Africa is a beautiful place full of inspiration and scenery, as a people we are known to be happy despite all the tribulations we go through.
The question remains however what turns us to monsters sometimes? Case in point Liberia. We watched as our leaders turned us to monsters and made us kill each other.
In the 1990s, Liberia was torn apart by a civil war in which child soldiers fought for the guerrilla leader Charles Taylor. As an international court delivered its verdict on Taylor, i asked myself if that really healed the wounds of what happened at that time.
The child soldiers were fed lies and propaganda on how the country would be better with Charles Taylor as their leader. Drugs also played a major factor in turning these kids into monsters but over the years the country has realized significant changes with the recent appointment of George Weah as the country’s president.
It is hard to imagine a country more miserable than the Central African Republic, a potentially wealthy land that for much of its short history has been looted by its presidents, emperor and warlords and battered by rebellions and sectarian wars, the latest of which has been raging since March. A million people — nearly a quarter of the population — have fled their homes, and more than 1,000 have been killed in the past six weeks alone. So, to the degree to which they can offer any hope for this broken-down state, the announcement of a new interim president, a decision by the European Union to send a peacekeeping force and a pledge of half-a-billion dollars in humanitarian aid are all good news.
Africa will have the world’s fastest-growing economy during the next five years of any continent, according to the International Monetary Fund. Its forecasts also show that seven of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies will be African, with Ethiopia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Congo, Ghana, Zambia and Nigeria expected to expand by more than 6 per cent a year until 2023.
The world is starting to take notice: trade between Africa and the rest of the globe increased by 200 per cent between 2000 and 2011. As well as the usual exports of oil, natural gas and minerals, the sale of African-manufactured goods is also increasing. Over the past ten years, African manufactured output has doubled.
All it needs is peace and stability and Africa can be that promising continent.