The seventh-most elevated request of the nine-fold divine progressive system defines virtue, even more, close its emblem; promoting collective and individual greatness makes it moral excellence. Africa, her resources, and vast richness for a long millennium have been a boisterous global wealth but sadly to her might, the predicament and failure to reach a universal limit is bashful.
Today the Dark Continent can claim democracy in afar land and when the strongest country on earth was faced with wit and gruel in deciding which way democracy stood, a majority of African Americans saved their union, once again.
Pointing to this is one of Africa’s premier political dissidents, patriot, essayist, and scholar Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana. His epitaph mausoleum in
Nkroful reads the following powerful words;
“I am in the knowledge that death can never extinguish the torch which I have lit in Ghana and Africa. Long after I am dead and gone, the light will continue to burn and be borne aloft, giving light and guidance to all people.”
That Africa is a global village but also an envisioned torch peaceful and democratic unifying-recent events in the USA proving rightly.
When James Clyburn a member of the democratic house of Congress from South Carolina endorsed now USA president-elect, the media and many didn’t see his insightful impact in the endorsement. When he won the primary golf state, and later presidency, Joe Biden must have greatly acknowledged who propelled him to stardom. Such was the power of black African Americans and he was not alone.
Stacy Abraham of Georgia helped Democrats flip the state predominantly and traditionally republican since Bill Clinton in 1992.
She helped her party win two Georgia senatorial races, making the senate flip from red to blue-massively enabling the Dems to take control of the house and allow easy passage of bills and the president-elect’s agenda.
She will undoubtedly be my person of the year come rain come shine.
When the choice for the vice presidency came calling, it was a tough choice for Biden to make. African American Kamala Harris would emerge as the preferred choice and the rest as they say is history.
The fact that American was desperate to bring their perfect union together was not in doubt. The threat to their democracy was glare and laughable, the nation whose representatives are sent to every African nation during the election would become the nation of election disputes, claim of voter bribery, vote-rigging and voter suppression commonly attached to African countries was a déjà vu.
The hallmark test of American democracy in modern history was put to test on Wednesday afternoon after his agitators overpowered the Capitol Police and raged Congress, interfering with the affirmation of Joe Biden’s Electoral College win and tossing the U.S. Legislative hall into a dangerous winding of bedlam and savagery.
Such were scenes that the entire world watched with disbelief and awe as America, dubbed the ‘beacon of democracy and civility’ washed dirty to the gallery.
Many African countries and notably Zimbabwe president Emmerson Mnangagwa fired salvos of derision saying, “Last year, President Trump extended painful economic sanctions placed on Zimbabwe, citing concerns about Zimbabwe’s democracy. Yesterday’s events showed that the U.S. has no moral right to punish another nation under the guise of upholding democracy. These sanctions must end.”
These lessons are African moral stories put in actual accredit in America, would it be worth to emulate the same in our rich continent and hence claim rights not to rich material vastness and culture but also of the virtue of civility, decency, unity, and tolerance especially during elections?
Will the United States of America ever lecture Africa on the conduct of civility in an election again?
Africa should put a strong premium on the institutions mandated to carry out elections peacefully across its borders. The young continent in Africa from Chad to Mozambique, and from Senegal to South Africa, must know that it matters not where you live, or what rank of life you hold, the evil or the blessing will reach you all. The far and the near, the Home Counties and the back, the rich and the poor, will suffer or rejoice alike.
In this century especially in 2021, Africa must claim its rightful place in ensuring its occupants be the change we want to see and in foreseeable future, hopefully, we shall be the Pan African once envisioned by our forefathers.
A united Africa is a peaceful world. A patriotic citizen is a joy to the whole world. The beaming light shines bright and the fishermen grope home peacefully. The woodcutter is happy and the birds fly above the horizon. Our unity in diversity is our strength and in the words of Nelson Mandela, “It is not our diversity which divides us; it is not our ethnicity or religion or culture that divides us. Since we have achieved our freedom, there can only be one division amongst us: between those who cherish democracy and those who do not.”
The author, Dan Evans, is the president of Youths for Republic and a journalist.
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