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Arthur Mutambara, the Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe under the power-sharing agreement between Mugabe's ZANU-PF and his Movement for Democratic Change, says that examples of successful countries in Africa include Mauritius, South Africa, Ghana, and Senegal. He also identifies three drivers in Africa that have the potential to make the continent a major player in the globalization scheme: natural resources, human capital, and infrastructure. He says:


"So using our natural resources, using our human capital, and using effective infrastructure and building new infrastructure, Africa can do well. And those examples I’ve indicated are an illustration that it’s possible for African countries to rise up and be players under globalization."

He makes a good point about the increasing number of democratic elections, but is entrenching Africa further into the globalized system that has historically left it the underdog really the idea of success? Isn't there a worldwide movement going on the fight against that?

 

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Kayode Kasum, like most filmmakers, has been stagnated by the coronavirus pandemic. The director behind the blockbuster Sugar Rush and the critically acclaimed Oga Bolaji was working on the post-production of his upcoming movies, The Fate of Alakada: Party Planner and Kambili—a collaboration between FilmOne Entertainment and Chinese Huahua Media— when the Nigerian government announced the lockdown order.

While post-production on Alakada has concluded, the stay-at-home orders have delayed work on Kambili. "Since the team cannot meet at a single point, we are moving hard drives left and right," he says to me over the phone from his home in Lagos. "It is a challenge, but the beautiful thing about a challenge is, when you make it work, it is fulfilling."

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Kasum has turned to books and films for an escape from the unpleasant realities of the pandemic. "I have been reading Elnathan's books: Born on a Tuesday and Becoming Nigeria," he tells me. "I have also been reading film directing books, Directing Actors by Judith Weston." However, Kasum longs for the movies. "I miss going to the cinemas; I miss that experience," he says. "There are times during this pandemic that I'm like 'na wa o, I wish I can go to the cinema.'"

Below are five films he recommends you watch during this pandemic.

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