Amid growing concerns of continued decline in the African Continent and the way propaganda machines have been strategically employed to protect the image of the men and women at the helm of the entire continent, I have penned this letter begging The African President to stop selling us off like fish at a market place.
“Life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement, regardless of social class or circumstances of birth,” that’s according to James Truslow Adam’s definition of the American Dream. Perhaps this can be the founding principle of a democratic society, but I would like to bring this realisation to your attention Mr President, “An African Child (A larger Percentage) can only dream about not spending the day hungry and at least gaining a formal education.
I once had a dream, like a million other African children. Political promises gave me hope for a better tomorrow, I bought into the rhetoric so hard I pushed myself to at least acquire an education as I saw it as a way out of poverty. At this point I won’t even mention the kind of dreams my parents had for me, because by all standards, I feel I may have let them down. Sending me and my siblings to school was more than a sacrifice, it was an investment which I owe for the rest of my life; for that I can never stop paying Black Tax.
Now, Mr President I think let me explore a few developments, there is a generation that fought all forms of colonization and racial segregations of the past, in all fairness we celebrate these gallant sons and daughters of the land for their bravery and selfless acts.
Wars were won. Economies were handed over (they are still getting handed over), it was supposed to be a new beginning, it was an opportunity for us to shape our destiny and also learn from other successful development models and grow our bases so that we didn’t have to beg and with an overwhelming human resources capital at our disposal we would have realised some success by now.
Today, the African nations (54 countries) with over a billion people as a whole have a collective gross domestic product (GDP) that is lesser than that of France, a European country with a population of 67 million. This statistic is quite disturbing because Africa is home to untold wealth and unique traditions. An African child is faced with a precarious journey, surviving child birth, nutrition and food, scourges such as HIV/AIDS and Malaria (There are a lot of them), getting an education and child labor.
The struggle is real for an African, while our leaders are living in opulence. In Swaziland, King Muswati can afford to stop all production just to celebrate his state funded birthday where he is presented with an opportunity to choose a young maiden as his new wife (Topic for another day). In South Africa, various commissions are formed to investigate corruption spending millions in Rands in legal fees on cases that seem to have no end. Zambia has been effectively sold to the Chinese (Not too long before the rest of Africa follows suite). In Zimbabwe a fortune was spent in making sure the Ruling party returned power amid an acute shortage of basic services, it is not surprising they are failing to effectively deal with a Cholera outbreak that has hit the Capital Harare.
We have serious problems, unemployment is affecting our communities, and crime has reached astronomic levels. We shall not talk about the killings of civilians in the DRC, slave trade in Lybia and violence in Cameroon.
The infrastructure we currently have is in need of a bit of gentrification and so is our general approach to nation building and character. Being honest will go a long way in inspiring citizens to participate in the building of our nation. Our policies to business and land ownership need to be refined to benefit everyone, not just a connected few.
Perhaps, all our efforts in addressing our problems are not being effectively addressed; let’s look at the ever-growing debt to the East which comes in the much celebrated propagandist headlines about investments and mega deals.
Give us a breakdown of what you are signing us up for before sending your PR team to praise your ability to secure such loans and investments.
Please help me explain this to our unemployed youths as I try to inspire them not to give up hope.
We will talk about greed and issues around poor business decisions from your part. In the meantime, Mr African President, please do not sell our Africa.