Legendary South African singer and songwriter Robin Auld has once again teamed up with Greg Mills from The Brenthurst Foundation for their new track Jambo Express. Having co-written songs with Greg for his previous books, their latest collaboration is inspired by a new book called The Asian Inspiration (published by PanMacmillan SA) which takes lessons from 10 Asian countries and applies them to Africa.
The Brenthurst Foundation is at the frontier of new ideas and innovative actions for strengthening Africa’s economic performance. The book is written by Greg Mills, who heads the Johannesburg-based Brenthurst Foundation; Olusegun Obasanjo the former president of Nigeria; Hailemariam Desalegn who was the prime minister of Ethiopia and Emily van der Merwe, an economist at The Brenthurst Foundation.
“Jambo Express seeks to express the optimism of the late 50’s and early 60’s around African independence and suggests that the Asian example has much to teach us.” Comments Robin on the track.
Watch Jambo Express here
The Asian Aspiration: Why Africa Should Emulate Asia, And How It Shouldn’t
In 1960, GDP per capita in South East Asian countries was nearly half of that of Africa. By 1986, the gap had closed and today the trend is reversed, with more than half of the world’s poorest now living in Sub-Saharan Africa. Why has Asia developed while Africa lagged? The Asian Aspiration chronicles the untold stories of explosive growth and changing fortunes: the leaders, events and policy choices that lifted a billion people out of abject poverty within a single generation, the largest such shift in human history.
The relevance of Asia’s example comes as Africa is facing a population boom, which can either lead to crisis or prosperity; and as Asia is again transforming, this time out of low-cost manufacturing into high-tech, leaving a void that is Africa’s for the taking. But far from the optimistic determinism of “Africa Rising”, this book calls for unprecedented pragmatism in the pursuit of African success.