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Africa: The Big Issue, Vol.1, Pt.4

Post by Chris Aligba #FutureNow #Series

· Africa,Leadership,Heart X Mind

Inspired by the widespread optimism of transformative growth following the UN's Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and African Union's 2063 Agenda, Africans are becoming more ardent than ever before in engaging and charting the road ahead for their respective countries and Africa. With the upsurge in enthusiasm aimed at capitalising on the growth prospects of Africa while addressing today's challenges, pressure for change is building up taking cognisance of the fact that poverty and inequality remain intractable realities across the continent. Evidently, fast, bold, inclusive and equitable growth is on the horizon. But let's face it: the stakes are high.

Against the backdrop of the heightened degree of social exclusion across Africa; commodity over-dependence, poverty, the ominous and pig-headed unemployment crisis, and other dire socioeconomic imbalances, what would it take to transform today's growth spurt resulting from the 15-year implementation period of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) into shared prospects for Africans living and working on the fringes of today’s trapped economic landscape?

There is no doubt that there is a myriad of strategic action plans put forward by many African governments, but the big concern is, "Are these strategic plans mostly centred on substance or on making a show?" There’s a saying in Spanish, which says, "mucho ruido y pocas nueces." It means, all talk and no action; that's descriptive of the typical African complacent leadership. As a consequence, Africans have become severely allergic to excessive talk from the "suspicious politicians" and leaders in the seat of power - who have the responsibility of finding the balance between talk and action. Given this logical cynicism which is due to the caustic experience of consistently seeing leaders abuse their leadership mantles, Africans urgently require a kind of "make-it-happen" leadership: a breed of conscientious and focused leadership that's an ample force for championing African-led solutions on a transformative scale; this, I think is the kind of required leadership we need to embrace quickly - one that we must all seriously see to its early emergence and permanence - at all levels of society.

That said, as with every progress comes the duty to do more. Africa's growth spurt today should be seen as more or less a catalyst - leverage - an active stance, and a welcome development. However, we need to understand that the gap between Africa's growth today and future growth is massive. For many, there seems to be no connexion in sight to unite the two ends, at least in the present. The question then is: "Do we fold our arms and expect the future to come to us?" Not a chance.

To be continued in "Africa: The Big Issue, Vol.1, Pt.5."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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