Inaugural Post: Purpose of the “Africa Must Change” Project
by Mbiydzenyuy Dave WANTANGWA,
Founder and Moderator – “Africa Must Change” Project
The Political Reality of African Leaderships
This project is the fruit of the painful observation of wars and woes, of the deep-seated evil and bloodshed, of abject poverty and strife amidst plenty in Africa as if this resourceful continent has been cursed. This project is the result of the continuous painful observation of the endless hegemony of the colonialists and westerners that have refused to leave Africa and are still doing a bad and odious task on the African soil. This project is the fruit of the painful observation of accursed dictatorships and bloody governments that thrive rather on the blood of their innocent citizens because they dared to complain when manipulated. This is the fruit of the painful observation of the endless bloodshed, genocide, deceit and complicity in evil in most African countries amidst the continuous manipulation and unabated hypocrisy from westerners; wanton manipulation of the very international instruments and resolutions and guidelines and laws and conventions that would have helped the part of humanity that lives in Africa, manipulation of regimes, manipulation of individuals and structures that repress and suppress the Africans. This project is the result of the painful observation of the massive corruption amidst untold misery in most of Africa and the thriving of merciless and murderous dictators against the very people whose mandate they pretend to hold. This project is the fruit of the painful observation of the exploitation of man by man, a glaring display of man’s untamed wickedness to man, how African puppet leaders succeed to play their own citizens against one another in the sadistic divide and rule politics. This project is the fruit of the painful observation of the application of the ugly principles of Machiavelli on the African man. This project again is the fruit of the painful observation of how African leaders use money, that sordid instrument of manipulation to dullen the minds of their citizens and keep them under check and control or would I say lock and key; the observation of how money becomes the opium of the people and how greed is being glorified and becomes the invisible yet paramount principle in African politics. This project is the fruit of the painful observation of the repression and suppression of the freedom of expression accompanied by the repression of the various inalienable rights of man in Africa. This project is the fruit of the painful observation of the veritable eclipse of reason in African leaderships and countries and while we continue to wonder, when will sanity and reason return to African leaderships. When will Africa ever be ruled by its deserved youthful exuberance and when will ancestors cease to molest the youth nibbing their hope of ever controlling their own destiny to a rightful end? Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie once said of Africa:
If I were not African, I wonder whether it would be clear to me that Africa is a place where the people do not need limp gifts of fish but sturdy fishing rods and fair access to the pond. I wonder whether I would realize that while African nations have a failure of leadership, they also have dynamic people with agency and voices.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
And now we must speak and we think that the manner and the magnitude of what we say to those responsible for the above calamities in Africa should not be normal. It is high time we looked at Africa and her leaders in the face and spoke the truth like no other platform has ever done. And the only way we can do so is to declare a limitless Speaker’s Corner for Africa. And declaring such a Speaker’s Corner as of Hyde Park, is a clear re-institution of free speech that is not at all common place in Africa. Therefore, in doing so, we shall not publish niceties, we shall not publish polemics or wile away blogging about social events and entertainments. We shall be going back to the political philosophical basis of things and addressing them from their reasons and causes. The philosopher king in us, as of Plato’s “The Republic” has to come out now and manifest itself for the sake of the liberation of Africa. We have to speak for the liberation of Africa from colonialism, we have to speak of Africa’s liberation from dictatorship, we have to speak of Africa’s liberation from corruption, we have to speak of Africa’s liberation from poverty, we have to speak of Africa’s liberation from diseases, we have to speak of Africa’s liberation from everything that disgraces and disfigures the dignity of Africa – manipulation, complicity in evil, greed, selfishness of man to man in Africa and every single ill that has made Africa every other thing apart from honourable.