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Africa and The Blame Game

Africa and The Blame Game

Kudakwashe Manjonjo Harare, Zimbabwe “Please may I have some fish” asked a certain young black man? In all his wisdom and knowledge the grey old white man looked at him and said, “how about I teach you how to fish instead so that you can catch as many as you want?” “Aaahhh, sir that’s a problem, you stole my forefathers fish and now I’m hungry and have nothing to eat.” The white man replied, “Are you saying you have no fish left in your home?” With a firm response he said, “no, but you took my fish!”  The attitude of the black man has been personified as the African character by Chika Onyeani who wrote the famous book called “Capitalist Nigger” at the turn of the century. Onyeani argues that Africans have a psychology of blaming Europeans and the West for under-developing and keeping Africa in a state of attitude. “The blame game has become a permanent part of our lives.” 

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Think Again

Think Again

 Iheme Ogechi Linda Benin City, Nigeria Gone are the days when men work because they have to feed their families and farther away are the days when people take up jobs because they have to make ends meet. Today, we the young generation have to embrace jobs that give us pleasure and satisfaction. Until we do this, our potentials will not be maximized, our inner strength will remain untapped and our names will leave the earth’s surface without any impact. Using Nigeria as a case study with over 150 million people, above 60% of these persons are youth and contrary to expectations, majority of them walk around blaming the next person for the country’s backwardness. Many graduate from school looking for jobs and others think of their qualification in school as the only way forward. It is my dream that many youth will think again.

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I Have a Dream

I Have a Dream

Kudakwashe Manjonjo Harare, Zimbabwe I say to you today my friends - so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream…I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: all men are created equal… the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood…I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character... I have a dream today.  What is your dream today for Africa? The introduction was taken from the words of Martin Luther King as he rallied the black men and women in their fight against segregation that was rife in the structures, soul and society of the American state. Similar to our current situation in Africa where the structures, soul and society are segregated from the best the world has to offer us. And that

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