I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.Charlotte Bronte
“Today Africa has emerged from its dark passage. Our Armageddon is past. Africa has been reborn as a free continent and Africans have been reborn as free men. Today, we look to the future calmly, confidently and courageously. We look at the vision of an Africa not merely free but united.”
These were the words spoken by the legendary Haile Selassie 1 on the 25th of May 1963, the day on which the Organisation of African Unity was founded.
Fast forward 50 years into the future, and the Organization’s vision of a free Africa has not yet been achieved; as like a leaking tap, many African citizens are still busy trickling out of the continent in search of greener pastures elsewhere.
Nearly 6 million people have left Africa between the years of 1960 and 2000. Many of whom chose to leave because the standard of living in Africa is just too low. This mass migration is largely due to the wars and countless conflicts that are running rife on the continent.
As a result of worrying statistics like 35 000 people dying in 2014 alone, many Africans no longer feel safe. They then decide to leave the continent in order to preserve their lives.
A large portion of the population that left Africa, left because they were searching for better employment opportunities as its really difficult to get a job here in Africa. And if you do get a job, then most likely it doesn’t pay you enough to live a decent life.
The situation is so dire that even i know a few individuals that have University Degrees, yet have somehow failed to find employment.
It is evident that many Africans leave because they no longer have faith in their Governments ability to have their best interests at heart, so they choose to move to places like Europe and the Americas. With statistics showing six out of the top ten most corrupt countries in the world to be in Africa, does this really come as a surprise?
When skilled individuals leave an area, it creates a ‘Brain drain’ in that specific area as there will be few or very little skilled people left. With many countries on the continent experiencing low levels of economic growth, we can no longer afford to let our citizens move abroad without a fight.
In order to stop or at least decrease the large numbers of people moving out of Africa, you as African leaders are going to need to work together to create more jobs for our people. Jobs that actually pay them enough to live comfortably.
Also, you are going to have to boot out leaders among your ranks that threaten the well being of African citizens. You are going to have to put leaders in power that have the best interests of African citizens at heart as well as those that have shown a high level of responsibility and accountability towards their actions.
Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that life on the African continent is very, very hard. Our leaders are corrupt, there’s conflict everywhere and the’re limited job opportunities for our people.
As a result, many of our fellow brothers and sisters have chosen to leave our beloved home behind. I cant imagine how heartbreaking that must be for them, which is why i would like to kindly ask if you, the leaders of Africa; can decide to endeavor to make Africa a place were all Africans can live prosperously, and not have to be forced to leave their home behind.
This was a challenging challenge. Speaking to a room full of African leaders has never been a cup of cake for anyone. Much less for me that has never been in a room with even one political leader.