Talk:New generation of African leaders
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I think the distinction drawn in the article is somewhat wrong. In the conception of most Westerners concerned with African there are at least three generations of postcolonial African leaders, not two. I would contrast the "old generation" of leaders, the independence campaigners starting with Kwame Nkrumah, with the strongmen, typically military men, who ruled one-party states in the 70s and 80s.
Obviously people like Mobutu, Amin, and Bokassa come to mind here. There was considerable overlap between the two -- many independence campaigners became more authoritarian citing necessity as their rationale -- but there was a fairly clear distinction. And there is a distinction also, at least in the minds of most Western observers, between them and their successors, the 'New Generation'. --Saforrest 21:49, 27 August 2007 (UTC)