I don’t know about you but I am frankly tired of the current whine fest we all seem to be partaking in a little too much towards Western nations. Isn’t it getting a bit old? “They” are too condescending. “They” give us too much aid. “They don’t understand how to solve our problems. They are too this, they are too that!
I used to partake somewhat actively in the whine fest but I have decided to move on. It’s time to grow up. How about we fess up for once? A lot of the continent’s troubles originate from our soil; corruption, mismanagement, a lack of the rule of law, lack of accountability, nepotism…and the list goes on…
It is true that it is a tough world out there and the world can be patronizing and condescending and blah, blah but this is only a function of our condition. Look at China. Who dares patronize China? Anyone that chooses to do so does so at his or her own peril. The truth is that if we want to be taken seriously, we have to earn it. No one is going to give it to us on a platter of gold. Why should they? So it goes in life and so it goes in the world…
When people say that the only ones who can “save” (I hate that word! :() Africa are Africans themselves , I don’t think we really understand what it means. It means we have to stop spying on the West’s every move like we do currently, kicking and scratching, whining and complaining ad nauseam. They actually really don’t care and as a matter of fact, maybe even shouldn’t. If we are serious about becoming prosperous, isn’t the obvious decision to put our houses in order? Why the incessant finger pointing?
Can we please roll up our sleeves and get on with the mission at hand? By ourselves? With the sweats of our brows? With our ingenuity? With our persistence? Wouldn’t that give us more pride? We say we don’t want to be treated as toddlers. I laugh.
We will finger point until we can point no more. Right now, we are acting like toddlers.
I hope you can see the four fingers pointing right back at us.
I am from Nigeria. Nigeria is corrupt to the bone! Nobody is making things up here. We all know this as a fact, the way the sun rises in the East and sets in the West. And yes, many other countries are corrupt as well, but we take the cake! And please don’t blame aid. It was not aid that encouraged James Ibori & others like him to go on a stealing spree in the nation’s bank account. It was corruption. I simplify because there is no need for us to make the simple, complex. We know what our problems are and one of the prime ones among them is governance! This has nothing to do with the West. It has everything to do with us!
If we fix governance, we will fix a significant portion of the continent’s problems. But fixing governance is hard. It means we must fight against the status quo, against high and mighty corrupt politicians and against their network of high profile supporters. It means we must actually put our safety and comfort on the line for the collective good. This is hard.
But if Africans do not decide to take control of their destinies by electing principled, competent leaders, and rejecting corrupt ones, we will remain toddlers for a very long time.
Which is harder? Remaining toddlers or fighting for our rights in our home countries? The decision is ours to make.
Right now it seems we are choosing to remain toddlers by being continental whiners. I want to move on please. Any one else interested?