Dedebit | September 15/2023
By Mohammed A. Saeed
Change is the only constant in our world, and Africa is no exception. As the winds of transformation sweep across the continent, it’s essential that we adapt to these changes intelligently and critically. It’s time to address a pressing issueâ the role of African politicians and the need for accountable governance.
A Reality Check
Let’s face it; African politics often teems with promises, some of which remain unfulfilled. The skepticism that arises when we hear these promises is not unwarranted. We’ve witnessed instances where political agendas have been driven by self-interest rather than the well-being of the people.
A Resource-Rich Continent
Africa boasts an abundance of natural resources, from minerals to arable land. However, the mismanagement and exploitation of these resources have been ongoing issues. As Frantz Fanon once said, “Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it.” Our politicians must discover and fulfill their missionâto manage these resources for the benefit of the continent.
A Need for Informed Governance
Investing in the right areas is crucial for Africa’s growth. While space technology, education, and agriculture are essential sectors, their success hinges on informed governance. It’s about ensuring that investments yield long-term benefits, empowering our youth to explore the frontiers of knowledge, and leveraging agriculture to bolster food security and economic development.
The Social Media Conundrum
Social media, like TikTok, has become a powerful tool for communication and learning. However, its potential can be harnessed positively or negatively. When investments are made in education, young minds can use platforms like TikTok to explore a wide array of knowledge, from space travel to history.
Breaking the Cycle
One sobering reality is that, in some African nations, wealth and political power are closely intertwined. This entanglement can perpetuate corruption. Breaking this cycle requires a concerted effort by both leaders and citizens.
A Call for Accountability
In the end, the change we seek begins with accountability. African politicians must be accountable to their constituents, and citizens must hold their leaders to the highest standards of transparency and ethical governance. As Nelson Mandela wisely noted, “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
As we navigate the evolving landscape of Africa, we must remember that change is not just about adapting to external shifts but also about transforming from within. It’s about holding our politicians accountable, fostering informed governance, and embracing technology and education as catalysts for progress.
In the words of Kwame Nkrumah, “We face neither East nor West: we face forward.” Let us face forward together, as a continent, forging a path towards a brighter, more prosperous futureâone where the well-being of every African citizen is the compass that guides our leaders.