Guest post; The future of Africa depends on Africans
Author; Ruchius Filbert
There is no doubt that when we came to natural resources, Africa is the world richest continent; millions of acres of untilled farmland, most of world’s diamonds and chromium, half percent of world’s gold and other different resources. Unfortunately Africa is defined as home of developing countries despite of those resources, African people are living life with full of suffering to which they do not deserve comparing with wealth of their continent. They are dying of preventable diseases(like Malaria, Cholera),live in unnecessary frustrations, hopelessness, actively pulled with poverty and bad enough other escape away from their continent to rest of world countries mainly European countries to gain appreciation and good living standard. Those crises are not due to war, hunger or famine but are tied with leadership functioning capacity among Africa countries.
Africa socio-economic crisis: the economy of Africa consists of the agriculture, industry and trade. As of 2012, approximately 1.07 billion people were living in 54 different countries in Africa. Africa is natural resource-rich continent; unfortunately many African people are poor such that Africa is defined as world’s poorest inhabited continent. Africa demand a leader with strong visionaries, not opportunistic to nation resources, with passion of moving country’s economy into the favorable destination through proper management of natural resources to improve standard of living among the developing societies.
Overhang of debts: Accumulation of foreign debt amongst African countries has posed the challenges to country’s economic growth processes and this brings the picture of hopeless to most of African countries. The debts are not only slowing economic growth and increasing poverty; it is fomenting political upheaval by forcing these nations to neglect social and economic development in order to make payment. Public service like health services, infrastructures are poor because of poor investments.
African demographic trend: Increased age dependency ratio among sub-Saharan countries estimated as 84.27 in 2011 by World Bank indicating a low working group aged 15-65yrs, this affect the whole process of delivering a vision since small part of the population participate actively in economic activities with great government expenditure in supporting dependent population i.e. social security, health and education. Africa needs a leader who will fight seriously with demographic shift which is hindering the development process among Africa countries.
Africa’s education system: approximately 43 million school aged children are outside the formal education system in sub- Saharan Africa and quality education still remains a major challenge among African countries. Leading in Africa you are exposed to continent where more than half of parents are not able to help their children with homework just because of illiteracy and those who are enrolled receive low quality education because of unfavorable environment with deficit of accessories. This contribute to much failures among African countries in exploitation of natural resources like minerals, gas rather hire experts from outside world to exploit resource for us and paying them back the great amount of money.
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