Africa has seen revolutions happen before, but none like we have now. The impact of our previous oppressors still weighs heavily on the minds and hearts of those that had a glimpse or even had the ordeals of the past narrated to them by their fathers and grandfathers. To understand where we came from we need to embrace that which our ancestors so passionately struggled to achieve FREEDOM. Not only the physical freedom but that which I passionately advocate for Free Thought.
Free thought is a philosophical viewpoint which holds that positions about truth should be formed on the basis of logic, reason, and empiricism, and not authority, tradition, or other dogmas. The cognitive application of free thought is known as “freethinking”, and practitioners of free thought are known as “freethinkers”. The term first came into use in the 17th century to indicate people who inquired into the basis of traditional religious beliefs. Freethinkers are heavily committed to the use of scientific inquiry, and logic. The skeptical application of science implies freedom from the intellectually limiting effects of confirmation bias, cognitive bias, conventional wisdom, popular culture, prejudice, or sectarianism.
If this is held true in Africa and taught to generations over time, Africa will hail the rise of a new era of people not limited by where they come from rather by their own imagination. Change is imminent and the best way to deal with it is to adapt and use it to our advantage. Fortune favors the bold, and Africa is all about boldness. We are a proud people, which we don’t fail to show every time we get the chance. This pride should guide us to build better and more stable future that is guaranteed to propel us beyond the imaginable.
Most of the greatest inventions were held as mere fantasy by critiques, for instance the belief that man could one day fly with the birds in the sky, go to the moon, communicate without the need for wires, create a computer that could process millions of processes in microseconds, electricity, uranium (nuclear power) etc.
What holds Africa back is cheap politics and the theatrics that come with it. Education has been transformed into a luxury that very few can even afford. For the levels of education that are provided free i.e. primary and secondary where the quality of the education is questionable. A government that understands the importance of education can guarantee a better future for its citizen. Knowledge is important, for a society that lacks in knowledge is doomed. Oligarchs struggle for power and when they win, their sole ambition is to enrich themselves, family and their small circle of friends. We lack in both leadership and educated citizens that can call these governments to task.
Africa needs to change her pace and invest in her citizens, we might have trillions of dollars in resources but without the right people to manage it, it ends up as trillions in foreign pockets and millions in our poorly educated and seasoned “leaders”.