I encourage you all to always remember that quitting is not, and can never be an option.
Chief Obafemi Awolowo, one of the founding fathers of Nigeria, knowing the power of education to transform an individual, and its potency to birth a great nation, says:
“In order to attain to the goal of economic freedom and prosperity, Nigeria must do certain things as a matter of urgency and priority. It must provide free education at all levels and free health facilities for the masses of it citizens.”
Government at all levels must wake up this time. For the time calls for maximum seriousness and purposeful executions of citizens oriented projects. I believe we can have our streets tarred with gold, and our walls ornamented with diamonds if the vast untapped reasources buried in this continent are unearthed and utilised for purpose of the people.
We can’t talk about development without bringing education to the front burner. Education must be of great interest to governments in Africa. If possible, a major restructuring must be embraced to ensure beautiful future for African children. Our governments must beginning to see education as one of the basic tools, that will champion unhindered development.
It’s highly recommended that governments ensure all schools( both public and privates) are opened as soon as authorities issue the order for the re-opening of our schools, and that all children at all levels( from primary to tertiary) must return back to school. For this to materialise, dogged willingness is needed to rollout more scholarship aids, more grants, and more parliative for schools, especially privates. This is needed to aggressively extinct the poverty and under-development debilitating Africa. Tirfe Mammo would go so far to say:
“Poverty is generally underdevelopment and underdevelopment, in its turn, is associated with many factors. One among these factors is the level of education. The gaps in literacy level between Africa and the better-off countries are remarkable.” 
It is no news that several parents have lost their means of livelihood, many more will still follow suit due to the devastating impact of Coronal Virus (Covid-19) on the economy. Be that as it may, a massive bail out plan must be rolled out to create soothing effects for parents. This intervention will reduce the spate of crimes and criminality, and surpress increase rate of depressions.
The system of extortion, which we have come to know by its influence as ‘Neocolonialism’, is basically structured to sustain the ill-gotten wealth, during pre-colonial slave trade expedition and colonialism that came afterwards, to sustain the future of the countries involved in this extortion. Our governments must be equally interested in the future of our children. The Post-colonial chaotic influence plaguing Africa is as a result of weak educational systems. African States must be purposeful in reengeneering its educational system. Our academic system should be remapped to lead to mental revolution, which will usher in a major systemic reformation.
Coupled with this urgent proposed educational intervention programme should be aggressive plan to make food and a working health system available. The UN, World Population (1992) statistics, Africa has a large and industrious population base of about six hundred million (10 percent of world’s population ), of which well over 65 percent are economically active (under 65 years of age). The continent covers 23 percent of world’s landmass having over six hundred and twenty million hectares of arable land i.e. enough per capital for cultivation.
It is believed that every other sectors of the economy will geometrically improve when African Member States prioritised Education, food, and health.
The hope for a better tomorrow grows along with our children. Let’s secure this hope.
God bless Africa.
 Tirfe Mammo, The Paradox of Africa’s Poverty, 1999, p.32.
By: OLUWANBEPELUMI Adiv Pelumi-Folarin
‘PELUMI Adiv Pelumi-Folarin, is a Leadership Development Expert of over 10 years active experience. He’s the president of Shining Africans Testimony; A Lagos based NGO. Pelumi is passionate about the wellness of African Continent.
Since the end of 1950s Africa has possessed formal independence, but in many countries ties to their former colonial powers has remained strong. Thus, for post-independence Africa, though it had succeeded in becoming politically decolonized, freedom from what is called neo-colonialism became almost impossible. There are still many hindrances to the achievement of economic decolonization in Africa. Therefore, one may say, although the decolonization of Africa has been achieved, freeing Africans from their colonial legacy and enabling them to embark on the application of African indigenous knowledge and practices remains.
The task of gaining this freedom for Africa has become problematic in many respects due to the severe poverty prevailing on the continent at the present. Africa as a whole is currently associated with extensive malnutrition, recurrent famine, rampant disease, high level of illiteracy and acute shortage of goods to fulfil basic needs. A number of African countries are also ruled by dictatorial government, where little, if any, respect is paid to fundamental human rights. The Paradox is that the potential wealth and rich culture of Africa do not justify a crises of such dimension. As the saying among Africans goes, “Africa is poor because she is potentially rich,” And with regard to the total crisis facing the continent, there appear to be a lot of truth in the saying.
Excerpt from the book titled; Paradox of Africa’s Poverty.
Author: TIRFE MAMMO (1999)
There used to be a statue
An esthetic portrayal of motherhood
And government came
With their catastrophic apparatus
The Mimesis and diffusion of foreign aid policy measures adopted by vast developing countries across the global south are rudimentary issues that continue to adversely shape their development trends thus creating the most severe problems in the realm of economic policymaking.
They are so lust after big name funds but pay less attention to the draconian conditionalities tied in.
In fact, these conditionalities will continue to exist as far we continue to seek aid and see it as a premium source of development progress.
It should be enough reason to engender a paradigm shift and build strong alliances as a continent against the culture of aid seeking.
John Martor Reeves, is a young Liberian, a devoted Christian, and a subscriber to the doctrines of Pan-Africanism.
He is a recent (2018) graduate of the University of Liberia where he earned Bachelors of Science degree in Economics.Additionally, he holds several professional certificates and a diploma in the field of Information and Communication Technology, leadership and entrepreneurship studies. He’s a writer, a researcher and an emerging professional in the field of International Social Sciences (Development Cooperations).
He has worked with professional institutions such as Abt Associates Inc. and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
The essence of neo-colonialism is that the state, which is subject to it, is, in theory, independent and has all the outward trappings of international sovereignty. In reality its economic system and thus its political policy is directed from outside
We are in the era of globalization. Therefore, we do not oppose the injection of foreign capital in the Liberian economy. But what we are against is the super-injection of foreign capital in our economy with zero control or regulation, which creates dire conditions that kill off the creation of indigenous wealth.
Some of the major factors that gave courage to our founding fathers, such as Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikwe, Tafawa Balewa and so on, to become vehement about the fight for independence, was the exposure of the aforementioned to foreign education along side their foreign counterpart and the failure of their foreign colonists to measure up intellectually to the standard in comparison to their “black slaves”.The blacks came eventually to the realization that the white guys are not better than them after all,this gingered our founding fathers to begin the clamour for self determination.
The aforementioned factor and many others which this space will not permit me to discuss was responsible for some of the reasons our founding fathers spoke with courage In favour of independence.
I am very well aware that except for our timid nature as black people and lack of trust for the things that belong to us there is absolutely nothing in a white man that gives him an edge over the black forks?
The US, has taken up the self acclaimed place of policing the world,and have done it with so much vigor as to think that only they are correct and others are always wrong. As recent events has shown that pretentious assumption is absolutely wrong.
As it was in the pre-independent era, Africa and indeed Nigeria(being a giant of Africa) should learn to think, take decision and formulate policy(ies) on their own devoid of foreign interference and interjection. This, am glad, we are beginning to do with the recent happenings at the Africa Development Bank.
At the helm of affair at the AfDB, is a Nigerian, an illustrious son of not only Nigeria but also Africa.
Mr. Akinwumi Adesina, is an astute banker, with several years experience. He holds a PHD, in Agricultural Economics. As a minister of Agriculture in Nigeria, he was reputed for revolutionizing the Agricultural sector a feit which the present administration has greatly benefited from. Infact I had tipped him to continue his place in the new administration of Buhari, until his elevation to his present position.
It is of note that, Mr. Akinwumi is the first Nigerian to assume the top position of the AfDB, presidency, inspite of the fact that Nigeria is by far the largest share holder of the regional lending body. In other words in the 55 year history of the institution no Nigerian has ever achieved that great height. It must be said, that Mr Adesina did not assume this feit of becoming the AfDB president by mere sentiment, is a feit thoroughly deserving. Mr. Adesina is articulate and highly influential and surely do know how to get things done.
In the wake of the allegation of fraud by a whisleblower against Mr.Adesina I had prayed in my heart that he gets elected for a second term in office (as another election is barely 3 months away) as to my mind and findings he has done well enough to be given another chance. Though am very well convinced that he will achieve the second term dream, this article is not centred on his re-election bid or campaign for same, but to discuss about the spoiler role the United State Government are playing in their usual overzealous–oversabi attitude. Who ever made America a lord over us? Or a watch dog over the world? The answer is, nobody.
This article,don’t get me wrong is not about Mr. Adesina, to exalt him as a saint, no. But you know you can’t but like his person due to his effectious personality not leaving aside his intelligent attributes. But a wake up call by all especially the black race to resist the attempt by America to super impose its will whether good or bad on all of us
Like I said earlier, while I do not claim that Mr. Adesina is a saint, the criminal allegation against him was thoroughly evaluated by the body saddled with the responsibility to so do, the Ethics Committee, of AfDB and they found nothing in him. The result was not only for him to continue his place as the president of AfDB,he will also run for a second term unopposed. An integrity test no doubt.
As though they are the only non-regional members of AfDB, America through its Treasury Secretary has written to the Board of Governors rejecting the report of the Ethics Committee and it’s decision not to prosecute Mr.Adesina. It bits me hollow that of the 27 non regional members of AfDB, American singularly raised an objection. Though some of the European members has been effected by the stinking thoughts of the US, it still does not change the fact that The US is merely crying Wolf where there is known.
Are we now going to erode our thoughts and will because America said so? Do we now jettison the long standing procedure of a 55 year old institution just because America said so? Who says they are always right? Oh may be if the the investigation was conducted by The US investigator then it will be by that very means credible just because America conducted same. The earlier the United State realises that the world including its own citizens has slipped off their hands the better. Because the reality on ground is that they have lost that which made them thick, integrity and might. The simple fact that a police officer and so many others in the pay role of America Government could have such questionable character and nothing was done about it even though he had 18 official complaints against him, until he actually killed a man in the broad day light speaks of the ills in the America system and a tail of how weakened the institution in America has become.
It is now a lesson for all that America should first go and straighten their institution which was once reputed for excellence. They have become the WATCHMAN with a crooked wag without strength to forge any meaningful course.
If the responses of Nigeria Government that they stand by Mr. Adesina and indeed that of the 54 independent state in Africa is anything to go by then, Africa is on the course for true emancipation. This is not to say that we should rest on our oars as a nation and continent because if we truly need to be free we must be able to provide pipe borne water for the people, be able to build sustainable infrastructure for our teaming populace and be able to feed ourselves. Only after we are able to achieve the aforesaid can we look to America in the eye and say go to hell and burn to aches.
This is a call on us all to take Nigeria and Africa from the mouth of the Tiger.
By: Asoko A.E, is a legal practitioner.
Amid the pandemic, these are the two challenges African countries are confronted with:
- Ease lockdown and open up the economy. The consequence is a rapid spread of the virus especially in slums and rural communities, thus overwhelming deplorable health systems in most African countries.
- Declare a state of emergency, close all borders and impose stringent lockdown measures. What you would have is a starved population as African governments do not have the monetary and fiscal tools to cushion the harsh economic impacts caused by the imposition of tight measures meant to curb the spread of the virus.
These are consequences of decades of neoliberal capitalist exploitation of Africa! How come Africa has vast mineral and oil wealth, as well as arable land but the continent lacks the needed capital for socioeconomic development?
The mineral and oil assets belong to foreign corporations. Almost all the value accumulated from the wealth of Africa is repatriated by the foreign parasites while the paltry sum they pay in taxes and royalties is siphoned by bureaucratic puppets who run the neocolonial African governments!
This is the tragedy!
We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,— This debt we pay to human guile. Shining AfriTest