Africa’s tourism story; a well-kept secret

Late reggae legend Robert Marley summed it all up: “Africa is the richest place, but the poorest race”.

Well-nourished forests, rich mineral deposits, vast agricultural capabilities and scenic locations clearly depict the aesthetic power of nature that rests with us.

The desired projection of these features to the world has obviously not received the best of efforts as there is apparently more the world can learn from this continent.

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From Ghana to Kenya to South Africa and even across the Sahara, several components of our eco-tourism package are yet to be displayed to the world, though this could very well trigger a boost in the economic fortunes of the continent.

Tourism has been designated as the fastest growing enterprise in Africa.

In Ghana, the Ministry of Trade, in 1993, prepared a 15 –year tourism development plan, with support from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Tourism Organization, an institution that ranked Ghana 17th position in 1985 and 8th position in 1998, in a ranking system that catalogues tourism potentials of countries.

In the same country, tourism is rated the 3rd largest revenue earner after minerals and cocoa.

With all these and more, it appears Africa hasn’t done enough to showcase its treasures to mankind.

Colonial relics like fortes and castles could be bastions of the tourism capabilities of African countries if properly managed.

Water bodies, breathtaking landscapes and several artifacts with rich historical stories are available in their naturalness for visitors with a soft spot for nature.

The mosque and mystery stone at Larabanga (Northern Region), the “talking river” (Volta Region), Kakum Park (Central Region) and Paga crocodile pond (Upper – East Region) are but a few of the tourism hotspots in Ghana that can rake in unbelievable amounts of resources if the right steps are taken.

The Masais of Kenya and Zulus of South Africa have stories that people around the world would want to hear over and over again.

Africa has no excuse for penury. Looking within can stimulate a chain of events that would project us to where we deserve to be.

Our promised bliss by the West would continue to elude us if we choose to dance to a tune that has no rhythm for Africa’s progress.

The urgent need to harness the socio-cultural, economic and political factors that would kindle the needed oomph for growth has not been as urgent as it is now. We need to rise up.

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…and the merchants came to town

Commerce has been with the world since time immemorial.

From the times of the Stone Age and thereafter when barter trade was the preferred mode of acquisition of needed items, through till the period in history when the concept of currency was introduced as the medium of exchange, we have constantly sought for a mechanism to ensure that transactions are fair to both parties.

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Barter proved to be a smart way of getting what you wanted until the following challenges and more were identified:

  • Double coincidence of wants – this implied that each of the two parties needed to have what the other needed and that the respective quantities should have been judged to be proportional.
  • Movement of goods – Barter implied that goods had to be carted from one place to another. This proved to be inconvenient for the traders.
  • Lending – Lending became a major obstacle to barter as commodities were usually not identical, and as such, assessment of exchange was a challenge.
  • Saving – It became almost impossible to save as items were mostly perishable and as such, could not last for long.

These challenges and more stimulated the need to adopt a common medium of exchange that would be acceptable by all, and then, the currency question came in. With the advent of money, and later, electronic modes of payment for goods and services, traders could now work with each other in relative comfort.

But then came another phenomenon which necessitated the need to adopt written or established legal procedures to do business.

Some of these merchants, upon realizing the comfort the adoption of a common currency brought in, formed partnerships or agencies in a bid to pull human resources together, so as to ensure greater returns; principal-agent relationships became the order of the day.

Formation of a principal – agent relationship could materialize through several ways; listed below are a few of them:

  • By agreement – Two parties, the principal and the agent, either orally or in a written mutually – binding document, agree that they would transact business with each other, in accordance with the roles specified in the agreement policy.
  • By implication – This arises when no written or oral contract is prepared, but, the nature of the relationship between the two parties metamorphoses into a principal – agent liaison.
  • By necessity – A principal – agent relationship can also arise out of necessity, when one (the agent), as per the current events, may decide to act for or on behalf of the principal. This occurs, especially in an instance of perishable commodities.
  • By Estoppel – Here, a principal convinces a third party that he has in agent working on his behalf, which may not be true, but merely, indicated so, for the purpose of progress of the transaction. The “agent” is then “forced” to act on behalf of the principal, so that a condition may exist which would facilitate the execution of the transaction.
  • By ratification – The agent acts on behalf of the principal, though no such agreement has existed. The principal then agrees to formally accept the role the agent plays, so as to continue to do business with him.
  • By co – habitation – Co – habitants can assume principal – agent relationships without the need for an express formal agreement.

The law of agency creates the necessary working conditions for business relationships between a principal and an agent, and when the due process is followed to the letter, both parties immensely benefit from this relationship.

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The task of taxes

The prime intention of every business unit is to make a profit from its operations. Various forms, types and categories of businesses exist, and as such carefully selecting the right one that suits your taste may play an important role in the final outcome.

This is because every business, be it sole proprietorship, partnership or company has distinct features, and its accordingly taxed to that criteria. It is a legal obligation for every business established for the purpose of making profit to pay taxes.

These taxes are used for various projects and programmes which are all designed to assist in the growth and developmental efforts of the nation.

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Tax obligations are important features of our everyday life, and they come in various forms so that each of us can honour our tax duties.

There are two main forms of taxes i.e. Direct and Indirect taxes. Direct taxes are taxes levied on the income on the earner. The payer knows exactly how much is to be paid each month and as such can easily calculate what is supposed to be set aside as tax each month.

Types of direct taxes include Income tax, Company tax, Capital gains tax and Basic rate. Income tax is the most popular form of direct tax.

It is commonly referred to as PAYE (Pay As You Earn). The employer is expected to calculate and file the tax returns of each employee each month. Company tax is imposed on the profits of a company.

This is quite easy to identify and collect when records are properly kept.

Such taxes are paid only when the company makes a profit, and it is for this reason that some companies who wish to avoid such taxes often understate their profits levels in a bid to avoid this form of tax.

Capital gains tax is the kind of tax calculated on the gains made from the sale of the property.

The basic rate is the tax charged by authorities for developmental efforts. It is usually imposed on residents in a clearly defined metropolitan or communal area.

Indirect taxes are the kind of taxes indirectly paid by consumers of various goods and services.

The seller adds the tax percentage to the selling price of the commodity before it is made available to the customer.

Indirect taxes are a popular form of government revenue. Several reasons exist for the importation of indirect taxes, and some of these are

• To protect import – substitution (infant) industries

• To make imported commodities more expensive than locally – produced ones, so as to protect local industries.

• To discourage the patronage of goods branded detrimental to one’s health e.g. alcoholic beverages.

Various kind of indirect exist, and some of these are Excise duties, Import duties, Export duties, Petroleum tax and Sales tax. Excise duties are imposed on locally– manufactured goods and services.

This is often reflected in increased prices. Import duties, also known as Custom duties, are the kind of taxed imposed on imported goods and services.

This kind of tax assists in the generation of revenue as well as the controlling of the volume of good that come in from other countries.

‘Export duties are imposed on goods and services exported to other countries. These kinds of taxes are selected imposed, as taxes on certain goods and services are waived so as to encourage the patronage in that sector. This is in anticipation of the generation of more foreign exchange.

Petroleum tax is the tax imposed on petroleum products such as petrol, kerosene, diesel oil, liquefied gas and engine oil. There is usually a guaranteed volume of revenue due to the inelastic demand for the product.

This particular kind of tax imposition usually triggers a general price hike as various goods and services utilize petroleum products. Sales tax is the kind of tax imposed on goods and services that are sold to the public.

Almost all of these forms of tax affect businesses, and as such, it becomes necessary to sufficiently educate oneself in such matters before the assumption of business responsibilities so that one is not caught or prosecuted by the designated tax agencies.

It then becomes a matter of priority to conduct an analysis of the kind of tax your business is supposed to pay so that your bit could add to that of several others for a synergized tax collection and utilization system.

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Your dream team

A business unit that has stood the test of time usually has a secret; its employees are good at what they do and that just one side of the coin – the other side being the fact the necessary conditions of service to ensure the continuity of business growth are ever present.

We are well familiar with global brands and the nature of their ascent to the top of the corporate ladder.

Some of them carefully laid the solid foundation and gradually built upon it; others crawled for so long at a stagnant pace and then, out of the blue rose to the heights they presently enjoy.

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The sudden rise could be traced to several reasons amongst which are a huge financial input, an overhaul of operations, or the taking of a far-reaching decision that could make or break their fortunes into smithereens.

In all these, the fact still stays that the employees are the bastion of strength at the workplace; other factors like conditions of service or availability of working equipment are quite distant.

Your employees are the live wire of your business. Paying attention to their comfort, and invariably their output should be supreme on your mind.

The burning desire, taking into consideration this all – important resource at your disposal, should be how to effectively maximize the input of your team, so as to ensure that they perform as you want them to.

How to build a solid team requires no rocket science; you can easily do that with the strategies outlined below in mind:

  • Constant communication – information is necessary to help you stay ahead of the pack. There is the urgent need to create an aura of ease of information flow in all corners of your business, so that commendations, concerns and constructive criticism can be utilized for efficiency. Lack of appropriate information flow causes stagnation.
  • Elimination of bureaucratic procedures – We have all come to love simplicity. A bureaucratic setup moves at a slower pace as compared to one from whose processes for execution of duties constantly require fewer steps. The courage to lift up a telephone to speak directly to your employer would be a welcome relief for staff, as against booking of appointment dates long before for the same reason, assuming we can eliminate the abuse of such a privilege at the workplace.
  • Create group brainstorming sessions – 21st century business giants prefer talents and ideas to the old order of doing things. The ability to rock the boat, and come out with an idea that could propel your business to higher heights greatly benefits your business. Some businesses are afraid of taking risks, and so to play it safe, would prefer to stick to old – fashioned methodology, forgetting that innovation moves at a great speed. A brainstorming session creates more room for ingenuity and assists your business in several ways. The old adage still applies – “Two heads are better than one”.
  • Listen more – Yes you are the boss, which is well – known. Yes, you are the one in the position to issue directives, which is understood. But it really pays more to listen carefully to what your team has to tell you. Lend a listening ear to them, and you would be amazed at what you could learn from them. Success rests on team effort.
  • Hard work and sacrifice – Unless with a well – formed motive in mind, employees hardly out – perform their bosses in terms of decision – making or execution of duties. The one above needs to go that extra mile to ensure that tasks are performed as responsibility falls on such an executive if things don’t go as planned. Give your subordinates that impression of hard work and sacrifice on your part, and they would be tempted to follow suit; a temptation that would really work in your favour.

Leadership has always been about motivating your subordinates to, with a team spirit reach a destination with you.

Get to work on the suggestions listed above, and watch your business soar.

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Preparing for the job market

Always plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark” – Richard C. Cushing

It is a natural phenomenon everywhere that any individual who does not put his hands (abilities, knowledge, capabilities, talents) to use, suffers the likelihood of being a pauper.

People who fail to put their abilities, knowledge, capabilities, or talents to active use are often christened, “lazy” and not hardworking. Diligent individuals wouldn’t want to be associated with such people.

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It is in this light that most people from all walks of life seek to work assiduously to enable them to put food on the table, pay the fees, and settle the bills and some debts.

While some move out to various companies within the private and public sectors, others try to make a conscious effort to put their entrepreneurial skills to work by creating something themselves.

Whichever path one would take, there’s one thing that pops up which is extremely important: PREPARATION.

Good preparation before entering into the job market gives an individual advantage, boosts confidence levels and erases every trait of fear, doubt and uncertainty. Below are some tips that might help you prepare adequately.

Study the job market. Find out what jobs are “hot” right now and which are not. This can be done by researching by using online search engines, such as Hotjobs.com or Craigslist.com.

Not only will you have a better idea of the jobs and careers that are hot now, but you will also know what employers are looking out for in potential candidates. For instance, if you’re going into publishing, potential job offers in that field will state what they’re looking for in terms of requirements and experience.

Bear in mind, “hot” doesn’t necessarily mean highly competitive. A highly competitive job market will make it harder for you to get your foot through the door. “Hot” can also mean a new field that is opening up in the job market.

These types of careers are ripe for fresh recruits. Check with your career counseling center at your school to determine what careers will offer the best opportunities for you and your career goals.

  • Do an internship. Internships not only give you valuable work experience, but they also provide you with contacts and references when you enter the job market. Though education is important, potential employers are much more impressed with a job applicant who has had real experience in the workforce. It gives them a sense of your strengths and potentials as a worker.
  • Use your contacts to find work. Contacts can be anyone. They can be people you’ve met while interning, or they can even be family members. For instance, a family member can be useful in searching what companies are hiring. This can be a great way to know about immediate job openings.
  • Know yourself. Make a list of your strengths and weaknesses as a potential employee. Get a clear assessment of your worth in the job market. This will help you better articulate what you have to offer to potential employers as you interview for jobs. It will also give you a chance to capitalize on your strengths and work on your weaknesses. Sometimes, in order to get a job, you’re going to have to break out of your box and try and experience new things. Getting a clear assessment of your strengths and weaknesses allows you to determine what you need to work on first before you schedule your first job interview.
  • Learn how to write a good CV (curriculum vitae)/resume. This is the opportune time to learn (if you’ve never attempted to write one) or perfect your writing of a good CV/resume. A winning CV/resume will always get a potential job candidate through that first hurdle: the job interview. There are plenty of books and websites online that can help you build the perfect, attention-getting CV/resume. The most important thing to remember while building your CV/resume is to always put your best face forward. You want to attract attention, so highlight your strengths (work or educational experience or volunteering) upfront.
  • Attend job fairs and career seminars. Attending job fairs or career seminars help prepare you in diverse ways once you enter the job market and give you an indication of what to expect. Learn how to do a job interview. Find out what you should or shouldn’t say during an interview, how to dress, what type of questions to ask and any pre-interview preparations you should do (for instance, researching the company where you’re applying for work).
  • In putting up a structure (for example, a building), the state of the foundation will determine how the structure is going to last or how strong it will be. Just imagine what would be the fate of a soldier who is not well prepared before battle or an athlete, before the start of a major event, or more still a student before the start of an exam. Your guess is as good as mine. You need to spend more researching into a whole lot of stuff-some outside of your domain-and involves hard work. Your level of preparation would enable you to make that positive mark for yourself and impress wherever you go. Brace yourself and get ready to do some serious preparation. Finally, don’t forget the Supreme Being. No matter the faith you belong to, commit your ways into Him and He would definitely see you through.
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Office politics; your vote is your power

Politics is all over, to the extent that it has filled every facet of our lives; from the market in Makola to the school in Bumpurugu yoyo and even the church in that little neighborhood.

It might not stick out like a sore thumb as compared to those running for public offices but the truth still remains that even in its subtleness in these quarters, it can still be felt.

Politics has crept slowly into our offices even though there aren’t posters of the aspirants; neither are there slogans or catch phrases for them.

To a large extent, the MBA (Me Ba Ha Ats3) holders tend to resist change most of the time oblivious of the fact that the only thing that doesn’t change is change itself.

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Hence, MBA holders tend to resist change most of the time and are quick to stand in the way of any new entrants who try to challenge the status quo.

Of course, this would undermine their efficiency and project the new kids on the block as “outside the box” thinkers.

The various cliques in the offices tend to lobby for transfers, promotions, and pay raise among others.

Are you wondering why they do these? Well that makes two of us! Let’s not crack under the strain of trying to explain the inexplicable; the mysteries of the corporate world make it more fun.

One thing is certain, not only does this phenomenon breed bootlickers, sycophants and talebearers, it also confers PhD (pull him/her down) degrees on certain employees who wear these titles like a badge of honour.

What makes politics even worse in the offices is that it reflects in the appraisal results of some employees.

It then becomes predictable when employees who’re in the boss’ good books or are part of his/ her circles are identified when there is a vacancy for a positive recommendation.

What happens to those employees who are diligent, effective and productive yet are not in any sort of cliques to push their agenda?

Such employees most often than not mark time in the same position till they slip into a career plateau state.

Apart from the tangible reward (money), such employees get from their effort; there isn’t much to show for their dedicated services over the years.

Tell you what, the degrees of punishment meted out to employees for the same offence even reels of politics.

I guess you are wondering if it’s that bad and why should this be the case! The answer is obvious- politics!!

The cancer is eating away at the credibility of appointments and promotions in our offices even if such elevations are on merit.

Who can be audacious enough to bell the cat and stem the politics in the bud? The Human Resource Managers who are to act as employees’ advocates and ensure that a level playing field is created for all employees have been turned into puppets by top executives who pull the strings to have their whims and caprices carried out.

Can you blame the Human Resource Manager for being caught up in the middle? Oh, politics, from whence thou springeth from?

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Pleasure, pride…pain

You are described as a good employee when you follow the requirements of your job description to the letter.

Often, a form of reward comes your way to motivate you to keep up the good work when your efforts assist in the attainment of overall corporate objectives.

Such an employee is often recommended as a model worker whose positive traits should be adopted.

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Management, upon recognizing and rewarding the efforts of such an employee, expects a two-pronged result; the individual in question to raise up efforts a notch higher, and others around to realize that a determined effort to assist in the overall growth and development agenda of the organization is duly recognized and rewarded.

And this is where the slippery ground comes in.

Such an employee is tempted to conclude that he has the Midas touch to stimulate a course of action that is recognized by the higher authorities, as compared to co – workers who may be doing their bit.

To conclude that their individual effort was the determining factor in the success story initiates a trend that might prove to be catastrophic if preventive measures are not employed.

Pride, when sealed fuels the trip down a road to shame when care isn’t taken to adequately manage the repercussions of ideas that may overwhelm the employee in question.

Various studies have been assembled to determine the general triggering factor behind human activity.

In the first few weeks on a job, the average employee works with a level of zeal that is usually admired.

The immediate superior would certainly notice and (correctly) assume that that is usually a characteristic of new brooms.

Time flies and the question of whether it is a natural attitude of the individual or the usual “early days enthusiasm” of every new employee is certainly answered.

If it turns out to be a natural mannerism, the worker is applauded and often recommended in the event of a promotion or a similar benefit. This facilitates a speedy rise up the corporate ladder, especially if the required know-how is added as well.

The higher one progresses in a working environment, more responsible that individual is expected to become.

Characteristics that should be exhibited by a superior should be those that would compel the subordinate to work hard in expectation of rewards that may have been awarded the superior in the course of his ascent to the top.

It is in such an instance that the lower-ranked worker activates his ambitious acumen in anticipation of recognition of a sort which may compel him to go the extra mile in the future.

A personal, constantly assessed desire to reach the highest echelons of power in a corporate setup is a natural want of all who find themselves engaged in a form of employment.

A probable notice of the pleasures that a superior executive enjoys motivates those in the lower ranks to work their way up, with hard work and strategy.

Pride, in a sense, is a natural by-product of efforts that result in success. It is normal for every employee to realize that they were either part of or the motivating force behind a result that projects the business in a positive light.

The inability to manage the after-effects of actions is the catalyst for danger all should be wary of. Being proud of your achievements is only half the story.

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The 360-degree student

Academic institutions the world over have gradually added a new twist to the educational package prepared for students; various extracurricular activities are embedded into the educational system in order to serve the dual purpose of identifying innate talents as well as preparing the student to fit into the world after school.

The present state of affairs is a giant step from times past when the raison d’être for student being in school was purely academic work and little else.

From sports through drama to intellectual contests that bring out desired qualities in participants, it expected that one is fully oriented towards the expectations of life outside the walls of the institution.

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The smart student who takes advantage of such activities finally leaves the institution prepared in several capacities to face the challenges of the corporate world.

Realizing the fact that corporate business takes into consideration not only the level of expertise for the task, but that extra skill, comes in as an added flavor to present you as the most viable option in the lot.

Businesses of today are in search of employees who can display multitasking skills with a degree of finesse.

The employer would certainly be glad if you could adopt mechanisms that can increase revenue and cut down cost, as that is the condition that would stimulate desired success.

Your ability to assume varying kinds of responsibilities transforms you into a worker who can quickly ascend the corporate ladder, and for such a situation to materialize, it behooves on you to appropriately groom yourself as you pass through the walls of the educational institution.

The academic work aside, various opportunities exist in areas of leadership and teamwork.

Aspirants for political offices invariably sharpen their oratory and public relations skills; they learn how to connect to the eligible voters with ease, and this attitude stays with them if properly groomed.

Life as a student presents various opportunities for personal growth and development.

The disadvantaged student is the one who focuses on academic work and nothing else, as the growing trend in the business reflects the need for wannabe employees who are, not focused on the job at hand, but several other areas of business care such as appropriate ways to handle customer complaints, good human relations as well as a wide range of tastes when it comes to dress-code, in the event of the situation where one isn’t expected to be in a pre-defined attire whenever duty calls.

Acing all the other, often neglected opportunities that come with campus life is an a error that must be avoided at all cost, as the 21st century criteria for selection for a job certainly involved skills that may not be assessed by the certificate presented as evidence for qualification for the job in question.

The chance to add value to yourself and reach the pinnacle of success beckons to those who are smart enough to realize the inherent gains in such a direction.

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Maintaining a balance

The world is really moving at a fast pace, you either catch up or lag behind. Economic conditions have forced some parents to outdo themselves just to keep their families catered for.

A man’s desire to give his family the best of life thrust him into work at the expense of spending time with the people whose lives he’s trying to better.

Unfortunately, this phenomenon is gaining ground in the twenty-first century.

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The corporate man gets to the office very early at a time when his children are still in bed. His day starts off with breakfast at his desk; something which is not unusual in the corporate world.

Oh, just so you know, lots of eating behind the desk go on in the office and coupled with their sedentary lifestyle you can’t blame him for the paunch that has obscured his designer belt.

During the weekdays, he’s cooped up in the office and the only time he makes time for the family is during weekends when there is no social engagement.

One cannot help but sympathize with families whose head is married to his work and they (the family) are always playing second fiddle to the man’s job.

Being a second class citizen in your own home isn’t a very pleasant experience.

Has anyone ever seen a man on his death bed wishing he spent more time at the office than with people who cared about him?

The wheels of life need to be managed in such a way that they will be in harmony with each other-this is the beauty and essence of life!!

Former British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, had a point when he said “one thing that has driven more men mad than love is the currency question (money)”.

But the truth is, there is a limit to what money can do- for example, money can buy you a house and not a home, it can buy you food not appetite among others.

As head of the family, the man is expected to provide for the family but this should not be at the expense of spending quality time with the family whose lot you are trying to better.

No amount of success in one’s corporate or public life can offset or compensate for the failure in one’s private or family life.

In as much as it takes dedication, devotion, diligence, honesty, staying on top of your game, motivation, attitude, character among others to excel at our chosen vocation; these same traits should be translated into our personal lives in the same magnitude so that one does not short change the other.

One cannot have enough of money, the more you have the more you want!! Life is all about people, make them count while alive!!!

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The African mystery

“The chains of a habit are too weak to be felt till they are too strong to be broken” – Dr. Samuel Johnson.

Africa, to legendary reggae musician Robert Nesta Marley, is the richest place, but the poorest race. Such an assertion is not far from right.

Great minds, the world over, continue to wonder how this comes to be. However, in this seemingly puzzling phenomenon, once culprit stands out supreme – LEADERSHIP.

African leaders, both past and present have continuously failed Africa. They burst onto the scene with great plans and ideas – plans that seem perfect in theory, but lack practical substance.

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Along the line, something goes terribly wrong – the quest for personal glory sets in; there is now a change in strategy; amassing of wealth and other evil vices come into play and the ordinary man is left worse-off.

Some African countries have at several points in time been plunged into ethnic wars and clashes simply because some once-great leaders have let go of their visions and followed the pleasures of wealth.

Africa’s blessings are for all to see, but then after many years of independence from colonial rule, the West continues to play a crucial role in our sustenance.

It sometimes becomes necessary to dance to their tune, simply because they own and operate the means of survival.

The blame squarely falls on the shoulders of our leaders. In some contexts, leadership in Africa has become an opportunity to increase personal wealth and in that vein enhance social and economic status.

Plans, programmes, ideas and policies are exchanged during meetings. Strategies for implementation are drawn.

Roles are effectively distributed. So questions remain to be answered: WHAT EXACTLY GOES WRONG IN THE PROCESS? WHY ARE WE STILL WHERE WE ARE?

Any hope for the future – a strong yes. It all begins with a change in attitude. To Emile Herzog “If you create an act, you create a habit; if you create a habit, you character; if you create a character, you create a destiny”

Leaders should see their offices as an avenue to improve the lot of their brethren, not a self-seeking opportunity.

Great leaders are chief servants and with this philosophy in mind, we can experience tremendous progress if the right measures are put in place.

Kenneth Kaunda, a former President of Zambia, is quoted to have once said that: “Whilst the whites are advancing, the blacks are dancing”.

As much as we desire to offload the core of the blame to West and its allied powers, we need to assess ourselves as African s and find out if we are doing that which is expected to us.

A thorough self-assessment and the implementation of workable projects and policies would surely kick-start our wheels of progress. We have been waiting for too long.

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