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Do African leaders have retrogressive minds?

There seems to be a common feature across many African countries. It seems that the rate of development is somehow slow, as compared to Asian or South American countries. Or any other continents.

I read in a certain leading daily newspaper, where the author was bemoaning the fact that most of what Africa has is that which was inherited from the colonial era. What we have predominantly in many African countries is a situation where the current state of matters betrays an inheritance of the colonial systems. The roads, the buildings, the water systems, and so forth. Most of the infrastructure in African countries is a mere collection of what the settler regimes established, and left behind when it was time for them to leave. There is little that the governments which presided the post-independence era have done. Except to pile neglect on what the colonialists built.

Even the societies before the advent of colonialism strove to make life better for everyone. We have great African kingdoms like Great Zimbabwe, the Ashanti, Aksum Empire, Mandinka, and so forth. By simply digesting historical facts, one can see how these societies made a spirited effort at development, in their own sense and tenets which governed the way they lived and interacted with each other. Many centuries later, we have African governments that have done little for their countries, even in instances where the people would have done a lot for their countries.

Poverty, diseases, lack of education, poor infrastructure, ailing health systems; this is what Africa grapples with realistically. Does it then mean that the African leaders right from independence up to the present day have done nothing for their people? That their minds are backwards and inimical to development? It does not necessarily mean that the progress that has been achieved has to be trashed. But it certainly evokes a revolt in one’s mind, that as Africans, how far have we gone with our success? Are we building things with a long-term future? These are questions that confront us, and questions we have to answer.

The reality is that Africa still has a long way to go, and governments need to come up with long-term plans to ensure a better present and fuitre for the betterment pf Africa as a continent.

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