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 “Tere is no way that this will trickle down to sub-Saharan


Africa because it’s not the same circumstances.” Mariem Missaoui


in Europe.” Get the European influence out of each and every African government. You don’t see any Africans calling the shots


Cause Fx  “As Africans we need to be better organised and change our  mentality. We still have the mentality that someone else


is going to save us. What the Arabs in the North have shown is unity for a cause. We need to unite and be proud of who we are.” Edwin


“In Cameroon your closest friends will brand you a traitor for daring to oppose the old regime that has


brought recession and corruption in the highest degree in the past 26 years.”


Kaysek Eyong


happen.” “Te leftists in these states are the ones behind all this. Tey have been organising for years. Tis did not just


sub-Saharan Africa. Te Maghreb region, with the rest


[protesters] up...that would be the end of the story" - Museveni


heterogeneity! However when people are pushed to the wall, an uprising cannot be ruled out.”


Ajibade Otolorin  “More than ever, this is a time that Africa needs to show solidarity and condemn all the violence, the intolerance


and the dictatorial leadership of Mubarak. It is difficult for gov- ernments in sub-Saharan Africa to pronounce on what is going on in the North. It is clear that many African leaders would not support a people’s revolution because they are not legitimate leaders themselves. Te media needs to put pressure on them. Egypt is in Africa and we cannot pretend North Africa is not part of Africa. Te events in Egypt are part of a colonial legacy and an African legacy. Tis will have an economic impact, the South African rand is already shaky”


name withheld


 “It may take quite some time for it to trickle down to  “Te cruel truth is that, many African leaders have to con- Just Michael


tend with the fact that citizens across Africa wish Egypt


of the Arab Middle East, shares a common affinity in religion (Islam) and Arab culture. Sub-Saharan Africa is full of cultural


and Tunisia well. It also sends out the message that those who have perverted the electoral process and are in office way past their shelf life will be swept away”


name withheld New African March 2011 | 19


“ We would just lock them


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