2011: The Political Year for Africa

 

Editor-In-Chief

AFRICA has been on the world radar lately, starting early this year with the inevitable resignation of Egypt’s fourth president Hosni Mubarak, after  18 days of demonstrations by the Egyptian population. This month, our eyes have all been captured by the ongoing turmoil in Lybia, where the president Muammar Gaddafi has defied his own people in the fight for the throne. After losing losing much of his country to rebels and experiencing mass defections, Gaddafi defiantly vowed to “die a martyr” if necessary in his fight to maintain power.
Yes, let us not forget Tunisia last December 2010, following Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation in protest at police corruption and ill-treatment. The middle east and North Africa is on fire politically, and this flame may grow and spread throughout other African countries, as people realize that there is a power in unity and togetherness. It’s evident that the current African leaders have lost their power to control the media, which is now accessible by all means - cellphones, computers, ipod, ipad, you name it. The people have become the reporters. The truth is out, and it’s singing like the fat lady.

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[PROFESSION] What to expect next for Africa? Who knows...one thing for sure is that we are in the brink of a major change politically for Africa. And if I was an African leader, I will start taking notes, as my future will depend on the next upcoming months.
Some key points on my notes will be:
1) Listen to your people and understand that they have the power to rise and overturn your once considered indestructible governance.
2) Encourage debates and talks in order to make your people feel at ease to express themselves without reprocaution.

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3) Leave. Read the signs early and step down gracefully so that you may retain your dignity, rather than lose it all by trying to fight the very same people that you were called to lead. Even if you win, what should you expect back from your people? Cheers and Celebration?
2011 can officially be iconized as the Political  Year for Africa. We are bracing ourselves for more changes and hopefully peaceful ones with positive outcomes to move Africa forward. I pray that this political wave brings out new leaders that will be able to stand for their people and put them first before themselves.
Best regards,

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