Wednesday, 08 June 2016 20:13

Egoism, why Africans are unable to govern themselves

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This paper is about leadership. Those who talk about leaders must first establish their leadership bona fide. In that light, it is right to ask if I am a leader. The answer is no.

However, I know what leadership is all about. If I have not been a leader what makes me believe that I know what leadership is all about? This is another good question.

Leaders are human beings. Human beings are creatures with separated selves, egos. All of us are ego, separated selves. Each of us is essentially invested in the survival and preservation of his ego self and body.

The individual human being struggles to earn a living for the survival of what he calls his self, his ego and body. Having survived, the individual wants his immediate children to survive after he is dead. The individual has selfish genes; he wants his genes to survive and wants to continue surviving through his immediate offspring, his extended egos. Edward Wilson, in his seminal book, sociobiology, and Richard Dawkin, in his book on selfish genes, observed that people have selfish genes.

Leaders are those egos who fight for not only their personal ego survival but for all egos survival; leaders fight for their group's good.

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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

He can be reached at: ozodiosuji@gmail.com (907) 310-8176