This photo taken on November 19, 2017 shows a vandalised billboard of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe in front of the ZANU-PF (Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front) political party headquarters in Harare. 

Zimbabwe's president must leave office on November 19, the head of Zimbabwe's war veterans association said as pressure builds on the authoritarian leader to resign after a military takeover. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai NJIKIZANA        (Photo credit should read JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Mugabe & the Myth of a Benign Dictator

Why one man never holds the power we all perceive

By Dr Foluke Ifejola Adebisi - 23rd November 2017

At the time of writing, the non-coup in Zimbabwe is just over 24 hours old. It has been interesting watching the international news coverage of but this is DEFINITELY NOT A COUP. The idea that one person – a dictator – can hold state power is actually unfounded.  These ideas are contrary to the evidence of history and very much affected by the lens through which Africa is viewed and the lens through which we view ourselves. In this essay, Dr. Foluke Adebisi explains we have all got things so wrong.

Dr Foluke Ifejola Adebisi

Dr Adebisi is a Pan African lawyer, teacher and researcher who seeks new ways of interpreting the African experience in order to challenge it's misconceptions and static ideology.

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