In Africa, there are only two social classes of people – the rich and the poor. The gap between the two classes get deeper by each passing second and this leads to an inevitable struggle because as it is often said ‘the rich get richer and the poor get poorer’. This is the sad narrative of a typical African society.
Do not be deceived, this class difference is not a coincidence. Rather, it was orchestrated by both the colonial masters and the African neo-colonial bourgeoisie. A situation which continues to give them so much pleasure as it gifts them easy leverage to carry out their evil enterprise. It is true what the African proverb says that ‘a poor man has no voice.’
Give no attention to the African leaders who continue to shout that there exist no social classes - and no class struggles - in Africa today. Everyone is aware of the real facts that there is indeed a huge class disparity and struggle evident in the continent.
The negative consequence of the development of classes and class struggles in Africa has succeeded in taking the continent aback by hundreds of years. It is as a result of the class issue in Africa that we experience a reshuffling of leaders in the political space.
In a country like Nigeria for instance, it is surprising that despite its population of over 190 million people which increases at geometric progression, the same set of politicians occupy the political space year in-year out.
It is a normal occurrence to see a government minister become governor, (and vice-versa), then after exhausting his/her tenure, becomes a senator (which has no tenure limit), then, run for the presidency. Two former military heads of state have returned as presidents in the democracy dispensation within a space of about 40 years. Is there no one else fit to rule the country?
This gives a little insight into the class problem in Africa and proves that solving this problem will go a long way in addressing the leadership issue in the continent.
But what is the solution to the class problem in Africa?
The only way to address this issue is through the ballot. We must no longer give ears to the lies from these politicians by voting them into power repeatedly. As long as we put the same set of people in power and in important positions, the class divide in the continent will continue to broaden.
Our leaders are aware of the class difference and are bent on keeping it that way so that they can maintain absolute control in the land. Our vote is our power and when we cast it we make the biggest decisions about our future. This is why we must make sure we are making the right decisions whenever we cast our votes. A person’s wealth and status should not be considered when electing leaders because history has shown that the wealthiest individuals turn out to be the greediest and most corrupt leaders.
It is true that many African scholars and school of thoughts are of the opinion that the class problem in Africa cannot be solved because it is a fundamental issue prevalent in every other society. The historical and operational structure of a true African society proves otherwise. It offers the possibility of peace, oneness, and contentment.
Despite the fact that many chose to hide their interests behind plausible rhetoric, I am of the belief that through the elimination of rotational political power, Africa can solve its class problem. Do you agree?
What are your thoughts?
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