"Leadership is key to good governance and development. Yet, it is the absence of good leadership that has characterized governance on the continent. For too long the African narrative has been a dysfunctional one: neocolonialism, underdevelopment, and poverty and aid dependency. A turn away from this can partially be achieved through foresighted leadership that is up to the task of mitigating known and yet unknown global challenges. This can be done through a sense of purpose, a roadmap with the aspirations of the people in mind. We draw three key lessons from Mandela’s leadership style. First, Africa needs visionary leaders who are committed to socio-economic and political transformation. Secondly, African leadership needs to be redefined in a way that can change the current narratives and lay the foundation for real renaissance. Finally, leadership that seeks to earn the trust and confidence of the society which strengthen the social contract."