By Olugbenga Adesida, Arunma O. Oteh
Does Africa have a destiny? What are the visions, hopes, goals and fears of younger Africans for the way forward for the realm, the continent, their country, and their groups? How do they envision this international and their roles inside of it? those concerns haven't formerly been explored jointly by means of Africans as a result huge, immense demanding situations and the preoccupation with the current. yet Africa mustn't ever enable the enormity of the issues to blind it to its earlier and destiny. Africa needs to chart its personal imaginative and prescient of a fascinating destiny, and as a result younger Africans, born in advance of or after independence, have been challenged to mirror at the way forward for the continent. This ebook provides the reaction to that challenge.In this ebook, the voices of a brand new new release of Africa are heard exploring the longer term from own and numerous views. The authors have enumerated the ills of Africa, analyzed the issues and explored the possibilities. Remarkably, regardless of the daunting nature of the demanding situations, they have been all hopeful in regards to the destiny. They supplied their visions of the long run, recommend various rules on how one can construct a brand new Africa, and implored Africans to take accountability for the transformation of the continent. Given the present emphasis on African renaissance and union, the information provided right here may well turn into the foundation for a really shared imaginative and prescient for the continent.
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45 G o d w i n Y. D o g b e y Many countries throughout Africa are dependent on the export of primary products. These products are usually subject to volatile price fluctuations on the world market. Thus, many countries are left in a state of perpetual trade imbalance and, for that matter, current account difficulties. Attainment in health and education is relatively low in Africa. These two are indicators of enhanced human development capacity. The result is that there is a dearth of highly innovative and well-trained technological skills on the continent.
A desired future seeks to be highly optimistic and mainly addresses the question: What should Africa be in 30 years? On the other hand, the probable future, with patches of pessimism, chooses to address the question: What is Africa likely to be like in thirty years? The latter is a positive concept whilst the former is normative. So far, we have had some insights into strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats (SWOT) on the African continent. From this perspective, we can proceed to forecast the future.
The future of Africa, seen from both perspectives does not look too bleak. Neither the desired or the probable visions point to a downhill gallop in the prospects of the region. While the desired is highly optimistic, the probable is modest. The degree of pessimism is tolerable. This is somewhat good news for the continent. All is not lost and there is a glimmer of hope. The road to achieving the desired future seems to be very rough and tortuous, requiring immense committed efforts on the part of governments, institutions and individuals.