Africa needs leadership by Africans of high calibreBMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7142.1457a (Published 09 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1457
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There have been several articles in the past and recently in the BMJ discussing the desperate poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa. They have all failed to come up with credible suggestions for a permanent solution. John Lwanda's answer was so far the best. I would like to take his argument one step further.
The only person who can permanently bring to an end the plight of the African is the educated African man or woman. This includes myself, and all the educated Africans and their descendants world over. It is the educated African too who makes the African government(s). Until the educated African owns up to his responsibilities over the welfare and future of his children, his people and the future African generations, then the African people will forever suffer. The Europeans and their charities, IMF, World bank etc may help (thankfully) but ultimately and rightly they are there to look after the welfare of their own people. We expect far too much from them. No one else but you the educated African holds the answer. Without you striving and fighting in every way for the development of Africa, Africa and its children (your children) will have no future and you too will have no future.
It is disgraceful and shameful that the educated African has so far either directly brought on more misery to his own people or has become a dim second class
European and consequently absolved himself of all responsibilities over his people. I hope when you the educated African reads this letter you go and look at yourself in the mirror and answer these questions, "What will you do to stop the African children from dying and what can you do to make this world a happy one for the African child?."
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