African Voices - African Visions by Olugbenga Adesida, Arunma O. Oteh

By Olugbenga Adesida, Arunma O. Oteh

Does Africa have a destiny? What are the visions, hopes, objectives and fears of younger Africans for the way forward for the realm, the continent, their state, and their groups? How do they envision this global and their roles inside it? those concerns haven't formerly been explored jointly through Africans a result of huge, immense demanding situations and the preoccupation with the current. yet Africa mustn't ever enable the enormity of the issues to blind it to its prior and destiny. Africa needs to chart its personal imaginative and prescient of a fascinating destiny, and consequently younger Africans, born in advance of or after independence, have been challenged to mirror at the way forward for the continent. This e-book offers the reaction to that challenge.In this booklet, the voices of a brand new new release of Africa are heard exploring the long run from own and various views. The authors have enumerated the ills of Africa, analyzed the issues and explored the possibilities. Remarkably, regardless of the daunting nature of the demanding situations, they have been all hopeful in regards to the destiny. They supplied their visions of the longer term, recommend a variety of principles on how you can construct a brand new Africa, and implored Africans to take accountability for the transformation of the continent. Given the present emphasis on African renaissance and union, the information offered right here might develop into the root for a very shared imaginative and prescient for the continent.

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In view of their inability to respond effectively to the increasingly urgent needs of the people, and in a bid to broaden the system’s redistribution base, the ruling class relinquished some of its responsibilities to the local communities while at the same time preserving effective power at the center. This apprenticeship, albeit limited, in the exercise of power gave birth to a generation of local leaders, and especially to a return of leadership to the grassroots level. Henceforth, it was no longer a question of awaiting some “developer” to help resolve problems facing the community, but rather resolving them oneself.

The road to achieving the desired future seems to be very rough and tortuous, requiring immense committed efforts on the part of governments, institutions and individuals. There is a dire need for institutional as well as attitudinal changes if ever the desires are to be met. However, current efforts and expected changes in the region in terms of structure and governance point to the existence of a silver lining on the dark clouds; and there is light at the end of the tunnel. Again, all is not lost for Africa and it can find solace and inspiration in the lines of the hymn writer: Courage Africa do not stumble Though thy path be dark as night There is a star to guide the humble Trust in God and do the right.

36 To w a r d s a S t r a t e g i c V i s i o n f o r a C o n t i n e n t i n D i s t r e s s CHAPTER 4 Towards a Strategic Vision for a Continent in Distress Godwin Y. Dogbey BACKGROUND The continent of Africa has been beset with myriad problems including political instability, poverty, high indebtedness, underdevelopment, senseless wars, corruption and the list continues. Soon after independence, many African states suffered a series of political setbacks resulting from the emergence of civilian and military dictators.

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