For many African countries, the political structure, especially the mainstream political parties are currently set up to frustrate fresh minds and have become the fortress for a political class that has historically and consistently held the country hostage.
Breaking through requires ‘chiefos’ to annoint their own. It’s closely guided with fraternal bond that requires pay back for economic gains. Sometimes, you have to wait for your turn or never get a chance at all. Africann youths are stuck. But there’s good news…We can break away from it and we can.
Breaking the political cult system, there are some alternatives; Firstly, a break away from the overbearing influence of the group.
Separation is allowed. Get a new platform and travail with others to build. Its a strenuous path I must confess.
To gain popularity and garner support towards attaining power and influence, youths can take the route of controversial politics. Controversy is a psycho-social tool that makes people pay attention to you. Donald Trump, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, George Weah are examples of those who tolled this line to battle the powers that be. Even former Chelsea and Real Madrid coach, Jose Mourinho was more famous for his controversies on and off the field of play than the trophies he's won.
At first, it makes them a villain as people see their actions as absurd. From their presupposed absurdities, they make gains by endearing themselves to many through the pointing out ceaselessly the rot in the society and seizing on the grievances of the populace.
Secondly, individuals can make necessary rebellion (although I do not advocate this for its evident consequence of promoting chaos in the polity. A rebellion within can only be done if you possess all the state machinery to surpress the greedy descensions of the cult…Ultimately, chasing them out. Sounds gargantuan. Very disruptive too.
Thirdly, this generation can allow a natural course to play out. Where the ‘chiefo’ dies and the party structure is without head.
Breaking away through controversial politics, doing things that make people aware of your presence through acts of kindness and community support are the ways I have proposed. That is the less dangerous route for the teeming youths on the continent.
There’s no gain in joining a political party if your party does not ring a bell in every household. If we lack the money to challenge the cult, let’s toll a line of controversial politics that will endear us to many and make them aware that hey, there’s a voice in the wilderness.
Africa's cult politics is real, toxic and nauseating. Politicians who will salvage this country must either avoid it or cunningly hide under it to break it. Most who have tried that have not had it smooth...of course, it entails flatant disregard for its greedy wish and caprice. All hands must be on deck to break the political cult system. No retreat, no surrender.
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