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SINKING SHIP; THE ISSUE OF LEADERSHIP IN AFRICA

08 Mar

There is really no one who can predict the future. Whether you are a futurist, a sangoma or a fortune teller, you just cannot predict the morrow. Oh well at least, that‘s my affirmation.

What is really my point? If the so called “futurist” could predict the future, Couldn’t they tell us well in advance that the future does not look good in the North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa?

Oh well, the issue of leadership is quite serious. There is political unrest in Libya, Tunisia, Egypt and Cote’d ivoire.  What causes this unrest? Unplanned leadership, not so-solid constitutions or power hungry leaders who want to hang on the throne for dear life?

It is quite disturbing to learn that even in the 21st century; dictatorship is still the order of the day.  Mr Gaddaffi, Mr Gbagbo, and Mr Mubarak have been in the leadership seat for far too long. (Zimbabwean President is left intentionally in this example, because I still need to visit his country). The longer you lead, the more you lose the vision and the purpose of your role. One tends to be stubborn, arrogant, and greedy. A domineering leader ends up in a situation where he makes uniformed decisions. The vision has been lost, and the faith of the people you are leading is shaken.  That’s evident by the people of Libya, Tunisia and Egypt who have been protesting against the power that their leaders command.

The sinking leadership in this continent is detrimental to Africa and her people. Political instability occurs, and the stock market is being affected negatively. This event drives away investment opportunities out of the continent. The ordinary man in the street is the one who is hardest hit, as these dictators says “We command power, I am the boss here”.

How do we save the sinking ship?

The establishment of a leadership institute by the former president of South Africa, Mr Thabo Mbeki is one good measure to save the leadership sinking ship in this continent.

How about making it a constitution of this continent that one cannot be a President for more than two terms? I believe that can go a long way in saving the sinking ship. I mean these guys are hanging in the presidential seat for a dear donkey’s years.

Oh, yes we have African Union. Mr Chairman how about you buy each of the new Presidents a book by one of the legendary leadership Authors? Just imagine what type of leaders Africa can have if each one of them read a book by Steven R Covey, Malcolm Gladwell, Robin Sharma and Rudolph W. Giuliani? We can have exceptional leaders, who are free of greed and full of optimism.

Who is responsible for the state of Africa?

Who is responsible for the sinking ship of leadership in this continent? Is Africa really free?

Leadership in most part of Africa is in a distasteful state. Many of our leaders have or are committing crime against humanity. Africans on a daily basis, suffers from hunger merely because of leaders who are greedy and does not serve selflessly. Africa is a developmental continent, we are doing well, but some of our leaders are putting all the hard work of former good leaders to waste.

A neat way to solve leadership issues in this continent, country by country is for each one of us to take responsibility in citizenry. As a citizen of a particular country in Africa, one must by far and large participate in issues of governance.

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4 Comments

Posted by on March 8, 2011 in Leadership, Politics

 

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4 responses to “SINKING SHIP; THE ISSUE OF LEADERSHIP IN AFRICA

  1. Dumi-rocks

    March 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm

     
  2. Sibusiso Dhlamini

    March 15, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Yes Dumi, you have nailed it and have successfully given a relevant topic for discussion.

    Lets look at the other side: African leaders who are holding on to power believe that they are the most compitent people to run their countries simply… because they have been doin so for the past few decades in fact I remmber the Egyptian president being quoted as saying that Egypt will collapse without his leadership.

    Now Africa’s economic state is not a good one and leadership is proving to be making it worse. Citizens are also fueling this fire by destrying infrastrusture to make their point,infrastructure which will have to be rebuilt again therby incurring more costs.

    I belive Africans should consider the long term implication of the short term solutions that we are posting. Young leaders should be trained and mentored to tackle all the challenges that Africa i facing.

    Lastly Africa will be free only if we can get a new paradigm of solving problems without making countries worse thank you for reading the whole comment

     
    • Dumi-rocks

      March 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm

      Thank you very much Sibusiso. I laugh at what have been said by apparently smart leaders like Hosni Mubarak. How dare can you utter such statement while there are good people who can lead a country?

      On the issue that young people should be trained and mentored, is a pretty good idea. In South Africa we do have such organisation. Allison Greg, A PR specialist opened an organisation called The Chosen in partnership with The MTN leading CEO Council that focuses solely on the mentoring and training of future young leader.

      I wonder though why do leave Mr Malema out of this opportunity, I mean he can learn a thing or two from leading CEO’s of this country.

      Remain working hard so that you can be a leader.

      Thanks.

       

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