African presidents have the subject of considerable scrutiny and superficial and largely irrelevant rankings over the past decade. The focus on African leaders has ignored alternative forums where Africa is showing remarkable progress thanks to outstanding leadership. These are what I call entrepreneurial leaders devoted to creating new government bodies, businesses and learning institutions. One such field is regional integration. On April 19 a Rwandan national will replace Juma Volter Mwapachu as Secretary General of the East African Community. This transition comes at a critical time when the region will be creating a Monetary Union, forging a Political Federation and expanding to include South Sudan. Mwapachu will be remembered as a true entrepreneur with a passion for creating new institutions that improve the lives of the majority of people.


Juma, Calestous. "Juma Mwapachu: Legacy of an Entrepreneurial Leader." The EastAfrican, April 18, 2011.