Successive structural adjustment programmes are rending the fabric of African society … The preference for foreign experts, foreign models, standards and goods is a consequence of Africa’s imitative modernism and constitutes a barrier to experimentation, innovation and self-reliant development. But not all aspects of Africa’s cultural milieu are negative and problematic. There are many that are positive and could be exploited successfully for development. Examples are the implications of African perceptions of human beings as the fulcrum of development, extended family for the cooperative spirit of self-help development and traditional sanctions on leadership.