I have this uncle in the US of A, who always says he has no future in Nigeria and hasn't been to Nigeria in over 5 years. He has vowed never to move back to Nigeria but went for a visit few weeks ago. A family friend of our family has a bother that won an election in the past election held in Nigeria. My uncle, who has never visited this family friend before, went to spend an entire weekend in the family friend's house. Now he is talking about going to Nigeria for a while at the end of this summer. This has lead me to ask myself a question, where do we stand today as Africans?
Africa is the most blessed continent in the world. There are abundant natural resources. There is black gold (crude oil), gold, diamond, coal, timber, cocoa, aluminum, coffee, cotton, metals, and minerals... and the list goes on. The weather is the best in the world and its very good for agriculture. Africans have great athletes and artists. Plus African women are among the most beautiful in the world. These facts make it clear that God is not to be blame for the state Africa is today.
Nigeria is in a boundary war with Cameroon and the economy has not seen much improvement since return to civilian rule. Schools have been closed for more than six month. Nigeria is one of the biggest exporters of crude oil in the world, yet it imports petroleum. Now there is the shari'ah thing.
President Gnassingbe Eyadema just won reelection in Togo. He has been ruling Togo since 1967. He promise after winning a second term in office not to run for election again. Togo's constitution prevents a person from running for three consecutive terms. But during his second tenure, the parliament pass a new law that makes him eligible to run for a third term and prevented his main opposition from running for the election.
In Liberia after a civil war that put the country in total chaos and saw the execution of Samuel Doe, Charles Taylor was elected president. Citizens voted for him cause they know it was the only way to peace and some were even singing, "he killed my father and my mother and I will vote for him." Well Taylor did not fulfill any of his promise and here is Liberia again in the middle of another civil war.
If you think the war in Liberia was tragic wait till you hear about Sierra Leon's civil war. The rebels were amputating poor innocent people, girls being raped (some as young as ten) and boys caring ammunitions. With all that is going on, you will think every other country will be careful of starting a civil war. That is not the case in Ivory Coast, which has one of Africa's most stable economy. It started its own civil war and is now in danger of slipping into the kind of internal strife that has plagued Liberia and Sierra Leon.
If you think all these is in West Africa alone, think twice. The Democratic Republic of Congo has been at the center of what could be termed Africa's world war. A war that pitted government forces, supported by Angola, Namibia and Zimbabwe, against rebels backed by Uganda and Rwanda. 3.3 million people are estimated dead, the most in any war since World War II. A country formerly called Zaire and was ruled by Mobutu Sese Seko (a ruler richer than the country) until his death. Then there was the reign of now deseeds mastermind behind the downfall of Mobutu, Laurent Kabila who refuse to hold election. The country is turned into a vast battleground and the government has no control over large parts of the country.
Ethiopia is facing a humanitarian crises caused by droughts and famines. An estimated 11 million Ethiopians face the threat of famine this year. To add to
this is the terrorism the country is facing and the boarder dispute with Eritrea.
In Zimbabwe, President Robert Mugabe wrested control from a small white community and put the country on a stable course for over two decade. But now the country is facing an economic crisis. President Robert Mugabe is being opposed and there is great tension rising in the country.
Sudan is the largest and one of the most diverse countries in Africa. Apart from an 11-year period of peace, it has been torn by civil war between the mainly Muslim north and the Animist and Christian south since independence in 1956. The country has a large non-Arabic speaking and non-Muslim population that has rejected attempts by the government in Khartoum to impose Islamic shari'ah law on the country as a whole. There was once an incident when the government dropped an explosive in a schoolyard, killing many young innocent Christian children.
Angola was embroiled in civil war for virtually the entire quarter century since independence. At this time, Angola is the eighth-largest supplier of crude oil to the United States and yet it is one of the world's poorest countries and its life expectancy is among the lowest on the continent. This country exports crude Oil, diamonds, minerals, coffee, fish and timber.
Tanzania has been spared the internal strife that has blighted many African states. However, it remains one of the poorest countries in the world. In Somalia, Fighting between rival warlords and inability to deal with famine and disease led to the death of up to one million people.
The Republic of Congo has emerged from a decade of civil wars, but ongoing fighting with militia groups has marred hopes of a return to peace and stability. Algeria has been battered by violence over the past half-century and remains at war with itself. In Mauritania, President Taya just survived coup attempt after he was accused of befriending Israel in a heavy populated Muslim country.
Libya has been isolated by much of the international community. The United Nation has sanctioned it since 1988. After years of fighting to get rid of apartheid and extend democracy for over a century in South Africa, the country is now faced with lawlessness, social disruption and lost education. To add to all this is the spread of AIDS which scientist has projected will wipe out an entire generation in Africa.
We could give the rest of the world credit for coming to the aide of African's country but at what cost. IMF and world bank gives loans to most of these African countries, but before a loan can be approved, the country has to devalue its currency. The United Nation is in a mission to remove ammunition from these countries in civil war, but all the ammunitions used are imported into Africa. Most of these countries are known for using double standard, that is siding with both parties involve in the crisis. There is the reference to African countries as underdevelopment and if you think racism is not real, think again.
Looking at the past and the present of these African countries, it's easy to conclude that the future of Africa is in jeopardy. What happens in Africa today is going to determine the future and where we stand as a continent. But today we are bringing on a new generation of Africans that is uneducated, victims of war, majority living in poverty, and lets face it dead. I happened to be among this new generation of Africans, so I'm part of the future. America is where it is today because of the past generations. So as my fellow Africans in this new generation I ask u, where do we stand?