Slow Death of the African Race

Today, there are numerous challenges facing Africa. Major among these include tribalism, disease, ethnic clashes, wars, poverty, ignorance and natural disasters. Though many of Africa’s problems – like bad weather and natural calamities are unavoidable, most are a direct result of poverty and ignorance. More than three quarters of all nations in the African continent are classified as Third-World countries. ‘Third-World’, a term generally used to describe undeveloped or underdeveloped countries has been used in a pejorative way when referring to developing countries in Africa and a few other places around the world. A typical ‘Third-World’ country will be underdeveloped politically, socially and economically. Being one of the richest continents on earth-in terms of natural resources, should this be the case? Some may argue that this 'Third-World' classification lies more in one’s mentality than in quantifiable facts. I absolutely agree with this. Let us look at Southern Sudan, which recently became Africa’s youngest republic, after breaking away from the North. Indeed, Southern Sudan and the rest of the world had high expectations at independence. The country has beautiful people and is endowed with all the resources that if well tapped, can yield great development. Not only is the country rich in oil and minerals, it has some of the most highly educated people in the region. Recent reports of high level corruption within the new Government and fresh tribal conflict are undermining the world's expectations for the young nation. It is not hard to predict a near-future all-out-war, over the Southern Sudanese oil. This story is replicated all over Africa. From tribal genocides in Rwanda, ethnic violence in Kenya, Child soldiers in Uganda and religious extremists in Nigeria. The African continent has fallen into a vicious cycle of Disease, Corruption and Conflict.

African nations, including Kenya and Malawi were previously respected as prosperous and peace loving countries. With the emergence of multi-party democracy in the period around 2002, Kenya was viewed as a role-model nation, a haven of peace, development and stability. In 2007, the country experienced one of the worst violent episodes in its independence history through the Post election violence. This wave of violence saw more than 1000 people killed and a whole lot more displaced internally. For a political situation to degenerate into inter-ethnic dispute, there has to be a deeper problem. The ‘deeper problem’ within the Kenyan case happened to be tribalism. To see human beings killing each other because they do not belong to the same tribal grouping presents the highest level of ignorance possible. Claims were made within the Kenyan mainstream media that the vote had been stolen by the incumbent president - Mwai Kibaki who comes from the dominant Kikuyu Tribe. Prior to the General elections, much speculation and anxiety was evident particularly since Kenyans in General needed a regime change. The dominant Kikuyu tribe has been accused of Nepotism, tribalism and Greed. At the height of this tension, the incumbent president was accused of rigging the elections and denying the rightful winner 'Raila Odinga' of his victory. Kenya has never seen tranquility ever since, as issues of tribalism, nepotism, corruption and inter-tribal hatred are full blown ever since. Tension has been high throughout the country after four suspects accused of fueling the 2007 violence had their trial cases confirmed by the International Criminal Court. Needless to say, the same Violence Suspects are traversing the country preaching tribal hatred and animosity even before their trial cases begin at the Hague. Is this a bigger conflict in the making?

The best educated and skilled Africans will keep migrating to the west. Australia, Canada, The USA and New Zealand are in constant need of skilled and experienced professionals in specific careers. More than half of Africans who seek higher education in the Western nations never return to develop their countries. Many more African professionals educated locally keep seeking better opportunities in the West. The reasons why they never return are obvious. Why? There is no Future in Africa. Facing problems of poor pay, lack of opportunity and stagnant markets within Africa, many skilled professionals are opting to migrate to the more developed countries in the West. Africa is over seventy percent illiterate and ignorant. No wonder AIDS spreads like a forest fire here. Better developed Countries like South Africa have a HIV prevalence rate of over 40 percent. It appears as though plagues follow any development effort within Africa. These people were not injected with the virus against their will, they were simply ignorant of the effects of unsafe sex. No wonder a crowd of people in Johannesburg can publicly assault and strip women naked for wearing mini-skirts. No wonder the Rwandans butchered almost a million of their own for being born in the wrong tribe. And no wonder the Nigerian extremists are killing their own over a religion that replaced that of their forefathers, not so many years ago.

Many more examples of rot and decay can be illustrated from Africa. At the present rate, more than three quarters of Africans will be either dead from disease or ignorance in the next fifty years. The brilliant ten percent will have moved to the west to develop the ‘First-World’. The remaining quarter will have clobbered each other to death over tribal and election related factors.

A Violent tribal fanatic has his day at the height of Kenya's 2007-2008 post election violence.