Will Africa ever be liberated?

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We have heard about women liberation, animal liberation excreta , excreta.  But what is liberation?.

In Sociology Liberation means ‘the seeking of equal status or just treatment for or on behalf of any group believed to be discriminated’ do we think Africa as we approach the Millennium Development Goal target of 2015, is even at the point where it can celebrate liberation?

As a student of Social Science, I must say the ‘Sustainability and Commons’ Module has opened my eyes to what exactly the word ‘Liberation’ means.  Africa has not got it.  All the success they have referred to in terms of Africa  developing and on a journey of equal status with the rest of the world is basically none existence.

The past decade has seen the most dynamic growth in Africa’s history where Africa’s  per capita GDP has increased  every year since 2000 but is economic growth the best indicator of how Africa is prospering?  Success has been linked to resource-boom, African governments  improving  macroeconomic stability or  reforming  their business and regulatory environments, making them an increasingly attractive destination for investment, particularly in telecoms, banking, retail and construction and creating new opportunities for  both African and foreign businesses. However, does the evidence of such increase in per capita GDP translate into equal distribution of wealth in Africa.  I guess the answer is No.

When we say we have opened our markets to global business who does this benefit?  Every Partner to Africa is after exploiting its wealth, be it minerals, land, labour and everything they have hanged on including their dignity.  Aid or grants given to Africa with the notion of development have strings attached to them.  ‘We give you this and you give us that’ Is this liberation?

Poverty is just on its rise with the richer getting richer and the poorer getting poorer.  The story of child labour due to such poverty is  a worry.  Children are now having to work to get food home rather than go to school.  If the children do not have access to education who then will lead the liberation?

We will continue to raise our hands begging unless we invest more into education especially children’s education cause these are the future generation and unless we empower them to stand on their two feet and teach them to be independent. This cycle will continue and we will remain unliberated.

 

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4 Responses to “Will Africa ever be liberated?”

  1. u1059279 Says:

    Who is to be blame for the liberation of Africa?Is it the government?Who are the government?The people are the government.Most Africans are selfish and greedy,all they cared about is me and my family once they are in position.Then they start thinking about developed countries and admiring their beauty forgetting it is their resources they admiring.Remember civilisation started way back in Africa.If only Africa can get out of their selfish and greedy ways then Liberation is sure to come.As the adage goes “united we stand divided we fall”.

    • sdiederichs Says:

      I’m glad that you posted this as I feel that the time of complaints is gone and that it is time for Africans to take their fate in their hands, very much like the Peruvians Massimo talked about.

  2. nmpira Says:

    I guess its not all about who to blame. However I wish the idea of sustainable development through capacity building was our Partners initial aim when they wished to trade with Africa. Africa would be in a much better state than it is now.

  3. jpriyarollins85 Says:

    Yes, it’s true that if there was more capacity building done in Africa, then it wouldn’t be in as bad a state as it is now. But isn’t the idea of capacity building a fairly new one which came about only in the past 20 years or so (and has been a gradual movement)? And haven’t we been learning that the best (and most sustainable) results come when a community comes together to bring about change? After-all, who knows what a community needs, better than the people in it? And who pays the price when partners/developers/investors come in and take what they want? The Africans; so therefore, they should be the ones to fight back. Please note that I’m not meaning for this to be the case in all situations, ie- one cannot move for change when basic needs are not met. However, Africa does have many intelligent and capable citizens who can start these movements.
    Yes, there have been a lot of tragedies and exploitation in Africas’ history which severely damaged it and which should have never happened; but you can’t change what has already happened, I think one of people’s biggest stumbling blocks is when they look back in time and play the ‘what-if’ or ‘blame’ game or depend on others (partners) in order to move forward. All this does is grow negative feelings, disdain, and a sense of futility which clouds the mind. It is important to remember that many partners (such as the Chinese) come in with a primary goal of investment, and the fastest methods to get there (capacity building is much slower than doing it yourself!). So, if Africa wants this liberation, then they should rise up and take it themselves and not wait for someone else to hand it over.

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