A young lady had asked a question at a film screening viva at the British library London, about the late Afro beat legend titled ‘Findinding Fela’which I attended ’after several years since Fela sang about all these injustice...Is there really hope for Nigeria?’And one of the panellist by the name Dele Sosimi came to the rescue by simply reassuring with a smile ‘there is hope’.
And by Sosimi’s response I stand. THERE IS HOPE FOR NIGERIA and by extension the entire AFRICA.But hold on! What actually is responsible for the Africa ending the crisis and turmoil? Well for a fact we will all agree it is commonly famine, corruption, mismanagement, meaningless wars, diseases and political instability.
Now let us critically examined these challenges facing our continent one after another and aim to proffer solutions
FAMINE; hunger kills more people than AIDS and Ebola combined, currently there are in sub-Saharan Africa one in every four people or 23.2 percent of the population are hungry according to FAO reports.66 million primary school children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone as revealed by WFP, ‘Two Minutes to learn About School Meals 2012’.These are unarguably frightening statistics but truth be told this figures didn’t just come to be, but due to bad governmental policies across mother Africa! No modern agriculture technology being implemented, this idea of farming through the garden of Eden method, is not taking us nowhere, it is sad to know that a country as geographically small as Israel can conveniently cultivate the whole of Africa using modern technology with ease.
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African leaders must stop buying the IMF programmes; it just doesn’t work for us, period! Ask some of us growing up under the IBB military regime in Nigeria what SAP (structural adjustment programme) meant, its reality is better imagined. Bravo! Akon for daring to light up rural communities in Africa, these are the things we are talking about ,we need more good spirited people like this pop star to thinker and help us out of this sheer hunger, famine does not mean Ethiopia or Eritrea and neither is it Somalia. Its all artificially created ‘African problems’.
There is no gainsaying the obvious that our beautiful continent is still the most corrupt in the world, where today
Private jets is been freely bought like its beetle cars in a country like Nigeria for instance a supposed ‘giant of Africa ’a land flowing with milk and honey yet, most of its citizenry are living on less than 1 dollars a day. The oil rich Nigeria ironical situation is surely one of the biggest tragedies of the last 5 decades in the world. Recently Rt.Hon. Rotimi Amaechi said during his ministerial screening at the Nigerian senate that ’corruption is difficult to define ’what does he mean by that? And infamously erstwhile president Goodluck Jonathan had said openly that ’stealing is not corruption’ Can you imagine! Well it is not a big deal across Africa Jacob Zuma has four wives, and still hoping to marry the fifth all at state’s expense ,Africa I hail thee! No we just can’t continue this way.
We need strong anti-corruption laws across the continent that will prescribe not less than 20 years minimum prison term for corruption cases regardless of how much is stolen! I think this is the kind of role the AU should be strengthened to play, but sadly AU being a toothless bull dog is another matter entirely that requires another long analysis on its own.
Lastly as I will have to hang my anchor regarding this in- exhaustible issues, but before I close my jaw-jaw, here is another scary statistics that keeps Africa moving at a snail speed. It’s called the old age syndrome; the reason why tired but not retired great-grand fathers and mother in Africa especially like to cling unto or freshly acquire power at the twilight of their years is really hard to comprehend. Where is the energy, where is the figure for them to carry on? Me, personally I don’t know. Anyway let’s have cursory look at some of them.
JACOB ZUMA; South Africa is 73 years old, ALLASSANE OUTTARA is equally 73 he fought an herculean battle with deposed Laurent Gbagbo to get the power, he is currently standing for another election in his Ivory Coast.Peter Mutharika of Malawi is 74, while ‘mama Africa’ of African politics ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF of Liberia is 76.After being in opposition for so long ALPHA CONDE later realised his dream of ruling Guinea, he is 77 with no sign of slowing down. ABDELAZIZ BOUTEFLIKA of Algeria is 78, and his Camerounian counterpart long ruling PAUL BIYA of Cameroun is 82, and the oldest is highly controversial ROBERT MUGABE aged 91years.He recently celebrated his birthday by feasting villagers to elephants meals.
But amidst all these myriad of problems few seems to be making genuine efforts towards helping their people. Such are Mulatu Teshome of Ethiopia, Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Ian Khama of Botswana.
‘Darkness may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning’.Good day Africa! Let’s keep hope alive! God bless Africa.
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