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Performing on the world stage, every player makes some decision to play for country, but which country? That is the question perpetually facing players who feel bound to multiple allegiances—whether by birth, residence, or family heritage—yet must salute one flag above all.
Africa’s more progressive leaders are fighting against protectionist attitudes. At the annual meeting of the African Development Bank on May 22, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda told fellow leaders that the continent’s “most important challenges cannot be tackled by any country on its own” and that “deeper regional and continental integration is not only good for Africa, it is good for investors and trading partners. It makes it easier and cheaper and less risky to do business in Africa.”
In my research, and from my experience as a speaker, I found that the average pidgin speaker (if he knew his pidgin well enough not to say ‘you dey resemble your father’, instead of ‘you dey gyee your poppee’) was an accomplished language user who was usually fluent in English.