Old politics for old men. That's perhaps the best summary of the outcomes from the World Economic Forum's African getaway this past week. Perhaps I am being a tad unfair to participants trying to breathe fresh impetus into the tale of a rising African continent. But listening to the grandiose claims of Zimbabwe's president about the strength of his country and sophistication of its economy reminded us of the delusions of grandeur we still have to deal with. Where was the real talk? A realignment of politics and economics is happening in this global village, which some of Africa's leaders forget we live in until poor health strikes and a European capital doesn't seem so far. A fourth industrial revolution threatens everything we once thought of as the absolute truth. Yet we are weighed down by the politics of an old world. As African people, we are now closing in on two decades since economic blueprints such as the New Partnership for Africa's Development were launched. Such plans an...

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