Al Kags

I went to see JFK and thought about honour

Posted by in Thought Leadership, world view

Today, I went to the Arlington Cemetery and visited with John F Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States and paid my respects. While there, I reflected on two issues: honour and legacy. The two are related, in this context. I am still learning about JFK and why he remains the most popular past president of the US. I know, you are thinking about his most popular quote, “Ask not what your country can do for you, as what you can do for your country.” It’s apt but I…read more

How sustainable is OGP?

Posted by in Government, Open, Thought Leadership, world view

Having been involved in promoting the Open Government Partnership over the past couple of years in Africa, I have had a couple of experiences that have introduced a nagging worry at the back of my head that has continued to grow. Today, in conversation with colleagues at OpentheGovernment.org, where I am spending my days, the nagging worry codified into a coherent worry. Keep in mind that this is the beginning of the thought and I doubt that it is an original thought at all but I shall tag the gurus in this space -…read more

Kazi Ya Mkono: The little celebrated secret to success

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I was just about to leave the office when I decided to take a cursory final look at my social media – one for the road as they would have it. I came across this blogpost by a man I have great respect for, Erik Hersman. Post by Al Kags. As I read the post, I couldn’t help but nod emphatically and exclaim in the way of my Nigerian friends, “eheeee, now!” Look, we need to get educated as a continent. 33 million kids who could be going to school…read more