Stephen Jennings on Building New Cities

Conversations with Tyler | 1 November 2023 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Stephen Jennings about developing new urban landscapes across Africa, why he’s optimistic about Kenya in particular, why so many African cities appear to have low agglomeration externalities, how Tatu City regulates cars and designs for transportation, how his experience as reformer and privatizer informed the way utilities are provided, what will set the city apart aesthetically, why talent is the biggest constraint he faces, how Nairobi should fix its traffic problems, what variable best tracks Kenyan unity, what the country should do to boost agricultural productivity, the economic prospects for New Zealand, how playing rugby influenced his approach to the world, how living in Kenya has changed him, what he will learn next, and more.

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The Men Who Stole Africa

“Wake” with Luke Vargas | 2 May 2019 | 0h 26m | Listen Later | Spotify

Interview with Paul Kenyon about his book Dictatorland: The Men Who Stole Africa. Discusses the greed, corruption, and violence of some of Africa’s less savoury leaders and what their habits can teach us.

I sought this out after reading Matt Lakeman’s Notes on Nigeria.

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The Cosmography and Geography of Africa

The Book Club | 17 May 2023 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Anthony Ossa-Richardson and Richard J Oosterhoff about their translation of Leo Africanus’s The Cosmography and Geography of Africa. Part travel guide, part natural history, part-memoir, part history book, it dominated the Western understanding of that continent for hundreds of years. Discusses the book, which was the first to introduce Africa to the people of Western Europe; its tangled manuscript history; its mysterious author; and what it gets wrong about giraffes.

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Into Africa featuring Sean Pawley

Conservative Curious | 12 December 2020 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sean Pawley, a young American who founded Seshat Bank, a bank in Rwanda. Discusses Rwanda’s long-term vision of being the “Singapore of Africa,” China’s influence on the African continent, and why he thinks there are big opportunities for investors in Africa.

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Land of Tears, or, the Exploitation of the Congo

Historically Thinking | 26 February 2020 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Robert Harms about his book Land of Tears: The Exploration and Exploitation of Equatorial Africa. Discusses the exploration and geography of the Congo and the history of the exploitation and trade of ivory, rubber and slaves.

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West Africa before the Europeans

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 16 February 2020 | 0h 26m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Toby Green about his book A Fistful of Shells, which surveys the history of West Africa and West-Central Africa before the slave trade, and the effect the arrival of Europeans had on those societies. Explains how integrated the region was into the global economy, the impact of the slave trade on West Africa itself and how it turned the ruling elites against their populations which they now saw as fodder for slave traders.

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George Rzepecki – Investing in Africa

Invest Like the Best | 5 November 2019 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with George Rzepecki, founder and managing partner of Raba, an Africa-focused investor in early-stage companies. Discusses the opportunities, risk and rewards of investing in Africa.

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