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Africa: dazed and confused!

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(I’ll be ok with who sees this opinion differently from me. Well balanced people analyze information and sometimes disagree with each other.)

Coup in Mali, slavery in Mauritania, Kony the nightmare, Ngoy Mulunda the corrupted… What’s wrong with Africa being comfortable with living in the past?

Is Africa, through its leaders and intellectuals, not capable of delivering solutions to its own problems and of catching up to current level of development reached or being reached by other continents?

 Call to African elites

If you cannot anticipate troubles in your houses, or cannot take initiatives to translate rhetoric into palpable and organized actions, please refrain yourself from casting stones to opportunities taken by Westerners with means and hands-on qualifications to do so. On top of painting papers and walls with great words, please demonstrate not only sentimental but also logical and practical sense in proposing, crafting and delivering alternative fixes, and picking up requirement pieces and finalizing the puzzle.

To me, it looks like some people (many of our African intellectuals, activists, morality leaders, authorities) get over-irritated and/or embarrassed when Africa gets intervened.

  • Over-irritated to bark at the intervention caravan as it passes and settles next door with sound, light and effect.
  • Embarrassed to not be able or not be willing to do what’s being done or has been done by those who bring down or expose with success the likes of Gbagbo, Kadaffi, Kony, etc., all famous for having taken advantage of the minority culture (social compassion, let-it-go, tribal sentiment, ignorance) to hold back the evolution of a new generation of people and the integration of Africa into a World driven by the globalization of everything, anything.

2012.03.23 Kipela Rashidi (KIPRA) | New York, USA

Written by kipra

2012-03-23 à 12:26

Publié dans Comments, Dossiers, Opinions, Society

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  1. Yes mon vieux Daniel! Mentalities of corruption, and absence of integrity and discipline… those elements first hold us back. Imperialism has been applied everywhere around the World and has never been designed to hold countries from developing themselves. Culture (mentalities) and Africans are responsible for failing Africa!!!



    2012-03-23 at 15:24

  2. As far as I am concerned, Africans need to change their mentalities. We are so corrupt and easy to manipulate by the imperialists. We lack patriotism and integrity. We have yet to realize that the imperialists are using our political leaders, including our intellectuals to divide and conquer our people just as they did during slavery. I have seen and been with many Congolese intellectuals who fought for change and justice in RDC Congo, but when their time to govern came about, they completely forgot what they fought against and joined the enemies of our people. In doing so, they have become the worst enemies of our people


    Daniel Diakanwa

    2012-03-23 at 15:23

  3. Agree with u Giz… on reality that, again in my humble opinion, makes it look like something new or different from our own failure to assimilate and exploit, as do other people around the World (Brazil, India, China, Malaysia, etc.), the outside intervention I mentioned earlier. (By the way these people also embrace multinationals and are surviving with impressive results. Why? Complain and talk little, dream bigger and work harder).

    I think the problem here is not only being patriotic enough (being patriotic is trivial) but being responsible and showing real leadership.

    By LEADERSHIP, I mean the knowledge of making decisions (both good and bad) to get projected results that advance to something, of managing resources (people, budgets, infrastructures, etc.) to demonstrate an image of societal organization, usability, progress and personal satisfaction, and of embracing aids (who hasn’t?) not as a distorted neo-something but as an opportunity to regain what’s been taken and reclaim own dignity and place in a World that sees the African only as an extra (casting word for « figurant »).



    2012-03-23 at 15:07

  4. Dear Kipela, we definitely need to consider the role played by neocolonialism – and and even more damaging, the role of multinationals in internal politics – where African leaders, policies and politics in general are manufactured by the invisible hand. Far from making excuses for Africa’s and Africans’ failure to reinvent themselves and take control of their resources, reestablish their honour and reconnect with their values, we should always be mindful of this reality in our analysis. Unfortunately, too many Africans are willing and begging to be tokens of the system, which makes it easy to eliminate those leaders that are independent enough, patriotic enough to stand their ground. Ignorance, greed and extreme poverty are our worst ennemies.


    Gisele Bijimine

    2012-03-23 at 15:06

  5. I have said it before; We don’t have the managerial capacities requires to run a complex continent like ours. Said what is just happened in Mali…. Unnecessary, the elections were schedule for April 29th.


    Mabika Ilunga

    2012-03-23 at 15:02

Veuillez répondre. Merci.

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