By Olugbenga Adesida, Arunma O. Oteh
Does Africa have a destiny? What are the visions, hopes, objectives and fears of younger Africans for the way forward for the area, the continent, their country, and their groups? How do they envision this international and their roles inside it? those concerns haven't formerly been explored jointly via Africans as a result huge, immense demanding situations and the preoccupation with the current. yet Africa must never permit the enormity of the issues to blind it to its prior and destiny. Africa needs to chart its personal imaginative and prescient of a fascinating destiny, and consequently younger Africans, born ahead of or after independence, have been challenged to mirror at the way forward for the continent. This e-book offers the reaction to that challenge.In this ebook, the voices of a brand new new release of Africa are heard exploring the long run from own and various views. The authors have enumerated the ills of Africa, analyzed the issues and explored the possibilities. Remarkably, regardless of the daunting nature of the demanding situations, they have been all hopeful in regards to the destiny. They supplied their visions of the long run, recommend a number of principles on the way to construct a brand new Africa, and implored Africans to take accountability for the transformation of the continent. Given the present emphasis on African renaissance and union, the tips offered right here might develop into the root for a really shared imaginative and prescient for the continent.
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Creation of technical centers for promoting basic mechanization and providing repair services for farming equipment and (notably animal traction) and other farming tools. – Creation of management centers to train farmers in bookkeeping as well as the preparation of various banking, fiscal and administrative documents. – Establishment of rural mutual funds based on communal savings principles known as tontines in francophone West Africa. This helped reverse the trend towards urbanization, through a vast rural settlement program made possible by the support program for improving standards of living in the rural areas.
While the desired is highly optimistic, the probable is modest. The degree of pessimism is tolerable. This is somewhat good news for the continent. All is not lost and there is a glimmer of hope. The road to achieving the desired future seems to be very rough and tortuous, requiring immense committed efforts on the part of governments, institutions and individuals. There is a dire need for institutional as well as attitudinal changes if ever the desires are to be met. However, current efforts and expected changes in the region in terms of structure and governance point to the existence of a silver lining on the dark clouds; and there is light at the end of the tunnel.
On the eve of the second millennium, Africa was, more than ever, in search of its bearings. The Afro-pessimism storm had subsided but at least, it still provided greater awareness of a number of issues, and two observations can be made in this regard: – Africa’s economic weight both in terms of the creation of wealth and trade was virtually insignificant. 3 And yet a quick review of history shows that this had not always been the case. ” As the cradle of humanity, Africa remained at the cutting edge of progress throughout the pre-historical period and during a greater part of antiquity.