Resolving African Leadership Failure Using the 'Agent Sensitive' Archetypal: A Jurisprudential Approach

  • Paul T. Haaga Federal University of Lafia
Keywords: African, Agent-sensitive, Jurisprudential, Leadership, Resolving


It is trite, and rightly so, that the question of leadership is on the top agenda of all African States today. It is also reasonably evident that law, as both a powerful normative system and an effective tool of social order, has an important role to play in the quest for effective leadership in Africa, even though that fact has not been consciously and diligently pursued as it should in Africa. In lieu of this, Achebe opines that 'the African problem is the unwillingness or inability of its leaders to rise to the responsibility and to the challenge of demonstrating personal example which is the hallmarks of true leadership.' It is a matter of fact that the development of any nation revolves around the humanistic approach adopted by her leaders. This humanistic approach, African leaders are yet to adopt. Africa is mostly characterised by unstable and dishonest systems, where individuals seem to be 'stronger' than 'institutions', and where there is no clear contrast between the 'office' and the 'office holder'; development is unachievable in this kind of context. Adopting the philosophical methods of analysis and exposition, this paper examines the sway of leadership in Africa; the paper attempts to interrogate the factors responsible for the failure of leadership in Africa. Finally, it adopts a jurisprudential perspective, using 'agent-sensitive' approach towards resolving the leadership challenges in Africa.


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