The news on 30 June 2013 reported the following:-
TITLE : Barack Obama pledges energy cash to light up Africa’s darkness
EXCERPT: US President promises funding to provide ‘the energy to lift people out of poverty’ by doubling Africans’ access to electricity …….
Mr Obama said his government would provide $7bn (£4.6bn) in public funding, as well as $9bn from the US private sector, for the “power Africa” initiative. He also announced that the US would be inviting African heads of state to a summit in Washington next year to address continental issues: “I’m calling for America to up our game when it comes to Africa,” he said, promising to move beyond aid to a “new model of partnership”.
Well, well! My fellow Africans. Let us begin by accepting that we are really not a serious bunch. That is actually putting it mildly though. Otherwise the appropriate term is “we are a pathetic bunch”. Maybe after accepting this, maybe, just maybe, we can start to contemplate to decide to start to agree … whew! … to wake up and get our sorry act together.
Come on people! Did we really have to wait for the President of the USA after so many years of our own so-called independence to visit us and then tell us about the significance of prioritizing addressing energy issues for our region or continent? Really? And we cheered the announcement? Really?
And proudly filling up our presidential jets to fly our leaders and their large teams of officials and energy experts out to a summit in Washington to discuss OUR local energy issues? Really? I am sure that, for various reasons, not all the African leaders will be invited to this summit but I am also sure that those who will make it onto the list will loudly toot their horns for being the “chosen ones”. Aren’t these the kinds of things our leaders, ministers and our many local energy experts should have been doing in the first place and on their own as movers of Africa in Addis Ababa (African Union) or at SADC, ECOWAS and all those other talk-blocs? Oh my!
I guess that is why the USA and the rest of the West have policies for Africa or on Africa and African affairs while we have no clear policies or strategies on how we should be dealing with them and their economic and political blocs.
A conquered bunch we are!