Obamanomics and Francisconomics, is committed to combining the experience and life of two leaders, belonging to two different worlds but so similar in some respects with the current economy. The two terms, in fact, are two neologisms (like many others present in the text) coined by the author on the basis of Obama, Francis and their economy, to make the reader completely immersed in the underlying concept that the author wants to express. It makes us reflect on how effectively these two aspects of reality do not differ much from each other and how much the future and sustainability depend “on the ability and willingness of President Barack Obama and Pope Francis to produce more leaders than followers. These leaders are, in Obama’s words, the ‘relay race which is human progress’.”
Dr. Zekeh S. Gbotokuma is a globetrotter, polyglot (Ngbaka, Lingala, French, English, Italian, German, and some Spanish), Lexicographer, and a Congolese-American who refers to himself as a cosmocitizen. He earned a Doctorate in Philosophy from Gregorian University, a post-doctoral Diploma in International Studies from the Italian Society for International Organization, a BA in Theology from Pontifical Urban University, all in Rome, Italy. He also holds several Certificates (English as Foreign Language from St. Luke’s Priory, Wincanton, UK; Certificate in French from the Institut d’Etudes Françaises de Touraine, Tours, France; Certificate in German as Foreign Language, from Goethe Institute Boppard, Germany; and a Certificate in African Studies from Yale University. After twelve years of education and work in Europe, he is currently an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland (USA), and the founding President of Polyglots in Action for Diversity, Inc. (PAD). He is the former Director of the Center for Global Studies at MSU. His “extraordinary commitment to global learning and international understanding” made him the recipient of the prestigious Dr. Sandye Jean McIntyre, II International Award 2008. He is also one of Afrimpact Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People Awards 2017 and 2021 recipients. He is the author of numerous multilingual publications (written in English, French, Italian, and Lingala), including, among others, DEMOCRACY AND DEMOGRAPHICS IN THE USA: The Squad’s Roadmap to Transform the Blue Wave Into a Blue Tsunami in the 2020 Elections (Amazon Kindle, November 2020); A Polyglot Pocket Dictionary of Lingala, English, French, and Italian (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016 Global Safari: Checking In and Checking Out in Pursuit of World Wisdoms, the American Dream, and Cosmocitizenship (CSP, 2015); and A Pan-African Encyclopedia (Edwin Mellen Press, 2003).