Mugabe voted third-greatest African

08.25.04

Robert Mugabe: Dictator, Tyrant… and third-greatest African of all time:

Zimbabwe’s controversial President Robert Mugabe was voted the third-greatest African of all time, topped only by South Africa’s Nelson Mandela and former Ghanaian president Kwame Nkrumah, in a survey for New African magazine announced.

Mugabe, widely criticized outside Zimbabwe for stifling dissent and crippling the economy of his once prosperous southern African nation, was an “interesting” choice because “a high-profile campaign in the media has painted him in bad light”, the New African wrote.

The London-based magazine said responses flooded in after the survey was launched last December to nominate the top 100 most influential Africans or people of African descent.

That’s almost as absurd, as, say, La Presse nominating Yasser Arafat as “Person of the Year”… oh wait, that really happened.

This survey result really calls into question what the readership of this magazine must have been thinking. Too much of Africa remains plunged into poverty, war and conflict, disease (the highest percentage of HIV and AIDS in the world), and tyranny. With much of the world almost ready to write off Africa as beyond being able to be saved, the continent is in desperate need of cultural role models. Mugabe, needless to say, is not exactly an inspired choice.

(By the way, none of this will stop African countries from continuing to attack Israel on a regular basis).

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1 DaninVan 08.27.04 at 7:45 AM

Didn’t I already post a pithy comment on this earlier? I’m sure I did…

In any case, considering the quality of the ‘competition’, I’m only surprised that he’s not higher on the list.

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2 igor 08.29.04 at 6:37 AM

the french, including the quebecois, worship the arabians.. french are inately arabophiles
in 20 years, France will be a muslim country

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