Africa, its time to grow you have cried enough

By Kelvin Esiasa

On 25 May, 2013 Africa and the world at large commemorated the Africa freedom day. In Zambia, Africa freedom day is a day when many Zambians reflect on the sacrifices that Africans did during the struggle for Africa’s liberation. Fortunately, Zambia was the focal point for celebration as the entire Africa joined AU in honoring one of the gallant men of Africa freedom, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda.

As Africa commemorate Africa Freedom,  it’s important that Africans realize that they were not the last born, or we are not the tail that other continents can use to climb the ladder of success.

It is against this background that I would like to echo the sentiments from His Excellency President Michael Chilufya Sata of Zambia. His Excellency urged African Leaders and the continent at large to start resolving its own problem and not look up to  the international community. This sentiment echoes the address to OAU by His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie Emperor of Ethiopia in 1963.

Haile Selassie said “Africa has emerged from this dark passage. Our Armageddon is past. Africa has been reborn as a free continent and Africans have been reborn as free men. The blood that was shed and the sufferings that were endured are today Africa’s advocates for freedom and unity. What we may utter today can add little to the heroic struggle of those who, by their example, have shown us how precious are freedom and human dignity and of how little value is life without them. Their deeds are written in history”.

In deed time has come for Africa to resolve its own problems. Time has come for Africa to stand on its toes and wipe out the tears. Africans have cried enough from slavery, colonialism, civil wars, rejections, HIV/AIDS, execution, betrayal and racism; You name them the list is countless, just as God told Moses that he had heard the cry of the Israelites.

So it’s our time now; we should now invent new song and sing together in the streets of Cairo, Abidjan, Accra, Lusaka, Harare and Lilongwe. It true its panafricanism  and renaissance.

Although African can boast of political freedom, the continent continues to face a lot of challenges which have dented Africa. Poor leadership has continued to rob development in many African countries. Poor leadership caused corruption, civil wars and poverty.

Stories of political execution, torture, intimidation, fights and corruption have become rhetoric in some African nations. Of course,  there are countries that have made tremendous improvement on governance, but they have been shadowed by poor leadership exhibited by some African leaders.

So for, Africans to celebrate their freedoms they should stand united against bad leadership, just as their fore fathers did against the British, French and Belgium in yesteryears. They should veto their leaders that have over stayed and abusing power.

Africans should arise as the words of Isaiah 60:1-6. It is time for African to develop economic bloc that are very realistic and life challenging. There is a need to ensure that all the trade blocs in Africa begin to produce fruits and become beneficial to the common citizens.

There is a need to have economic blocs that are going to benefit the citizens of Africa instead of the organization that are just coffee shops.  For instance, many Zambian have complained that SADC has failed to make southern Africa easy to do busy among member countries. Instead, Zambians have continued to complain about the harsh treated they face in South Africa.

Lastly, Africa should increase its investment in Agriculture, education and technology. These three pillars of national development are central to the development of Africa.
It is high time Africans walked with their Head talk and proud as African.

Author Brief Profile
Mr.Kelvin Esiasa, President – Zambia Society for Public Administration & Ph.D. Candidate in Public Policy and Administration (Policy Analysis), Walden University, USA.