in several universities in Uganda. John recently hosted a liberty convention at the Kyambogo University, Uganda where students came together to discuss the ideas of liberty, entrepreneurship, the rule of law, and big versus small government among other interesting topics. John wished to highlight to the audience that it is important to live, but […]
March 10, 2017

Protests and Failure of Governments in Africa

This article is written by Hendrix NKAMICANIYE Hendrix, ASFL Local Coordinator in Burundi. In recent years, the African continent has recorded a number of large-scale protests, but unlike the surge of protests in the 1980’s and 1990’s which were largely pro-democracy movements against autocratic governments, the recent uprisings are largely an overt demand for public scrutiny and accountability in the internal affairs of the countries. The notion that democracy is the best form of government got assimilated quite fairly in Africa in the 1990s since it protects the human rights of citizens and stands for the will of the people. But today, many countries remain undemocratic and authoritarian.   African citizens of the time believed democracy would help them get rid of corrupt leaders and guarantee individual […]
March 9, 2017

Aimable Manirakiza
Burundi

SFL SUCCESS STORY: Aimable Manirakiza SFL Africa Spreading the message of liberty in east Africa Aimable Manirakiza joined ASFL in 2015 after attending the Eastern African Regional Conference in Nairobi, Kenya in May the same year. He completed the Local Coordinator training class for the year and joined the leaders of liberty in Africa. Aimable has since been very active, recruiting top students from Burundi and creating a strong leadership committee which together has hosted some of the best events in Africa. Due to his efforts he is now a member of the African Executive Board and the Regional Director for East Africa. Aimable has reached out to students in Rwanda and Congo with the message of liberty using his project, The Principles and Foundations of a […]
March 8, 2017

Volunteer To Organize A Liberty Forum In Your School

Last month, ASFL Nigeria started a new initiative, the #CampusLibertyTrain with a forum at the Oduduwa University, Osun State, Nigeria. Through this initiative, we intend to organize Liberty Forums in a number of higher institutions in Nigeria, particularly in those with no pro-liberty groups. A Liberty Forum in this context is a gathering where students get to acquire basic understanding of liberty, become familiar with the ideas that lead to overall human flourishing and development and get empowered to be agents of change on their campuses and in the society at large. Participants of these forums will listen to speakers on topics covering liberty and African issues, engage in interactive sessions, debates and see documentaries. Opportunities available in the student liberty movement will also be […]