The desire and widespread commitment of African people for the improvement of the continent’s Political, Education, Health and Business condition is a resounding factor throughout the world. As a developing continent, though some countries are ahead of others, we as a people have witnessed some great achievements in the liquidation of colonial regimes and transferring of political power to Africans. However, physical hand overs of natural resources and some parts of the land does little in freeing the colonized mind, I know this all too well as a young South African.
The tragic misconception of our understanding: radical improvement of life will be instantaneously. Africans have been greatly naïve. Understandably so. Decades of oppression and near instant liberation reasons this out. The inception of this newly found freedom for African countries meant a first time attempt to govern a country, as imagined this would come with great challenges. The continent had revolutionaries who were outstanding forward thinkers, but such progressive ideologies would be met by the difficulty to establish government systems which would work for the people and provide for them a life better than what they were accustomed to. As a result of failed constructions of government systems, conditions worsened for some parts of the mother land. A number of factors were identified as a cause: embedded traditions of the pre-colonial past and the effect caused by the colonial past.
The result of our colonial history has left Africans with the difficulty of forming state systems. However, movements such as Pan-Africanism were founded around 1900 many years before independence, indicating the continent’s ability to draw rational policies well suited for a progressive people. The movement’s objectives was to secure rights, self-governance, independence and unity. All modern day realities. Notabl under the circumstances, such progressive objectives could only be achieved through encouraging Africans to study their history and culture. And in order to realize a dream well planned, our forefathers made this their principal objectives. This would give birth to African programs such as ‘ African autonomy and independence’.
Point being: by educating themselves, the architectures of our freedom were able to pioneer policies for a life we live today. On the contrary, modern livelihood has engineered us to ignore the importance of our forefathers master plan. Hence the constant bickering of how some of our continent’s politics are not doing enough to help Africans. We have dismissed the importance of our roles in these policies. We merely vote for politicians to draft policies meant to be met by our efforts in a bid to build strong, knowledgeable and independent nations.
I encourage you all to hunger for unity, knowledge and understanding. We can all do so much by unifying our efforts to knowing the cause of modern mayhem and understanding the peculiarities of fellow Africans.