If you have attentively watched the deep, captivating movie trailer of the "Hunger Games: Catching Fire," directed by Francis Lawrence, you'll agree that every true revolution truly begins with a spark. The gradual rising action in the trailer is exactly what the trailer was trying to do. The faster the tempo of sound, the higher the intensity of the tension surreptitiously generated in the listener - especially since the musical background continues to grow in potency. For these reasons, the ethos presented by the trailer is fierce and revolutionary.
It's that "fierceness," notwithstanding that I liken to the growing sense of restlessness in very many young Africans, fuelled by an acute awareness that our continent ought to be working efficiently after 60 years of post-colonial rule. These young Africans have bluntly refused to be bystanders and have pledged to be highly efficient movers in government, business, civil society, academia and other key areas of African nations. This degree of sagacity, I must say is already spreading bit by bit across the continent, inspired largely by what I call Spices of the Revolution – the situational precursor – the clear rationale why a new kind of African leadership must emerge.
Thomas Sankara, the revered leader of the Burkina Faso revolution in the 80s who was brutally assassinated in 1987, puts it like this: "You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. In this case, it comes from non-conformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future. It took the madmen of yesterday for us to be able to act with extreme clarity today. I want to be one of those madmen!"
Thus, all of us with a passion for Africa are presented today with a myriad of opportunities to revolutionise the continent - for we are the emerging leaders that must seize the prospects to fix our societies for good while overwhelmingly changing the terms of engagement driven by a red-hot determination to lead our development. By implication, we must swiftly desist from merely whining about the longevity of Africa's intransigent and awkward leadership deficits. We must look inside and look deeper for active and innovative ways of confronting the leadership crunch on the continent, bearing in mind that at the moment, many Africans are living in a very precarious period of growing discontent considering the appalling living conditions - a very deep sense of dissatisfaction arising from the forces that continue to drive the widening inequality gap between the "haves" and the "have-nots", largely as a result of decades of neo-liberal economic and social policies. A dilemma, we can and must do something about.
To be continued next week in "Africa: The Big Issue, Vol.1, Pt.3".
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Christian Aligba is the Founder & President of C.A.L.F Africa, a non-profit organisation that's keenly focused on developing and recognising the next generation of African leaders - helping to create a new narrative, a new normal, a new beginning: Better Leaders, Better Societies across Africa. Learn more@ www.calfafrica.org.
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