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Our dying world: Africa

Updated on October 17, 2011


The Origin of our problems


“The human population in Africa is increasing rapidly,” admits Zambian Richard Bell in the book Conservation in Africa, “but the overall population density is still relatively low except in certain localized concentrations.”

Diseases, wars, devastating droughts, international poaching operations, civil wars, and neglect of rural peasants all contribute to the devastating state of Africa. Flooding, erosion and the rapid growth of the continent’s human population are other factors hastening Africa’s decline.

“True, some parts of Africa, especially around the cities, are overpopulated. Also, rural regions are overgrazed by the livestock of many peasant farmers. For example, consider the populous regions of Venda, Gazankulu, and Kangwane, which border Kruger National Park.


These black homelands were formed as part of South Africa’s former apartheid policy and have population densities of from 180 to over 250 persons per square mile [70 to 100 per sq km]. Traveling through these regions on the way to enjoy a vacation in Kruger National Park can be disturbing”*.

“Communities who live on the borders . . . are poor, mostly unemployed and starving,” explains the South African newspaper Sowetan. “The animals,” notes another local newspaper, The Natal Witness, “live in lush splendor on their side of the fence.”

Copyright – Ubani Alexander Chijioke

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      6 years ago from Lagos

      Dear Thomas, Your words re grand and meaningful. True talk! Thanks.

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      ThomasRydder 

      6 years ago

      True enough..but enough words-written in the right places-might yet a difference make.

    • ubanichijioke profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      6 years ago from Lagos

      Thanks Thomas for the kind and wonderful comment. It is well appreciated.

      However, until the condition of Africa takes a new turn for good, writing about its suffering[s] and woes is our major source of audience.

      Be blessed

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      ThomasRydder 

      6 years ago

      Good morning, Ubani, my friend!! So much has been written about the plight of the animals of Africa (which is admittedly a dire situation in itself), but the suffering of its people does not get the attention it deserves. Happy to see such an eloquent and graceful writer taking up their torch. Their cause is strengthened by your pen :)TR

    • ubanichijioke profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      6 years ago from Lagos

      Thanks tirelesstraveler. I sure will check it out. It is a pleasure to hear from you. Be blessed

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      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Read my article on Occupy Wall Street or World Challenge. Then vote, It is companies like the ones in the BBC World Challenge. They have solutions for Africa a diverse and beautiful continent

    • ubanichijioke profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      6 years ago from Lagos

      Dear Binaya, it is just sad news and helpless situation we find ourselves. A day shall come for the end of all these problem[s]. Hope is on the way, we pray.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      Recently I read an article by a western scholar who said Africa is a scare in the human civilization. I felt anger and frustration because we also share same problems.

    • ubanichijioke profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      6 years ago from Lagos

      Dear happyboomernurse, am glad to read your wonderful comment. It really left me in a cheerful mood. Sorry for taking time to reply[am having internet connection problem] be blessed!

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      I agree with Thelyricwriter who has expressed himself so eloquently that nothing more needs to be said except that I like when you write about Africa because even though you are very clear about the problems it faces, your love of Africa still shines through and I learn a lot about it from the things you write.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

    • ubanichijioke profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      6 years ago from Lagos

      Wow! That was amazing. I feel delighted, happy and so satisfied reading such awesome comment from a great motivator, man, writer, poet and a scholar like you. You ve made my day. My you be blessed my dearest friend. Peace to you, Sir.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      You are correct my friend and it is such a sad thing. Something really needs to be done and you show your heart by writing about it. Voted up and useful my poetic friend. You have the biggest heart I have ever seen on a man. You are special Ubanichijioke. I can finally spell you name without looking!:) But seriously, you have the gift to do big things. Never lose that quality. I honestly feel this way. Your love, passion, and heart is seen in every word you write. That is special and so are you friend. I am better just by knowing you.

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