ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Three Reasons Why Africa is Wailing.

Updated on January 2, 2020
A depiction of how Africa is drying, economically, politically and environmentally.
A depiction of how Africa is drying, economically, politically and environmentally. | Source

Introduction.

Africa as a continent has had a fair share of problems ranging from political, economical and spiritual. Today, we are going to major on the political and economical woes of many African countries; their causes and possible solutions with pointed out case studies. The continent has had myriad challenges when it comes to running its affairs. The political systems in most African countries have been the major cause of delayed economic growth in these countries. I wouldn't hesitate to mention how corruption has dealt a big blow in this development journey. Let's see how, where and when.

Corruption.

A few weeks ago, in Kenya, the government in its quest to reinstate sanity in the country on how public money is spent, launched a report popularly known as the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report that was a suggestion of how to better the political systems in the country which would in return improve the economic sector. Also see: https://kenyayote.com/bbi-report-pdf-and-summary-building-bridges-initiative-kenya/ for more details on BBI. The factors that attracted the need of the country's two main protagonists in matters elections, H.E President of Kenya, Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta and the retired Prime Minister, Mr. Raila Odinga, to come together and build a peaceful environment for development, were among others, massive corruption in public sectors and election incredibility that has in the recent past thrown the once peaceful country into post election turmoils. This act of building bridges in Kenya has attracted the implementation of actions that were previously not imagined could happen in the country. A number of high profile leaders have been arrested and arraigned in courts to answer to graft charges.The most recent being the governor of the country's capital city, one Mr. Mike Mbuvi Sonko.

Kenya being a case study in this scenario, a lot other African countries have started revolutionizing their systems and bad leaders being thrown out such as was the case with the late former president of Zimbabwe Mr. Mugabe, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia, Hosni Mubarak and Mohamed Morsi of Egypt among others. See: https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/africa/ousted-African-leaders-since-2010/4552902-5263234-ph0b2c/index.html for details.




Mr. Mike Sonko being escorted along the court corridors.
Mr. Mike Sonko being escorted along the court corridors. | Source
The late former president of Zimbambwe, Robert Gabriel Mugabe.
The late former president of Zimbambwe, Robert Gabriel Mugabe. | Source

Population Growth.

Africa's population growth has been on a record high for centuries now. Latest reports indicate that Africa is leading the continents in population growth rates with a stunning 2.52% growth rate followed closely by Oceania at 1.34%. As shown in the table below.

Name
2019 Population
World's Population
Growth Rate
Density (Squared Km).
 
 
 
 
 
Asia
4,601,371,198
59.65%
0.89%
103.22
Africa
1,308,064,195
16.96%
2.52%
43.17
Europe
747,182,751
9.69%
0.10%
33.76
South America
427,199,446
5.54%
0.85%
23.95
North America
366,600,964
4.75%
0.63%
14.84
Oceania
42,128,035
0.55%
1.34%
4.96
Display of the World's population content-wise. With Population growth rates included.

This high population growth rate in Africa has negatively impacted in economic development since the large population is scrambling for the scarce resources available hence diluting the quality of service received. There has been a rise in the number of slums and sub standard homes for many families of Africa.Congestion and overpopulation in specific regions has also been on the rise as everyone struggles to fit in.

Reproductive health education has been incorporated in most countries and mostly in the remote parts of the same to enlighten the citizens on the need to practice family planning in an effort to curb rapid population growth

Disorganization and Greed.

A lot of resources are lying undetected and those that are detected are under-utilized in Africa. Africa is one of the richest continents priding itself in wildlife, natural resources such as petroleum, copper, gold, salt sugar among many others. Greed and disorganization among countries has made it impossible for the continent to rise in one voice and market its products in standardized fair prices and with great value coming home to benefit the member states rather than being enjoyed by purchasing continents.

Africa can grow to one of the richest continents if its leaders would put greed aside and think of uniting to form a formal African state. One African leader from Egypt, Muammar Al-Gaddafi the late, once suggested of United States of Africa and even proposed single military force, single currency and single passport for Africans to move freely around the continent. Gaddafi was the then chairman of the 53 nations African Union. This proposal by Gaddafi is maybe what Africa needs to set itself free from post colonial degradation by former colonial masters and this will be achievable if greed was kicked out of most African leaders.

Muammar Al-Gaddafi of Egypt.
Muammar Al-Gaddafi of Egypt. | Source

The continent has had myriad challenges when it comes to running its affairs. The political systems in most African countries have been the major cause of delayed economic growth in these countries.

Some more of Africa's Challenges as stated by Guinea's President.

Yes, Africa has a plethora of challenges, as Guinea's president, Alpha Conde, rightly states. However the root cause of all these issues can directly be traced to greed, corruption and uncontrollably large population. Africa ought to look into these matters with a heavy heart.

Conclusion.

A lot of other issues are killing the African continent. But if these three issues are resolved Africa can be sure to rise from it's sick bed and rank high among other able continents.

4 out of 5 stars from 1 rating of The United States of Africa idea.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Fahim Rana

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)