Right Approach to African Problems
Right approach to African Problems. Africa is regarded by some scholars as the synonymy of problems that face individual in the continent. The task of taking people out of their problems lies in the hands of Africans themselves. in this short article, I take you through some of the approaches that could be used for poverty eradication.
Africa is the second largest continent and home of over 50 independent states. Africa is the cradle of human civilization and the richest continent in natural resources in the planet. Despite its great potentials, by many standards such as human development index, GDP growth rates, Freedom house index, Africa is the least developed region of the world (Human development Index 2014).
The continent was deliberately underdeveloped by external factors and in deliberately by internal factors (Sandbrook 1995). Exploitation of slavery and decades of colonialism derailed the continent from its development path, and post colonial African leaders failed to restore the continent to its former route (Bairoch 197, Rodney 1973, Sandbrook 1995).
Africa is not condemned to permanent underdevelopment; however, it is no longer time to continue blaming the west and staying on the past, it is time for the continent to find her soul and bounce back to her real position, hence the call for renaissance (Friver 2014). The continent can renaitre through the development of African thoughts that can be cultivated by the study of philosophy, science, economics and other inquisitive disciplines. Moreover, the continent can learn from the European renaissance too. Failure to cultivate home grown ideas and thinkers, the continent will continue to receive second hand thoughts that don’t suit the continent as they have no African roots and so the continent will remain underdeveloped.