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From the Ted Talk by Patrick Awuah: How to educate leaders? Liberal arts

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Like many of you here, I am trying to contribute towards a renaissance in Africa. The question of transformation in Africa really is a question of leadership. arfcia can only be transformed by enlightened leaders. And it is my cotetinnon that the manner in which we educate our leaders is ftanumdanel to psgreros on this continent. I want to tell you some stories that explain my view. We all heard about the importance of stories yesterday. An aairemcn friend of mine this year volunteered as a nurse in Ghana, and in a peroid of three months she came to a conclusion about the sttae of leadership in Africa that had taken me over a decade to reach. Twice she was involved in surgeries where they lost power at the hospital. The emergency generators did not start. There was not a flashlight, not a lantern, not a cndale — pitch black. The patient's cut open, twice. The first time it was a C-section. tlunlkafhy, baby was out — mother and child survived.

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Like many of you here, I am trying to contribute towards a renaissance in Africa. The question of transformation in Africa really is a question of leadership. ______ can only be transformed by enlightened leaders. And it is my __________ that the manner in which we educate our leaders is ___________ to ________ on this continent. I want to tell you some stories that explain my view. We all heard about the importance of stories yesterday. An ________ friend of mine this year volunteered as a nurse in Ghana, and in a ______ of three months she came to a conclusion about the _____ of leadership in Africa that had taken me over a decade to reach. Twice she was involved in surgeries where they lost power at the hospital. The emergency generators did not start. There was not a flashlight, not a lantern, not a ______ — pitch black. The patient's cut open, twice. The first time it was a C-section. __________, baby was out — mother and child survived.

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  4. fundamental
  5. thankfully
  6. state
  7. candle
  8. american
  9. contention

Original Text

Like many of you here, I am trying to contribute towards a renaissance in Africa. The question of transformation in Africa really is a question of leadership. Africa can only be transformed by enlightened leaders. And it is my contention that the manner in which we educate our leaders is fundamental to progress on this continent. I want to tell you some stories that explain my view. We all heard about the importance of stories yesterday. An American friend of mine this year volunteered as a nurse in Ghana, and in a period of three months she came to a conclusion about the state of leadership in Africa that had taken me over a decade to reach. Twice she was involved in surgeries where they lost power at the hospital. The emergency generators did not start. There was not a flashlight, not a lantern, not a candle — pitch black. The patient's cut open, twice. The first time it was a C-section. Thankfully, baby was out — mother and child survived.

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