'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's 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; Acknowledgements; Map of Zambia (Northern Rhodesia); Introduction; PART I: 1. Cyprus, island of 'beauty and longing'; 2. Northern Rhodesia, land of the bwanas and - 'boys'; 3. 'The roots of heaven'; 4. The officers and - clerks; 5. The rider mounts the horse; 6. Strikes and boycotts; 7. Governor Benson's 'democracy'; 8. Colonies in revolt; 9. Signs of change; 10. The horse bucks -; PART II: 11. Dancing the Isaiah and the Chachacha; 12. The 'boys' woo the bwanas; 13. Back to the roots; 14. A vital election; 15. The reluctant candidate; 16. Celebrations and intimidation on the hustings; 17. Dashed hopes?; 18. Harry rises to the occasion; 19. The black coalition; 20. - and the rider is thrown off; 21. 'One Zambia, One Nation'; PART III: 22. The first steps; 23. Development or contingency planning?; 24. Hostages to the Rhodesian sanctions; 25. Development and dissent; 26. UNIP in turmoil attacks the Chief Justice; 27. Rhodesian spies and intimidation; 28. Economic awakening; 29. Mixing business with government; 30. The mines under government control; 31. Confusion and pressures; 32. Moving on; PART IV: 33. In King Tiny's court; 34. 'One-party participatory democracy'!; 35. A costly mistake; 36. Hunted; 37. A gentlemen's coup; 38. Paralysis and stagnation; 39. A rude awakening; 40. Taking stock; Epilogue; Appendix: The mining agreements; Select bibliography; Index