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Africa leaders and Blackman’s poverty, the cry of a Ghanaian

As I ponder over the words of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah on the eve of the Independence of Ghana, “the black man is capable of managing his own affairs when given the opportunity”, I wonder the veracity or otherwise of this statement since after so many years of African liberation, the continent is still battling with poverty, high rate of graduate unemployment, political violence where some African leaders have ruled their country for several decades as if
Democracy is synonymous to Monarchical system of governance.

Isn’t it strange that, some political leaders want to pass on the leadership of their countries to their children just like in the case of monarchy? Is the black man really capable of managing his own affairs?

Africa remains a beautiful continent, a land with abundant natural resources, a land with awesome and intelligent people. A continent that has been blessed with all the resources required to transform its economy yet confronted with many woes and challenges.
What an irony!

Several literature has described Africa as a developing country, for how long will we continue to develop?

Other literature also describes Africa as a poor continent? Is Africa a poor continent? Undoubtedly, Africa cannot be poor and is never poor but perhaps Africans are poor.

Being blessed and endowed with precious and valuable resources such as gold, oil, bauxite, timber among others at our disposal. With the vast and fertile land that can aid in agricultural activities: the African continent still relies hugely on foreign market for agricultural produce.

The great African continent our forefathers brought forth is nowhere to be found.
On the contrary, why will Africans not be poor when we have sold our conscience and portray such greediness and selfishness in our daily lives? Why won’t Africans be poor when we see opportunities to serve our motherland as an opportunity to loot and enrich our families?

Africa is not poor but Africans are poor due to our negative attitudes.
Pointing accusing fingers on each other especially in our political circles has been the order of the day. Sadly, this trend has led us to nowhere but rather worsened our woes.

Isn’t it sad, that after several years of independence, we still blame our colonial rulers for our woes? I can only agree with this point if, our colonial rulers handed over to us political independence and took away or attitudinal independence which we have to fight for! If that is the case, then let us therefore continue to struggle for attitudinal independence as a means of addressing our woes.

Isn’t it sad and heart-breaking that, some people work for several years and still back date their date of birth in order to stay in public office after attaining the mandatory age of retirement?
Isn’t it more worrying that, Africans still defecate in our water bodies in this 21st Century?

Isn’t it crazy that, we litter around and build on water ways?
Isn’t it more disturbing that, we manufacture products and label them as foreign goods?
Probably, Africans are not poor materially but are highly indebted attitudinally.

Instead of always engaging in the blame game as to why Africans are poor in spite of our rich continent, let us take a retrospective look at our daily attitudes.

Imagine an Africa where there are no filth and dirt on the street resulting in malaria and other diseases. Imagine an Africa where people aspire for political office and other leadership positions to serve and not to be served. Imagine a corruption free Africa where resources are evenly and equitably distributed.

Imagine an Africa where jobs and promotions are given based on merits. Imagine an Africa where Europeans and Americans will have to struggle to get VISA to visit our continent to seek for greener pastures such as how we do.

One of the surest ways to turn this “Imaginary beautiful Africa” into reality is to change our attitudes. Positive attitudes will surely make Africans as rich as Africa. Let us not disappoint Kwame Nkrumah and other founding fathers of Africa for fighting hard for political freedom. Let generations to come remember us for fighting for attitudinal independence just as we remember our forefathers for fighting for political independence.

With positive attitudes, there is no doubt that, the words of Kwame Nkrumah, “the black man is capable of managing his own affairs” will be a reality and not a myth.
Kwame Ohene-Ntow
YALI DREAM
A BETTER GHANA
A BRIGHTER AFRICA.
Email: vincentntow12@gmail.com

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