Monday, 29 December 2014

AFRICA: FAMOUS FOR THE WRONG REASONS



How I long for a day that an African (who resides and works in Africa, not relocated to other continents) or African firm could start a scientific revival that will be praised and heard overall the world. Historically, Africa has never witnessed or been involved in a scientific research at first hand and that statement can be proven by taking a look at written history record to date to confirm it.

But all along, Africa has been known for the wrong reasons in general and it is the purpose of this piece of work to highlight some of the 'famous for the wrong reasons' the continent of Africa and its people are known for. May I state that, experimental researches conducted on African have not been put in account when writing this article, because those researches used African as tools or experimental objects, not as brains engineering the research.

On the 4th of June, 2014, a British newspaper carried a story of a Ghanaian watch doctor claiming to have caused footballer Cristiano Ronaldo's knee injury. The watch doctor who is believed to be so influential in his line of operation, is believed to have planned the injury four months ahead, because his native country Ghana was to face Portugal at the world cup. The story was a 'big shot', but a joke in the sense that, it exposed Africa’s weakness in not wanting competition and people's finger were crossed with curiosity of wanting to see what the end results of the game.

Therefore, after weeks of speculation, on the 26th June, 2014 Ghana was beaten by Portugal by 2 goals to 1 and to everybody's amazement the 'bewitched' Cristiano Ronaldo was on the score sheet with the decisive second-half winner goal. For now I believe readers out there can agree with me that sometimes, African are made famous for the wrong reasons and I am willing to prove more on the topic at hand.

Furthermore, in line with the above topic, not long ago, the Malawian's Weekend Nation newspaper carried a story that made a shocking revelation on the 16 of August that led to some people being arrested as a result. According to the revelation, it was believed that some local brewers are producing traditional gin known as 'kachasu' by fermenting maize husks with antiretroviral drugs (ARV).

More to that, it was also discovered that chicken farmers too were part of this scam of feeding their chickens with the antiretroviral drugs (ARV) meant for only HIV positive patients. This revelation is so shocking and sad because most parts of Malawi and Africa at large have been experiencing a shortage of this much-needed drug commonly known ARV for patients. And in my own analysis, this story does not only qualify to be on my list of 'famous for the wrong reasons' countdown, but I believe this story exposes the ignorance and drug insecurity in our hospitals.
And at this point I believe this article is incomplete without mentioning some of our leaders such as Idi Amin or Mobutu Sese Seke. To cut the long story short, Idi Amin indeed is famous son of the continent, though he is famous for the wrong reasons. It is believed that, during his reign they kind of leadership was characterized by corruption, nepotism, political oppression, tribal persecution and economic mismanagement.

Despite his brutal attitude and lack of humor, at least Idi admin was once famous for his official state claim of being the uncrowned King of Scotland even though he was an African who knew less about his beloved kingdom of Scotland and I will be considered a failure if I went ahead writing this article without mentioning his official title which is, 'His Excellency, President For Life, Field Marshal Al Haji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular', a beautiful title that signifies strengthen and maturity, but Mr. Dada lacked the responsibility of his title.

Yet again, I must say Africa as a continent has won itself a crown 100 times in a row or even more, for being famous for the wrong things in 2014. With a population of 1.11 billion, Africa has done it again in 2014, not only did we have Ebola the second biggest epidemic from the motherland after AIDS. Terrorism and economic security made headlines with two groups Al-Shabaab flaming east Africa while Boko Haram bombarded West Africa Nigeria in particularly. This in all aspects was a crisis because the image and potential of the continent was damaged.

In a nutshell, Africa has potential to be a global powerhouse, if only the African people realize their worth and endure a positive change that suits the 21st century and empowers its young hungry generation, then the concept of 'famous for the wrong things' will be eliminated completely.



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Yours
Sishumba Musanda