'Africa is a lost cause'. This is a cynical view held widely in the West, in much of the world and even in Africa. Many people in the old European colonial powers - and not only the dwindling band of 'old Africa hands' who served in the colonies - are in despair, lamenting maladministration, corruption, civil and inter-state wars, poverty, famine and the seemingly unstoppable march of AIDS. And all in a great continent with abundant human and natural resources. The other side of the coin is that hope is beginning to dawn as Africa's plight is recognised by the Africans themselves and its vital strategic, political and economic importance in the age of globalisation is gaining universal appreciation. An 'African renaissance' may seem far-fetched but there is perhaps light at the end of the tunnel. This is the backdrop against which Andrew Sardanis' fascinating story is set. It begins with his work as a journalist in Cyprus - on the receiving end of British colonialism - and moves to Northern Rhodesia where he played a leading role as an international businessman and in the politics of independence leading to the new nation of Zambia.
He was at the heart of Zambia's political and business development, and always a sympathetic but critical observer and adviser, both in government and in business, also a close but objective friend of leaders including Kenneth Kaunda.
Andrew Sardanis was born and educated in colonial Cyprus, worked as a journalist and moved to Northern Rhodesia in 1950. He participated in the independence movement of Zambia and played a major role in the first Administration of the country. After a business career that took him to almost all the sub-Saharan countries he now takes care of the Chaminuka Nature and Wildlife Reserve, near Lusaka, Zambia.
List of illustrations vii Acknowledgements ix Map of Zambia (Northern Rhodesia) x Introduction 1 PART I 1. Cyprus, island of 'beauty and longing' 7 2. Northern Rhodesia, land of the bwanas and... 'boys' 19 3. 'The roots of heaven' 27 4. The officers and... clerks 36 5. The rider mounts the horse 45 6. Strikes and boycotts 52 7. Governor Benson's 'democracy' 59 8. Colonies in revolt 67 9. Signs of change 73 10. The horse bucks... 79 PART II 11. Dancing the Isaiah and the Chachacha 87 12. The 'boys' woo the bwanas 94 13. Back to the roots 101 14. A vital election 107 15. The reluctant candidate 113 16. Celebrations and intimidation on the hustings 117 17. Dashed hopes? 127 18. Harry rises to the occasion 130 19. The black coalition 136 20. ... and the rider is thrown off 143 21. 'One Zambia, One Nation' 155 PART III 22. The first steps 161 23. Development or contingency planning? 167 24. Hostages to the Rhodesian sanctions 173 25. Development and dissent 182 26. UNIP in turmoil attacks the Chief Justice 190 27. Rhodesian spies and intimidation 204 28. Economic awakening 212 29. Mixing business with government 222 30. The mines under government control 229 31. Confusion and pressures 240 32. Moving on 247 PART IV 33. In King Tiny's court 255 34. 'One-party participatory democracy'! 261 35. A costly mistake 266 36. Hunted 279 37. A gentlemen's coup 285 38. Paralysis and stagnation 292 39. A rude awakening 303 40. Taking stock 308 Epilogue 321 Appendix: The mining agreements 326 Select bibliography 333 Index 334