AFRICA NOW

African urban centre in the 21st century.

Today, Africans on the Continent of Africa, living within the fifty-five nation states, are all totally independent and free. There are no chains on their feet, hands, or necks. No external government, state, or private regimes, have any legal rights or claims to Africa – land, or people.

It is the developed and over-developed nation states, that are dependant on Africa’s natural resources, for their economic well-being, that impose the greatest external dangers. In some areas, their survival is locked into what is required from the African Continent. Desperately so, in extreme cases, they are prepared to engage in covert or overt warfare, to secure their needs.

We must boil our water from the tap, before drinking it.

POLITICS IN AFRICA

All African leaders, especially the leagues of professional politicians, must know and accept this fact. The past six hundred years of destruction, eradication, and arrested development cannot be corrected or fixed after sixty years in independence, civil unrest, coup d’etat, displacement of populations in the millions.

There is no catching up to the advancing developed world anytime soon, or at a near future date. Neither is there any benefits with careless comparisons with China. Whose Imperial Regimes battled for many centuries to achieve unity. Started in 1966, Chairman Mao Zedong initiated the New Social and Cultural Revolution, establishing the model for modern China. Who are now reaping the benefits of that new order.

Much can be learnt from that era, Chairman Mao leadership advanced literacy, provided basic healthcare nationwide, primary education for free, improved life expectancy, and much more. But China’s progress can never be a model for Africans to copy. The continent’s severe situation and circumstances are uniquely different and complex, no form of adoption will be able to work in Africa. The continent must search and find solution, utilising its own unique ways towards sustained progress.

We The People Demand Change, Now!

HUMAN RESOURCES

However, the ultimate resource of any nation are its people. It is the lack in this area, that the biggest failures in Africa are clearly visible. There are vast amounts of data available, centred on the cause of prolonged poverty in Africa. But data and information are not knowledge. The good you do with the collected information, is where the benefits begin. 

Africans remain poor for several reasons, the main ones are with the political leaders’ lack of vision, with an external focus away from securing the basic human needs for every single individual in the communities they serve – Food, Clothes, and Shelter first, then all things after, including clean water and good health services.

Individuals, deprived of the ability to achieve the basics of domestic security, this form of poverty is maintained by the huge numbers of corrupt professional politicians in office throughout Africa.

Slaves to Sin, working in the Shadows.

CULTURES OF CORRUPTION

The cultures of corruption in Africa are vast and widespread, becoming the norm of everyday life. Too many to discuss here, a brief focus on a few of the core activities maintaining abject poverty on the continent, will allow you to see the bigger picture.

Most of the population in all Nation States will confess, corrupt groups of people abuse the political offices of power. Using public offices for private and personal gain.

Foreign aid is not a gift, it allows outside agencies to dictate what goes on inside the country. Aid in Africa do not go to, or help the people with the most needs. Many professional political leaders are rarely willing to leave office and go, regardless of the voters’ decision. They assume the position of power for as long as they are alive. Those notes above, are just a few reasons for instability and wars in many African countries.

The rapid growth of borrowing and foreign debt incurred, without clear actions for income generation, that will allow the state to earn foreign currency, to service and repay the loans, cripples the economy of many African countries. The lack of accountability, allow political leaders not to fear the consequences of their deviant actions and covert behaviour.  

A film of Political Metaphors adapted from Bizarre Social Realities.

Nepotism – the common practice where the family and close friends of the political leaders, reap all the benefits of their time in office. While doing very little or nothing, to support the general welfare and needs of the public population.

Tribalism – acute connections with loyalty to a tribal identity and ethnic group. Offering little regard to the national agenda, continental ambitions of government, nor popular public opinions of civic societies. Stability of state and government assist to achieve sustainable benefits, and long- lasting progress of the nation. In the modern world, tribalism is dead. Good governance rule, on behalf of everyone in their domain.  

Illiteracy – the lack of good education throughout the fifty- five countries of Africa, make it difficult for individuals and nation to progress as a matter of urgency. No nation can make steady progress without a literate majority.

Unemployment – there are limited large manufacturing companies or industries, offering work to a young and growing population. lack of job opportunities sustains demotivation, and highlight the sense of hopelessness. In desperation, many flee, fuelling the crisis of refugees, worldwide.

Health & Social Welfare – the needs in this area are vast and complex. The lack of good health care and range of facilities needed, across the whole continent are staggering. This is also linked to poor infrastructure, lack of roads, especially in the rural areas, where most of the population live. Lack of clean drinking water and poor sanitation are major problems. 

Questions ?

How do the small number of caring political leaders, persuade well meaning civil servants, working on behalf of the whole nation. To practice high levels of self-discipline, integrity, morality, and basic honesty? This is the question that needs immediate attention and action, before any change regarding poverty, will be seen in Africa for the betterment of its people. 

Race, Religion and Politics, in Bed with Factious Deceptions.

UNITED AFRICA ?

There are countries on the Northern and Eastern Coast of Africa, that are members of the Arab league, a political organisation of integration and joint military force. These countries are Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Mauritania, Comoros, Djibouti, and Somalia. Predominantly Islamic nations, how they relate to the agenda and organisation of the AU – African Union, with its headquarters in Addis Abba, is interesting to read.

On the huge continent, there are now over one billion people living there. Regional unification has started in some areas, but total Unity of Africa is far away, it will be a long wait before it eventually arrives. It is easy to see and understand why it is like that:  To begin, there are over three thousand different ethnic – tribal groups, speaking over two thousand languages, the majority using the Greek-Roman alphabet, A to Z. All maintaining and defending their traditional cultures, and way of life.

Fragmented, location of the Major Ethnic – Tribal Groups.

Understanding the essential needs for it, the idea of unity is in the mind-set of the individual, the mentality, psyche, and psychological make-up. Through rational thinking and heightened awareness, we evolve.

As one example, to remove an individual centred and locked into an African tribal identity. Into a person that can let go and embrace the values of nationality, and then go further, to see and accept the ideas and perspectives of the whole African continent, is no easy task.

Yet, if national and continental unity is truly the goal, then every progressive political leader, must be of the mind-set beyond the limits of tribe and ethnicity, to achieve any form of sustained progress.

Political leaders must fulfil the needs and demands of the populations they serve, and the responsibilities they have agreed to carry out. In the new world order of inter-dependency between nations, diplomatic relationship, integrity, respect, and understanding are paramount. Zero tolerance now, faking it will no longer be tolerated. African Postwoman.