When Minds Meet: A Conversation with Mr Mutumwa Mawere
When Minds Meet is a collection of articles that I wrote for the Newsday, a Zimbabwe daily newspaper, and were published in various online publications on issues that need to form part of the conversations among Africans on what matters if the continent has to deliver on the promise of a better life to the majority. The articles focus on a variety of subjects that speak to the concept of identity and citizenship against a background where the majority of Africans feel excluded from the economic mainstream notwithstanding the promise of independence.
The idea of writing a weekly column for the Newsday, was a consequence of a conversation with the then-editor of the newspaper, Mr. Brian Mangwende, regarding the diminishing space for honest, frank and objective discourse on issues that are critical in shaping and defining the character of the continent.
Africa after 56 years of independence has not been able to efficiently and effectively address the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality. The lingering question is whether the fault lines lie at the individual, corporate and State level, or fundamentally Africans are a cursed people.
The post-colonial era has been characterized by political players dominating the agenda to an extent that citizens feel powerless to add their voices to the kind of matters that concern their livelihoods. So much is expected from state actors and so little can and has been delivered. The role of the State will continue to challenge the minds of not only the current generation but future generations. The values, principles and worldview required to advance Africa's prospects will always be a consequence of negotiations between and among Africa's people. It is in the context of the required negotiations that this book has to be located as an attempt by one individual to add his voice. He also provides his own insights on complex matters, whose understanding is important in informing the kind of policy choices and behavior that the continent needs.
The central theme of this book is that it is vital to begin to engage in conversations and when minds meet, they should not just exchange facts but transform and reshape them with a view to creating new ones. We all have been told and accepted that Africa's condition is a consequence of the conspiracy of external forces and rarely do we as Africans look at ourselves in the mirror to establish whether we have played and continue to play a part in undermining our own future.
Conversations are very critical and useful actions. We need more conversations about what kind of Africa we want to see. Who should govern Africa? How should state actors be selected? What should their responsibilities be? Who should they be accountable to? Can Africa be viable without the intervention of external role players? Who should benefit from Africa's resources?
Zimbabwe, my country of birth, features prominently in this book, not least because it is representative of the African story but because many of my views have been shaped and informed by my own journey and experiences. The book attempts to locate the importance of the rule of law, respect for human rights and the right to property of citizens in the broader context of nation state-building.
The book is divided into 69 chapters. The sequence of chapters is the chronological order in which the articles were written.
The articles in this book reflect the many ideas that came to mind at the time when the articles were published and capture what I feel is important, as a business actor and also as a person whose experiences have a lot of value to existing and future entrepreneurs who may naively assume that the future is secure in the hands of other people.https://www.amazon.com/When-Minds-Meet-Conversation-Mutumwa-ebook/dp/B018FXYZ8Q