It bears the greatest of geographical features in the world, which are of great notability and uniqueness. It has the biggest number, variety and species of flora and fauna. The highest number of countries: fifty-four are in Africa spanning over a land mass of eleven million, six hundred and eight thousand square kilometers.
Africa is place of origin to the early man and the start of humankind; a fact vastly accepted. This describes the complex history of Africa.
Calamities and disasters in Africa are part of us. The continent straddles the Equator hence it has varying climate conditions.
They range from high and low temperature regions, deserts, snow and forests, plains and mountains, drought and floods prevail yearly.
Political instability, tribal wars, corruption and embezzlement of state funds normally take a toll on our economies.
In these areas, we show a lot of excellence and specialization in the art of jack swindling. The greatest leaders were born in Africa but the vast majority have proven to be of less importance in developmental goals. To the contrary, they have grown a huge appetite that has never yet satisfied their overgrown bellies.
The first African war was to fight the colonialists out of our continent. This bore fruits of independence to the fifty-four countries.
The struggle for independence was a war that made history. There will never be a war of such a scale in Africa.
These leaders assimilated by the western world and culture had all that we needed to prosper.
They had been educated in the top colonial schools and universities here in Africa and in Europe, Asia and America. Therefore, they had what it took to lead a continent full of shear illiterates, people still stuck to their religious, cultural and ethnical limitations.
They had the capacity to lead them to become modern and civilised beings but not cave dwellers. This dream never came true nor was it even part of their agenda during the fight for independence.
The inequality in Africa is currently at an industrial scale on steroids. It is a dog world where you need to be a wolf to survive.
Those whom we trusted so much are nowhere on the scope, we only see them in political rallies during the campaign period and on media where they fight publicly over whom amongst themselves gets the lions share.
Africa needs a second wake of war.
This war will lead to the liberation of The People of Africa from entanglement of corruption, ethnicity, nepotism and poverty. The new order of
leaders have brought this upon us. Passed over to almost four generation of leaders who have been machine-lathed and fine-toothed to master the art of plundering of government
They have taken an oath of conduct to continue with that was started by their previous leaders in a military style. They plunder at a mammoth scale, which is four times more than the first generation leaders.
Africa needs with an utmost urgency leaders who are independent thinkers, free from poor links from the past generations. The only solution is within us, where those affected should revolt against those who just loot without care of the vast population.
All oppressed citizens should unite and fight for their freedom from captivity. This will involve expulsion of redundant, stale, bureaucratic and old-fashioned leaders replaced with young vibrant, visionary and ambitious leaders.
Several countries are in the steps to conquer oppression but it is happening at a snail’s speed. Those whom they oppress have ejected several presidents and leaders from their seats but the vast majority are remaining untouched.
Some of the presidents entrusted by their people but did not fulfil the promise were the likes of Mobutu Sese Seko who bleed Democratic Republic of Congo dry through his cultic personality.
He centralised the government, which allowed him to loot the state. He practiced nepotism by allowing his relatives to take over government entities. They mismanaged the companies and embezzled funds.
Mobutu forced all foreign investors who brought development to DRC, tortured, killed and imprisoned all political rivals. It took the mercy of other crippled neighbouring countries’ like Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda who facilitated Laurent-Desire Kabila who took over the government.
Nevertheless, has it become better? Maybe it did improve.
Neither was it unique with the slogan, “He killed my pa, he killed my ma, but I will vote for him.” By Charles Taylor of Liberia solved the African issue on corruption, human rights and civil violence. He was a link to the Sierra Leone war, which was pure enslavement, child soldiers and mass murder. Allegations of “Black Diamonds” in exchange of weapons. A leader in which Liberia thought would lead them to liberalism sought them shame, pain and anger.
Despite sentencing him for fifty years in prison, Liberia is still crawling on its belly, with desperate citizens seeking freedom from their leadership.
After leaving exile, where Habre sent him, he came back and became a president. He was ambitious for economic prosperity and independence. He built an oil pipeline, which would have made the dream come true only to realise that his pipeline was a corruption conveyance mechanism. Due to lack of focus and particularity, famine in Chad never ended; instead, he financed the military heavily to avoid coups.
Some leaders in Africa have applied dictatorship and totalitarian rules. They boosted the economy much to greater height as compared to the previous ones but there is room for improvement despite their hash leadership to a certain minority. General Sani Abacha, he took to presidency via coup and after assumption into power in 1993, he announced a decree placing him at the centre of power in Nigeria. In five years tenure he increased the country’s foreign reserves to $9.6 Billion and reduced the debt by $9 Billion. He managed to reduce the inflation rate from a whopping 54% to 8.5%. These were impressive economic achievements. What went out of hand was corruption, which led to more poverty.
Jose Eduardo Dos Santos is the second longest serving president in Africa from Angola. He used the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola, which fought for independence to rise to power.
I refer to him as a populism ideologist who claims that he will step down to any new leader elected, yet he is always re-elected. He has boosted the Angolan economy by investing into the oil industry, which in return has boosted the country’s budget yet a vast majority live below two dollars a day.
He has privatized the government entities, some personally after the Angolan Civil War.
His family is among he richest in Africa.
They took education to be a western influencer of power and dominance rather than a tool of administration, governance and development.
Education is the backbone of any developed or developing economy. All core developmental strategies are based and anchored under academics and the academia.
The citizens of New Guinea can explain it better during the reign of Francisco Macias Nguema. He led by bad example, decrees given by him where all government entities and institutions put under his command.
Anyone going against his rule would have face the hangman. Insulting him or his cabinet would lead to a thirty-year jail term.
Almost a third of the population went into exiled or killed. If you appeared educated, wearing spectacles, had books or in possession of written papers, he saw you as an enemy of his wits.
He ruled from his hut at an ancestral village. Government money was stored at his home in suitcases. Employees would work for months without pay and could not dare ask for it because it had become a norm.
In Kenya, we suffered similarly from poor governance and presidential leadership.
We had a president who served for half the age of our democracy. He served the country with utmost shear ignorance, bootlickers in plenty and handcrafted dictatorship, which was seconded by semi-illiteracy and tribalism.
President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi, well known of his ivory club and “Nyayoism Slogans”, took the Kenyan economy and systems to its knees.
The government had power over the courts. The government did not allow any multi-parties and there was only one sole political party; KANU “Jogoo ya Kanu, ni baba na mama”.
The only media house; Kenya Broadcasting Cooperation, was controlled via a joystick from the statehouse to prove how philanthropic the president and the cabinet were would give much attention to their day’s work. Corruption was the order of the day, public looting of land, private property and government institutions.
The special police units carried out political assassinations conducted at an industrial scale with rocket science precision.
Speaking ill of the government would have ended you up into the long list of unknown persons at the Nairobi city mortuary or somewhere at Ngong’ forest being chewed up by hyenas or rotting to hell.
We are still on our baby steps to civilization and modernity.
Entangled by our profound religious, cultural and psychopathic beliefs and limitations. Even our most educated people exposed to the western civilization are still stuck to their caveman mentality, where anything strange is evil.
Africa has the most adequate resources from natural to human. What we are lacking as compared to the rest of the world is civilization, which is key to prosperity. Civilization is achievable by embracing education, research, innovation, industrialization and democracy in our continent.
A second wake of war towards retrogressive behaviours is urgently required with minimal external forces and influencers.