Dear Africa, do we need the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to tell us to grow and work diligently to ensure food security and put to an end the perennial menace of food extreme hunger that continues to ravish our continent and exterminate our people amid arable soil, evergreen forests, and loads of potential rainfall?
Do we need the International Monetary Fund and World Bank to tell us or regulate how we govern our economies and how we spend or invest our resources? Do we need them to tell us about the economic dividends our countries are poised to benefit if we soundly invest our money into capital development projects like roads, ports, bridges, telecommunication, technology, aerodromes, and seaports? Do we need the imperialist Structural Adjustment Program (SAP) of the IMF that imposes upon us a high-interest burden?
Do we need the World Health Organization (WHO) to tell us about the significance of building and equipping hospitals and the training of specialized medical doctors to provide quality health care services to our people and ensure that our healthcare systems move from curity to resilience?
Do we need the Global North (America and Europe) and their institutions to lecture us about democracy, good governance, rule of law, civil liberties, and civilization and their attending values when civilization and academia began in Africa?
Africa, do we need UNESCO to tell us about the importance of education and the dire need to invest in building schools, prioritizing higher and quality education with updated and worldview curriculums, research centers with emphasis on science, maths, engineering, and technology?
Do we need Transparency International, Global Witness, and other global watchdog institutions to tell us the danger of public corruption and how to prevent it? Do we not know that corruption spurs extreme poverty, starving hunger, and stagnates a nation as we sadly see obtaining on our continent at the moment?
Do we need the United Nations to tell us about the relevance and corresponding incentives of peace, tranquillity, stability, and the need to treat our people with dignity, equality, and decency? And for African leaders to refrain from bad governance and other spelling excesses impeding the growth and advancement of the Continent?
Do we need institutions and individuals from other continents to blast our leaders to stop stealing our resources in the name of amassing wealth and subjecting the mass of our people to scorching socioeconomic misery?
Do we need strangers to tell us that our continent has huge potential to leapfrog ahead of the world if only we emphasize and insist on good governance, sound, transparent and accountable economic governing system as the ideological agenda for transformation?
Oh, Africa! When will African leaders find some shame and a modicum of esteem to end this age-old inferiority complex and the centuries of dependency syndrome (the begging mania)? This shameful spell, dissonance, and degeneracy have got to stop for once. When will the African people ever experience socioeconomic dignity in their lives amid the abundance of natural resources stockpiled in the belly of the African continent? Africa is blessed with so much to be wretchedly poor, begging and looking to others to decide how it conducts its affairs and what food its people eat and clothes they wear. Africa is so rich but can hardly produce its food, clothes, drugs, and the simple things of this world. Our soil is arable and we are blessed with an abundance of rainfall yet we import rice from Asia. When will this plague of degradation, dehumanization, subjugation, disdain, and despair end? I mean when will the circus of savagism and pendulum of trauma end on the African continent? My heart bleeds for my continent. Why is Africa made the object of shame and disgrace by its leaders? Why our continent is home to the world’s poorest people/in the face of abundance? What a paradox!
The struggling and unsuspecting masses of Africa are sick and tired of perpetually enduring such painful and unbearable nightmares brought upon the continent by the very leaders of Africa who are essentially concerned about their vested economic and parochial interests over the broader national interest and the socio-economic welfare of their people. African leaders have to stop being inferior, visionless, stupid, insensitive, irresponsible, greedy, roguish, and fundamentally lazy, and begin to lead wisely, intelligently, responsibly, transparently, and accountably. Africa is merely what it is because of bad governance, greed, and wickedness on the part of its rulers. Nothing more, nothing less! Disgraceful. Disgusting. Disconcerting. Demeaning. Inconceivable. psychosis.
Africa needs noble, patriotic, selfless, savvy, and progressive leaders, not the wretched of the continent who more often than not evolve out of crooked and deadly politics or poli-tricks and spring on to the stage as President, Prime Ministers, Senators, Representatives et others. Perhaps, it is time for African Revolutionaries to crusade to the front and take onto the mantle of national leadership in their respective countries, by all means, possible, for it is an irrefutable fact that politicians have markedly failed the continent and the current impoverished, appalling, mortifying, and disgusting state of Africa is vivid evidence of their (politicians) colossal failures. However, we acknowledge the strides made by a few African leaders who are bringing a bit of pride and dignity to their nations and admonish their counterparts to follow their good examples.
Africa can only rise with patriotic, ideological, and progressive sons and daughters at the helm—I mean or best and brightest at the helm or else, Africa will be riddled with conflicts, crisis, instabilities, war, coups et others, and continual misery remain the normal of Africa.
It is not Uhuru yet!
Writes Moncio Robert Wilmot Kpadeh (Sage)
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