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Preserve African values

01 July 2014, 15:24

The West has much influence in Africa. Their influence is more distractive than constructive to the values of Africa. The African values are in a verge of extinct, because our political leaders are singing to the tune of the West. Why can’t we be proud of being Africans and preserve our cultural values? The reply to this is simple; it is the legacy of colonisation in Africa. The legacy is that a black man sees himself inferior to a white man.

African values are at a verge of extinct. Some doctrines were unreasonable but had significance in the lives of Africans. Patriarchy is a disease that all races are suffering from. The doctrine of male primogeniture is one example of the disease.  In South Africa there is a severe deviation from African values to Western values. The adoption of a more western lifestyle is killing the values of Africans.

Dignity is of significance in all states in the world; however it is defined in different ways because there are different values that each state succumbs to. Why must the West sanction African states for having laws that do not favour their values? Each and every state is a free state and must exercise its authoritative functions without any fear of sanctions.

The people are the ones who vote for their leaders not the West. The leaders as voted for must ensure that they serve in the best interest of the people. If people are against homosexuality let that stand, the head of state does not have to please the West by allowing something that his or her people are against.

The young people of today are more disrespectful and cannot be chastised. It is believed that chastisement is a method of discipline. However, because the West think that engaging verbally with a child is better than inflicting pain, chastisement in South Africa is not allowed. There is a high use of drugs by teens. This is as a result of absolute rights offered to teens without being notified of responsibilities thereof.

Why are we letting our country die a silent death? Why are we silent about the soft hand of law?  What we believe in must stand. I believe is Biblical and African values. African states must make its rules and be allowed to embrace and preserve their values. 

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