I have a feeling that Pliny there wasn\’t quite as wise to that continent as some think.
Equatorial Guinea has built a multimillion-pound deluxe \”city\” to host African leaders while the majority of its people live in dire poverty.
Sipopo boasts 52 luxury presidential villas, a conference hall, artificial beach, luxury hotel and the county\’s first 18-hole golf course. It was built over two years to host an African Union (AU) summit that will last just a week.
This has been going on ever since there has actually been an African Union.
Bloke gets to be chairman that means the beanfeast is on his territory. Thus a new village/palace/grand hotel is built for the beanfeast. This has been going on since Kwame Nkrumah in Ghana, when it was still called the Organisation for African Unity.
Corrupt and incompetent twats impoverish their people: this is hardly new in Africa.
What amuses is the problem this sort of thing gives to the likes of Ritchie and Nick Shaxson. If it\’s the governments themselves that are entirely shite, venal, grasping bastards, why campaign to make sure that they get more of everyone else\’s money?