Slumbering Africans wake up!

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Impact of Globalisation

Meanwhile, with the overwhelming negative social, political and economic evidences, is it still a sensible alternative to ask the rest of the world to get off Africa’s back and to allow her to solve her problems alone? Is it practicable and would that not entail throwing a blanket around Africa to block it out of sight of the civilised world? This strategy might help the world at large to live and sleep easy, less fretfully and less guiltily, maybe, – a sort of, out-of-sight and out-of-mind solution. At least it will remove the disturbing obtrusive lenses and pens of journalists that regularly inundate the world media with damning pictures and grim lamentations of the suffering and deprivation in the continent. Although, it is ironic that in a world where so much go to waste in one part, a good number of the people in Africa still wallow in abject scarcity of every basic needs that have become very common and already taken for granted in other parts of the world. As will be expected, this pragmatic strategy to blackout Africa from world news and events would definitely draw a massive cry of disapproval from the morally concerned people of the civilised world.
The political pragmatists have not failed to ask why the civilised world should continue to prop up the losers? Why wouldn’t the civilized world allow Darwinian theory of ‘survival of the fittest’ take care of the hopeless situation? Of course, they have a point, even the Christian Bible advised that it is dangerous to ‘cast your pearls before swine’. Incidentally, a verse before that statement says, “Hypocrites! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye”.
This observation from the Christian Bible leads directly to the most significant dimension of the problem of Africa. This is the overwhelming impact of the global political economy which strongly impinges, though negatively, on the sincere efforts of some few African leaders who have demonstrated in the past a desire to take their people to the ‘promised land flowing with milk and honey’. The reality facing developmental economists in Africa and other parts of the poor world is this nagging question: can the acclaimed conventional global economic order as presently constituted and constructed solve Africa’s problem or indeed the Third World problem? In fact, can a system fundamentally rooted in a philosophy of ‘winner-takes-all’ and that does not pretend any modicum of compassion for the loser in the competitive economic world market salvage Africa from the depth of its present deprivation and wretchedness? These and many other questions one believes should preoccupy the minds of all Africans and her friends all over the world at this moment in history.
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