Thursday, 27 March 2014

AFRICA



Africa's pace of growth has been lagging behind from its counter-parts both in the pro and post-colonialism period. Therefore, it is the purpose of this work to discuss some of the mysteries and controversy surrounding this whole topic into four subtopics namely; geographical, social, economic and political.
           
In the first place, it is important to discuss Africa’s geographical location and its resources. Has Africa’s vast resources failed to lay a platform for major development, or maybe, are her resources a blessing or a curse to the population? Africa as a continent has experienced a record rash interest in its mining sectors from foreign investors who tend to explore for all minerals at hand, but still, the continent remains in total poverty. However, this leaves very less to be desired and rises many questions such as 'what form of trade is conducted’. 

With my little knowledge of trade, it is common knowledge to understand that trade always involves two parties; a buyer and seller who develop a mutual relationship based on the product. In the same manner, trade paves way to a network that creates a platform for mutual understanding on the product. With this in mind, it is disheartening to learn how Africa is denied such a platform to network with its business partners, hence, promoting unequal trade that favors investors. This unequal trade has been characterized by price-fixing and black-listing of the products with a number of sanctions therefore, violating the purpose of trade.  Furthermore, in all aspects, this is a form of civilized day-light robbery and some form of Robbing Hood though it’s vice versa because investors rob from the poor to empower the rich all in the name of fair trade.  

As a matter of fact, they is need for Africa to redefine its terms and conditions of trade in favor of its large population living under the poverty line. And these measures will ensure Africa a guaranteed dignity through independence because they is no dignity without freedom. This will be made available through preferred poverty in freedom to wealth in slavery which is aids. This whole idealism of 'preferred poverty in freedom to wealth in slavery' may seem too ignorant on all grounds but very beneficial on grounds that it eliminates the concept of dependence on donors hence a platform of equality in trade is created because nobody gives more or less. 

In fashion with the above, Africa as a whole has to encourage cross-border trade between neighboring countries as a possible solution to redeem its falling economies and weakening currencies. This is very typical, but very African from flesh to bone as we all know a famous say that states, ‘charity begins at home' hence laying our foundation on this say can be of great help in ensuring Africa conduct trade locally before conducting it internationally. Likewise, the is need for Africa to strengthen her financial institutions to fully facilitate its extra activities and prevent any form of regret, if not a generation marked with black-out recession and bankruptcy.

For Africa to experience a renaissance in all fields of work, there is need for a continental transformation in approach to small issues such as agriculture and trade because both are the cardinal things to ensure the expected renaissance for its visionary generation. And by all means, changing tides is what the continent is yet to experience and it is during these trying times that we are encouraged to learn more about our strength and weakness as a continental powerhouse that is able to sustain its population.

With much financial meltdown experienced than before, it is important for the sleeping giant to awake and found its  predestined place hence moving away from the concept of dependence on donors. However, if Africa was to develop an attitude of competing with its donors then a form of generational revolution will be sparked like a 'wild fire ‘because the donors have motives to satisfy from Africa and major interests to monopolize the whole structure of governance and trade. 
Africa, has to explore its potential and begin to break the chains of its relation to a ‘dark continent’ that nobody believes in.