Liberia: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

The president of Liberia has just written an autobiography about her life.  The book is called, “This Child Shall be Great”.   You can listen to an interview she gives about the book here.

I have not read the book yet, but it is definitely going on my reading list.

I’ve said before, that if you are a leader of an organization, business or government and if you run that organization honestly and free of corruption, you will eventually talk about it.  Either in the form of a book, or in the form of extended interviews on television or on radio.  It’s human nature because we are social creatures.

I had a disagreement about this issue with a couple of friends of mine this weekend. I was complaining to them about the lack of information from Kenya’s political and business “leaders” (quotes on the word leaders put in with emphasis).  Their retort to me was that it was not part of the Kenyan culture to talk openly about things, especially about money or business.

My response was that there is nothing instrinsically secretive about Kenyans.  The reason they are not talking is because they are (for the most part) doing things dishonestly and corruptly and as a result, they have to keep quiet.

What do you think? Are we culturally pre-disposed to secrecy?

Anyway, these are the books on my reading list for this month:

What are you reading?

5 comments for “Liberia: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

  1. LJ
    April 15, 2009 at 1:08 am

    Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo

  2. coldtusker
    April 11, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    KE: LOL… the idiot was trying to burnish his reputation. Anyway, moi has been quiet about the mau allocations… since he was the one dishing out title deeds!

  3. kenyanentrepreneur
    April 9, 2009 at 12:57 pm


    Have you read Moi’s “biography”? He must have paid Andrew Morton a few million pounds to write that piece of comedy.

  4. PKW
    April 9, 2009 at 3:32 am

    Quoting you “and if you run that organization honestly and free of corruption, you will eventually talk about it”.
    That is subjective. Moi (African Statesman),Raila (an Enigma or something similar), Kalonzo (something to do with footprints, time and sands),even Museveni (Sowing the Mustard Seed) have written biographies-or had them written. Look who’s talking, no, writing!

  5. casey
    April 9, 2009 at 3:12 am

    bible psalm six nine

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