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Hope, Africa’s Only Potential For A Continental Salvage



A picture of African map
A picture of an Africa map

Hope, such a small word but with so much potential. Africa, needs it so badly and more badly than any other continent. Our heritage will remain our heritage. We are blacks and we would forever be blacks. Nothing is more devastating when you want to do so much but can’t because you just can’t. It’s like having so much to say, yet when you open your mouth, nothing comes out.  The frustration of wanting to shout hey! I have something to offer but when given the opportunity you can’t do anything better than those who are quiet and have always been quiet. We need a revolution, and this revolution should be built on whatever system is holding us back and the need for this system to be pulled down. It is time our leaders begin to talk. It is time our leaders begin to also contribute their quota by pulling down any pacts signed to prevent Africa from reaching its peak.

We are who we are because our story existed, and will only continue to exist, if we also put in the right narrative. African leaders are not greedy, we label them so because they are unable to take our continents to where we want it to be. We label them thieves and corrupt officials because we feel they take decisions that are unfavourable to us citizens and the continent. But I would not like to blame them for the decisions they take but I would for their secrecy. I would blame them for being quiet because they feel obligated to keep silent and be called so because of the oath they took to keep things swept under the carpet like their predecessors. If Africa can be revolutionalised, it would begin with its leaders. Leaders who really want change for which they embarked on serving their nation, yet are seen to be messing up because there is something wrong and happening which needs to be addressed, before they can reach their full function. It is very clear they are unable to talk about it. They are unable to share our very own problem that can lead to us reaching our peak and standing tall with other continents.

I call out our leaders, that the blood shared, which is monumised on our various flags should be enough to make us openly discuss the main reason impeding our growth. We can only grow as a continent if the leaders start to be more open with it’s populace to find ways of addressing the secret in the cupboard which has forcefully made us slaves in times past and now, with the people, willing to be slaves themselves. We can make Africa better for ourselves, for our children, and for generations yet unborn.

Such a beautiful continent with it’s intellectuals fleeing, ever willing to desert it for another. Let us sit and discuss, find a better alternative to make other continents want to be in Africa, let us make Africa, a better place for people to immigrate and make it their permanent place of residence. I listen to our people speak of how the majority of Africans are illiterates and need a change of mentality. We need nothing of such sort. If we are to consider the number of Africans who are literate, we would be baffled. Every continent has a couple of people who are still not enthused with education, so, we have no right to belittle our people, or our heritage. We should talk of our achievements and how far we have come, although we have been stifled and have had to fight our ways through it. This is the Africa we should talk about. We should be proud and seek to address whatever system that makes passionate leaders thirsting for change become puppets. We should seek to address why we see our leaders frustrated because it seems there is no way out. Indeed, we need to speak out now for a better tomorrow. Our leaders must not stay quiet. Leaders would come and go, but the continent would exist, it would exist with a system that would continue to make us and the generations unborn ashamed of our heritage, ashamed of the decisions our leaders couldn’t take on our behalf and ashamed that there was no leader brave enough to say: To hell with the system, I stand with the continent.

Our hope we place in God, and our hope we place in the leaders, to take decisions in favour of the continent and stand tall to fight the “alone ” battle.

Paulina Atenei Anaba is a Ghanaian freelance journalist and blogger, an entrepreneur, and a french tutor at Gbewaa College of Education. She is currently writing for Ghana's vibrant entertainment blog, and her personal blog, She holds a degree in English and French from U.C.C. A Masters degree in French (Linguistics) from the University of Ouagadougou. she is a team player and can work under any circumstance.Contact her on 0549614358 and to publish articles in your community and also to help promote and upload songs as well on our page. For your translations from French to English and vice versa, contact her.

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