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.