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THE LAST PAN AFRICANIST STANDING – Robert Mugabe

Robert Mugabe

Contrary to the stiff opposition to his ideas and autocratic ways of ruling, Robert Mugabe is a true example of leaders we need in Africa. Born on the 21st February 1924, Robert Gabriel Mugabe is a Zimbabwean revolutionary and politician. He was the leader of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 2017. 

Amidst various international sanction, Robert Mugabe has proven that beyond all reasonable doubt the Blackman as said by Dr.  Kwame Nkrumah is capable of managing his own affairs.
As radical as this may sound; the average African has proven that the only way to move our continent forward is through autocratic rule and dictatorship. If not, why do people still today chastise Nkrumah for having rushed our “Independence”.

So the question is, what do Africans want?
Democracy for corruption? Or Autocracy sanity and equity in governance?
It is sad to see African leaders having misconstrued democracy for corruption and autocracy for oppression.

I know only few will side with me on my disposition yet as bitter as it may sound it the panacea for our Africa today which has been infiltrated by imperialism leaving the average African government a puppet from the west.

For how long are we going to depend on the west? For how long will we continue to lick our wounds of poverty, disease, civil war? Perhaps, the Blackman has short-term memory.

The remnants of Libya is evident of Western infiltration and it’s advert effects. Libya has never been the same. Who said the white man is a god to the black?

It is high time we took the blindfold off and see what imperialism is doing to our continent.

(By Awedogba David from Ghana.)

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AFRICAN IDENTITY

African identity

I am someone who believes in Africa. I also believe that Africans have their destiny in their hands.

We have what it takes to be a great continent, to create our own industries, our own technology, and innovation. We do not have to wait for someone from another planet to come and solve our problems.

There are however a lot of things hindering the progress of Africans. One of such is identity.

Identity according to dictionary.com is condition or character as to who a person or what a thing is; the qualities, beliefs, etc., that distinguish or identify a person or thing:

Identity is the key to Greatness and Africans have run away from this fundamental key to greatness.

We need Africans to identify themselves as Africans.  Being African is not only being born in this lovely continent but also identifying the problems in Africa and contributing your quota to solving these problems.

Identifying yourself as an African also involves unlocking potentials, being proud of your environment, appreciating your skin colour, your dialects, accents, and culture, and promoting your African content.

I belong to a generation who think they are cursed because they are Africans. They bleach their skin, copy foreign culture and style and promote foreign content. They seek to do everything possible to be foreign.

We suffer an identity crisis when we think that the Western or foreign culture is better than ours, but the truth is that the more we try to do so the more we make them superior and the more the gap between us and them is widened and the more we suffer from inferiority complex.

The gap is only narrowed by coming down to self-reflections, looking at your lineage, personal life, family, society, country, and continent. This will open a new understanding of our identity and you will realise that you have more to solve, endowed with resources, full of potential and that you can make this continent great. You too can leave a mark on this continent, you have the new technology Africa has been longing for to solve droughts, water problems, electricity, peace, health and etc but it is only when you are a proudly African.

I strongly advise that you listen to African music, watch African content, promote African celebs and support anything African because these speak your language, your struggles, your hope and celebrate your success. With

When we are proud of our identity, we can make our continent great.

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Can There Be an End to Human Trafficking in Africa?

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The World Day Against Trafficking in Persons was celebrated not so long ago in a bid to raise awareness on the situation of human trafficking victims as well as the promotion and protection of their rights.

According to the United Nations, human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex. The International Labour Organization estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labour globally and this estimate includes victims of human trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation.

Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit, or destination for victims. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, children make up almost a third of all human trafficking victims worldwide. The report also adds that women and girls comprise 71 per cent of human trafficking victims.

Human traffickers prey on the most desperate and vulnerable. To end this inhumane practice, we must do more to shield migrants and refugees — and particularly young people, women and children — from those who would exploit their yearnings for a better, safer and more dignified future.

Another report by the International Labour Organization estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labour globally.

According to a 2017 report released by the United States on Trafficking in Persons – released in June. The report listed 13 African countries as among the 23 worst offenders for human trafficking.  Among the worst African offenders were Burundi, Central African Republic, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, South Sudan and Sudan.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) recently warned that the sexual exploitation of African migrants in Europe has reached disturbing levels.

“Over the past three years, IOM Italy has seen an almost 600 per cent increase in the number of potential sex trafficking victims arriving in Italy by sea. This upward trend has continued during the first six months of 2017, with most victims arriving from Nigeria,” the report said.

Sadly, children make up almost a third of all human trafficking victims worldwide, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Global Report on Trafficking in Persons with women and girls comprising 71 per cent of human trafficking victims in multi-billion dollar global enterprise.

It is important therefore that we combat human trafficking by not only improving the state of our economies which have given rise to this ill but also making efforts to bring culprits to book. We also need to  empower women and girls to be able to tell the difference between genuine opportunities and traffickers as there is a very thin line between these two.

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A Mobile App for African Students

Joseph Kebbie

Africans are making a huge difference. Today we celebrate Joseph Jawah Kebbie from Sierra Leone.

He built a new mobile app that is making headlines, his app is created to help the education system in West Africa. Joseph is among Africans making positive impact in his community.

Joseph Kebbie innovative app, is created to help improve the education of students in West Africa study for a pre-university exam called the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

‘Last year when I returned home from my exchange year in the U.S., I had a few conversations with my friends. I shared stories with them about my experiences in the U.S. and the things I missed while I was away. Some of my friends, who I knew had the potential to go to college, did not have any plans to pursue higher education. Why? Because they couldn’t pass the regional pre-university exam, called the WASSCE. This is an exam taken by students in Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia, and Liberia before entering college or a university in any of these countries. Through research, I discovered that the high rate of WASSCE failures could be attributed to students’ inability to finish the syllabus before the allotted time,’ Joseph said.

 With this new development, students in West Africa can have access to this new app via this link below:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.josephjawahkebbie.wasscesyllabus&hl=en

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AFRICA AND THE HOPE FOR A BETTER FUTURE

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Nelson Mandela, “It is the task of a new generation to lead and take responsibility…..”

Various research on the most endowed continent in the world, in terms of natural resources have revealed that Africa is second to none in terms of resources and cultural heritages. Resources in Africa include diamond, salt, gold, Iron, Cobalt, Uranium, copper, bauxite, silver and petroleum as well as woods and tropical fruits all of which are of high economic value. Much of these natural resources are untapped and the ones being harnessed are poorly managed.

Reports have revealed that Nigeria is the 7th largest producer of petroleum in the world, and 1st in Africa. Nigeria has the 2nd largest gas reserve in the world, and the second largest bitumen reserve in the world. The geo-strategic position of Africa alone can turn around her economic fortune.

Most advanced countries of the world don’t have one-tenth of what Africa has, yet they meet the basic social needs of their citizens. They even plan for their unborn generations. Malaysia for instance got her main economic base from Nigeria over a century ago, and Malaysia is now an Asian tiger in terms of economic growth. Africa is the origin of modern civilization yet the incivility of our leaders to the demand of Africans is worrisome.

All of the aforementioned raises questions such as: why is Africa backward among other continents in the world? Is it because we are black in color or is it because of our geo-physical location?

No! Africa is not backward because of skin colour or geographical location. The main problem faced by Africa is leadership.

The self-centeredness and sit-tight mentality of African leaders is one of the greatest factors that have brought African economies into disarray because most of them lack the conceptual architecture of governance to blend with the modern global trend. The corrupt act of African leaders has made other continents see Africans as criminals. Africa is thus seen as a continent where corruption is regarded as the “fourth arm of government.” The Corruption Policy Index places a lot of African countries on a high corruption index.

In order to redefine and reposition Africa, all Africans have a role to play. The youths in fact have a greater role to play. They need to see themselves as leaders from today and play a huge role in this effort. Failure to put the right efforts in place and invest in the youth means that the hope of Africa would be dashed, and our future would be jeopardized.

It is therefore important to train the young generation on the need for effective and responsible leadership. According to Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, a renowned Nigerian cleric and an advocate of social change, “without effective leadership and good governance at all levels, public, private, and civil organizations, it is absolutely impossible to achieve goals, sustain quality and deliver first class services. The increasing complexities and requirement arising from constant change in the society, coupled with constant push for higher levels of productivity requires effective and ethical leadership”.

Nelson Mandela also said that “the quality of change in our society will greatly depend upon the quality of leadership that is exercised in various sectors and activities of our communities, organizations and public life. Once Africa gets it right in the area of leadership, the political economy, security and welfare of the citizens would be in the right shape.

All hands must be on deck to train the younger generations, both on leadership and ethics, in order to have a rebranded African continent. The youth of today are the hope for tomorrow.

God bless Africa!

 

 

 

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IT’S TIME FOR THE YOUTHS TO TAKE LEADERSHIP IN AFRICA

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“Our youth are not failing the system; the system is failing the youth. Ironically, the very youth who are being treated the worst are the young people who are going to lead us out of our nightmare” – Rachel Jackson

Africa needs a fresh political atmosphere, as against the inefficient, unproductive and unenthusiastic climate of leadership we are experiencing today. Africa has the oldest set of political leaders, compared to the other continents, and this has affected the socioeconomic growth of our continent greatly.

Across the world, leadership thinking has shifted from the erroneous belief that experience, age, and maturity were the dynamics that led to modern and innovative systems. Most countries of the world are diverting significant resources toward securing the future of their countries – by preparing the younger generations for responsible and productive leadership in politics, business, technology and other areas for sustaining democracy. Unfortunately, the reverse is the case in Africa, and Nigeria in particular.

Over the years, the Western world has been grooming young, vibrant, innovative and productive leaders. The young Western leaders continue to inspire more young leaders around the world. For example, the role of former American President, Barrack Obama, cannot be underestimated in the emergence of Emmanuel Marco of France.

The biggest challenge to the achievement of meaningful and sustainable political leadership in Africa and Nigeria, without doubt, was predicated on the belief that age and experience were the biggest prerequisites for leadership. That notion had its root in how African societies had maintained themselves, by recognizing the older members of “the family” as the leaders. That arrangement has regressed African society for so long. ‘The child that is not allowed to try out new things cannot learn new things.’

The erroneous belief that only the older generations should have the rights and privileges to political leadership has caused Africa to lose the fresh and dynamic opportunities that the younger generations brought to the leadership podium. The older generations continue to recycle themselves in leadership positions as a result of greed, self- service, and sit-tight mentality. The mediocrity sustained by the older generations continues to create unproductively in our socioeconomic life as a people.

Given the global shifts and trends at this material time, development is dependent on innovative leadership and technology. There is need for change in the leadership environment in Nigeria and across Africa. Most African presidents are in their 60s, above 70s, and some are even above 90 years of age! The same can also be said about the members of their cabinet. With the aforementioned leadership based on age, how do we expect productivity in Africa? Most of the older leaders have lost the strength and vigor needed to manage the new age economies and the intellectual capability to manage scarce resources.

President Barack Obama was young when he took over governance in America. It was the same with David Cameroon, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Both of the leaders performed brilliantly and turned around the socioeconomic lives of their countries respectively. The Canadian Prime Minister, Justine Trudeau and the newly sworn in French President Emmanuel Macron are good examples of how the younger generations can lead their countries successfully. Indeed, leadership is changing across the world!

It is disheartening that Nigeria’s and Africa’s fresh human resources, many of whom are leading lights in their respective professions, are being crippled by  lack of visionary, vigorous, enthusiastic and progressive minded leaders. No wonder Prof. Eghosa Osagahe, Vice Chancellor of Igbinedion University and a Political Science scholar once said that Nigeria was a “crippled giant.” One could say the same about the African continent.

The era of political leadership based on the erroneous ‘age system’ is over. It is time for the younger generations to take the lead in our social, political, and economic life. The youth have the strength and number to wrestle and revive the tempo of leadership in Africa. The youth dominate the entire African population – we can use that to our advantage, because politics is a game of number.

The past and the current political leaders have used the youth in time of politics and politicking. After achieving their objective, the older generations turned the younger generations to objects that lacked value. The youth at this time need  to strategically take over governance from the ‘political vampires’ and redefine the destiny of Africa. We have to reject the worthless gifts given to us by the older generations and wrestle power from the old, self-centered, and unproductive leaders, who have brought misfortune to Africa.

We need the brilliant young minds with Integrity and unquestionable records to take over leadership in Africa.

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