It has long become tedious and utterly painful to watch, read or listen to the news. There is hardly ever any good news coming out of Afrika. Yes, there are publications, journalists and even social media groups that are dedicated to sharing the good news about Afrika, and they are appreciated, but the overwhelming daily news is about the status quo of crime, death, corruption and a crippling moral decay, where women are the daily victims of horrendous crimes. The more Afrikan literature I read, the more I find that much of the solutions we seek to our common challenges have long been given.
A great number of our best intellectuals, in every discipline from anthropology, political sciences, poetry, mysticism, natural sciences, arts such as music and visual imagery to engineering have offered us clear and feasible solutions to almost every conceivable problem we face today.
I am not talking about prophecy or some unmeasurable and philosophical conundrum here, but the everyday economic and cultural jams we seem to be caught up with, the things that keep the continent stagnant in spite of all the talked about Economic Growth and Africa Rising …
We have many heroes and heroines, a long list of healers, liberators and artists, entrepreneurs and technocrats. So what are we missing? Is it coordination, or is it some sense of unified purpose as a continent?
Could it be education, is it adequate or inadequate propagation of the answers? Is it inequality and inequity, or the corruptibility of our so called leaders?
Perhaps it is an amalgamation of all of the above. We shall explore this further before the end of this week.