Africa is not a ‘’country’’.I wish it was,but we have as a result bece so divided. Something you won’t see on your daily news paper though.
All you will see is some black President shaking hands with a foreign and not so black face after signing a ‘’major deal’’. And what do you see tomorrow, the same African comfortably jetting off to some fancy country, whilst his countrymen riot, and the police open fire against its own people. Again something you won’t see on the news.
Ask me what I celebrate on Independence day?
Independence from who?
Independence from what? That’s the question. Are we still oppressed? Very much so. Do have have freedom of speech. Not so much. Are we really free? Not a chance. Do I feel secure? Never. Am I suppressed in any way, economically, and politicall? Definitely.
When it still feels like I am in bondage. I cannot say this without facing that, I can’t be that without facing this. What kind of life is that. I used to think that being colonized by a white imperialist was worse. Let me tell you what is worse. When your same god dammed black leader demagogue stands behind the national podium promising me a better life that never comes, but when the day ends he goes back to his presidential suite to sip foreign champagne and laughs about how cursed his nation is.
Hypocrites. Those black leaders you see delivering speeches making it seem as if it’s all rosy here in Africa, when infact they help the same imperialist siphon our God given wealth. Yes, hypocrites if not worse than the same imperialists. You know as Africans we like to think and be happy about the fact that we are no longer colonized. But there is another kind of Colonialism. The kind when a black leader betrays his people and comes back to oppress them again.
My people are cowards. Just as I am doing now, all we do is talk. Talk, babble, rant, grumble and pray for better days. But tell me… What is it to a prayer when at the end of the day no one is willing to stand up against our false leaders. You speak you are offed during the night. One funny comment and you are imprisoned.
My heart literally bleeds for my nation. I tell you Zimbabwe is one of the richest countries in Africa but no one even recognizes us. The government doesn’t care. What leader do I want? Controversial as it might sound I’d rather have the most outright gruesome but progressive dictatorship than a pretentious democracy that will still enslave you. I mean look at how France boomed during the times of Napoleon. Even Russia itself under the man steel, Joseph Stalin thrived. And most of these African leaders actually get some inspiration from these great legends. But the only thing they seem to learn is to Dictate but they still haven’t mastered the art of progressing using that same dictatorship.
You have people like Patrice Lumumba, potential upright leaders assassinated before they bloomed. And here we are stuck with the crappy hypocritical likes of…
But I mean…where do we get it wrong? We have gained independence but how do we explain countries like the DRC which are economically responsible to France? …ah! their leader is a puppet I’d say. But that’s easy to say. It’s more than that. These African leaders have betrayed the revolution. They have become Inglorious Bastards.
But there’s always light at the end of the tunnel right?
I actually wish the African youth was more invested in changing our continent. I mean, Instagram likes and followers will not get us anywhere when at the end of the day we go home to our demotivated, hungry, jobless brothers and sisters. Our leaders have become a total shame and insult to the African pride.
It is not enough to sit back and think things will solve themselves. We cannot hope for a better Africa with better leaders when we ourselves as ordinary Africans are not willing to put our lives on the line. It is not enough to grumble in queues for fuel. It is not enough to complain about the tremendous queues for basic necessities like bread. Do they not say ‘’necessity is the mother of invention’’? Well then is change not necessary? If it is then why can we not Re-invent our minds, hearts and souls to fight for the change we want?
It’s better not to complain at all if we won’t do anything at all. I understand as the youth we are demoralized, I mean growing up we face intense hardships but that doesn’t mean we should be comfortable with every crappy leader that falls our way. I mean the future of nations lies within the hands of the youth. Us. You and me. If not so then why do we even bother to go to school huh? If it is not to change the world for the better?
Our voices must be heard. Crying behind twitter and facebook is not enough. We need to go to war. We are the heart of Africa but it shall never stand if we are weak.We can’t hide behind gas masks and think that our message shall be heard.That makes no sense. We are more than gas masks and bandanas.We are strong and this is the time to prove it.
But seeing as I am a positive person. I shall not leave this on a pessimistic tone. Here is one African leader I feel should be a role model to all African leaders.
(Roll the drums…)
Cyril Ramaphosa? Nope.
Muammar Gadaffi? No he’s dead
Robert Gabriel Mugabe? Not a chance.
Paul Kagame? Definitely.
(Pray this does not get me killed…yes people where I come from, small and simple posts like these get us killed and arrested.)
What do you think is the solution to African problems?