Riva Levinsons’s Choosing the Hero: My Improbable Journey and the Rise of Africa’s First Woman President is a must read. Insightful, instructive and inspiring, Riva provides a front row seat and eye witness account of some of the most significant developments shaping Africa’s political landscape. Blended with stories of her own personal and professional development along the way, Riva’s journey is loaded with lessons in grit, naïveté, integrity and loyalty. For years, I’ve considered Riva either a great friend or a formidable foe depending on which side of an issue we found ourselves. But what I know for sure is that she is rare and authentic in her commitment to a continent in need of daring partners willing to untangle complexities and get tough things done. Bravo Riva!