Thoughts on Africa: Issues, Analysis, Discussions


December 17, 2015

Against all anomalies in the contemporary period, there have been conscious attempts of African leaders to wake up to their challenges. Before now, African continent is seen and perceived by some people who are not Africans as a place where nothing “good” thrives. It should be borne in mind that a lot of factors contributed towards the circumstances these African countries find themselves. Without apportioning blames and making emphasis like Ekong see (Ekeh’s 1975) who argued on “the pervasive nature and continued effects of colonialism on contemporary Africa and stressing that, colonial experience provided the framework for the unique nature of present-day African politics.” It is a good thing to know that there is a wind of change that is going out in revamping the disastrous nature of some of African countries.

Taking a look at Tanzania president, Tanzania's newly elected president, John Magufuli who implemented radical changes for a better administration in addressing a lot of anomalies in the country such as:

·         Stopping of foreign travel. However, if it is necessary to travel, then special, special permission must be required from him (The president) or the Chief Secretary.

·         Stopping of the privileges of first class and business class travel for all officials except the President, Vice, and Prime Minister.

·         Stopping of workshops and seminars in expensive hotels when their so many ministry board rooms available.

·         Stopping of sitting allowances with reasons that they are paid for the job they are to do with a monthly salary and it also applies to MP’s.

·         All individuals/firms that bought state companies that were privatized but haven’t done anything (20years later) are to either revive the industries immediately or hand them back to the government and

·         Cut of expenses among others.

Also taking a look at the Nigerian President Muhamad Buhari, whose administration took power from the dominant Political Party known as (PDP) since 1999 with the slogan of change is also heating up the polity in a bid to reduce corruption with transparency and accountability of national resources and income and also mitigating unnecessary expenses and boosting the nation’s economy development.

The willful change also manifest in the citizens' action against unwanted political processes. For example, South African citizens has taken to the street and the social media calling for the resign of President Zuma who allegedly "re-deployed" the untainted and popular Finance minister and replaced by David van Rooyen; and the effect of this action had led to South African rand to plunge as the market signaled their lack of confidence in the president decision. 

These and many more are indications of change in the continent. However, these observations does not emphatically indicate that all the African countries are equated in the desires of change and practice of “Liberal democracy”. Change is a gradual process and it takes time for relative desired change to manifest across the continent. Thus, measures taking by some of the African Countries should be applauded for, not because it is their duty, but also their conscience and rationality in making things right in their nations.


Ekong, Sheilah Clarke (1988)."Colonialism: An Epochal Era: A Review of Peter P. Ekeh's writings". Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies 16(1)


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