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Lets talk about African

21 July 2014, 13:26

In his thought provoking book Professor Jonathan Jansen stress the need to talk about schools, universities, leadership, society and sports. "Ways of speaking can help heal or they can provoke; they can inflame passions or settle nerves." Talking will help bringing unity among Africans which is much needed.

Talking as a society/nation can help us, in that it will shrink all the problems that seem worse than they really are. it will help set our minds free and help us see things from a broader view. i personal regard the nation that doesn't talk doomed. African problems can only be fixed collectively and how do we do that if we don't know of our individual problems. It is of great importants that we as Africans talk about Africa and the problem 'she' faces.

Lets talk poverty. lets talk about what need to be done do eradicate poverty. Do we need to educate our people or do we need more political interventions? Is international aid helpful to Africa or is it a tool used to cultivates and maintains the Willie Lynch Syndrome among African elites?


Lets talk about what the western media does to African. How do we do away with negative influence western media plays on the downfall of African? How do we do away with the everyday horror images of African painted by western media to  convince the rest of the world that nothing good could come out of our continent?


More interesting we need to talk leadership. How do we do away with this African leaders (Be it private or public) whose legitimacy towards their citizens is significantly questionable? I have learned if you give most African leaders a test on leadership, 100% is guaranteed but they have no idea how to go about it practically and most are only leading for the status not responsibility that comes with it. we need to talk on how we should create a system of identifying and training the youth as leaders of tomorrow.


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