In a case of crystal-clear marginalization, Africa continues to be sidelined when it comes to making key global decisions. The pace is continually dictated for the continent, with no care about the continent's voices.
On this note, Africa's message has been heard well, "Reform the United Nations Security Council." The Security Council is tasked with maintaining international peace and security, and yet it continues to be dominated by a few countries. For those few countries, the Security Council is an exclusive preserve for them, which comes at the expense of many countries.
Ironically, Africa provides the largest membership of the United Nations and no country from the continent has a permanent seat, being dominated by 5 countries. The five permanent members are China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, with three of them (France, Russia, and UK) coming from Europe. The permanent members enjoy the veto right, meaning that the council cannot implement any decision if one of the five permanent members objects to it.
In addition to this, the council is made up of 10 other non-permanent members elected for two-year terms by the UN General Assembly. However, these members do not have veto powers.
For an international body that is firmly rooted in the tenets of democracy, it is ironical that the major powers are reluctant to grant African member states permanent seats. African leaders have demanded that at least by 2023 permanent seats should have been availed to some African member states.
With more bolder voices, more resolute action, the fight may yield some fruitful results.