Christianity, Africa’s Development, Civilization & Economy

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By Nneka Okumazie

What’s the difference between an African nation of 60% peace and another of 70% peace with different democracies – one of lengthy leadership and another of regular transition?

Why is it so easy to focus on what the president is not doing, while neglecting what else can be done to move the civilization forward?

People made the mistake of all blame for worse president and ruling class years ago, only to encounter more – ahead – with worst.

There was also the thought that it would take abundant stability, or democracy to achieve development, but it is not necessarily the case.

Let our party be in charge so we can rule is not the same with let us build our civilization – a growth goal beyond tribe, political party, election, religion, etc.

When Africans – or Blacks are not building the civilisation of others, is it not possible they aren’t building any civilization or building in vacuum for another to take advantage of?

It is possible to be involved with working activities but not supplementary to the superior survival of Africans or black people.

There’ve been cases of cruelty against black people around the world, with their justice system, refusals, torture, etc., which can also be interpreted as – keep your harm away from affecting our civilization.

It is possible there were some issues affecting Africa many years ago, like foreign exploitation, lack of credit, coup d’état, etc. but how much of that can truly hold Africa back now, with lots of options for development outside traditional channels?

There are peoples who’ve been exploited and defeated in the past but rose again to get back their civilization.

Most nations in Africa have industries across sectors where private people hold influence and could use their power to make changes for the society in building their civilization.

But no, everything is the president who owns the resources and has all the great workable ideas. Black people must see civilization as something to be done, not to build in vacuum or for others or seek personal satisfaction ignoring whatever may come for others.

Challenges for the world abound, but it is those who choose to build their own civilization that would almost likely remain ahead – not those who don’t see it, or mind where their effort goes.

[Proverbs 23:23, Get for yourself that which is true, and do not let it go for money; get wisdom and teaching and good sense.]

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