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Free Africa Foundation president speaks, Dec. 13

George Ayittey, president of the Free Africa Foundation, will lecture on "Africa Unchained" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, in 16 Robertson Hall.

The Washington, D.C.-based foundation was formed to help empower Africans to devise solutions to the continent's problems.

A native of Ghana, Ayittey also is a Distinguished Economist in Residence at American University and the author of "Africa Unchained: The Blueprint for Africa's Future." The book, published this year, focuses on how Africa can modernize, build and improve its institutions through expansion of the country's traditions of free markets and free trade.

Ayittey also has written "Indigenous African Institutions"; "Africa Betrayed,” which won the 1993 H.L. Mencken Award for Best Book for 1992; "The Blueprint For Ghana's Economic Recovery"; and "Africa In Chaos." He has testified several times before U.S. Congressional committees about the Third World debt crisis, foreign aid to Africa and apartheid in South Africa.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

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