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Archive: George Ayittey on Cheetahs vs. Hippos for the soul of Africa

For the next two weeks, we’re presenting some of our favorite TEDTalks from among the 270+ talks and performances we’ve posted since June 2006. Look for brand-new TEDTalks starting August 18. Until then, enjoy these gems — and suggest your own by writing to contact@ted.com or joining the conversation on TED.com.

Ghanaian economist George Ayittey unleashes a blistering, brilliantly argued torrent of controlled anger toward corrupt leaders in Africa. He calls on the “Cheetah generation” — fast-moving, net-connected and passionate — to take back the continent from the entrenched leaders, the bloated, greedy and deadly Hippos. One commenter called this talk “one of the best I have seen on TED.” (Recorded June 2007 in Arusha, Tanzania. Duration: 18:00)

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