The issue of development has become a global concern given the fact that the gap between the advanced world and developing is growing beyond what is expected. While people in advanced world live a life considered to be appropriate to human with certain privileges, the less developed world citizen live below two US Dollars. We must acknowledge though we are no longer where we used to be.
Africa has been rated a developing Continent. Most of the countries in Africa except few have all the chances to be great but unfortunately are still crawling. Before we go ahead in this piece let us try to examine what we mean by the term development. Development is defined by an online source as ‘international parlance which encompasses the need and the means by which provision is made for better lives for people in poor countries. It includes not only economic growth, although that is crucial, but also human development—providing for health, nutrition, education, and a clean environment’.
Another source, globalization101.org has also stated agress with United Nations Development Programme9UNDP) position which states ‘Countries’ development is traceable to its Human Development Index (HDI). This also includes measurements of citizens’ access to healthcare, educational attainment, and standards of living, among other factors. Talking about development, it also describes the growth of humans throughout the lifespan, from conception to death. True development includes all aspects of human growth, including physical, emotional, intellectual, social, perceptual, and personality development.
With this in mind, there is also a perceived general misconception of what development is not. According to A professor of development, this misconception includes a focus on a macroeconomic abstraction, a mindset that development is the responsibility of mega institutions. This misconception also states development does hinge on leaders’ contribution alone and that only adults and workers can fuel its growth.
Real development is made up of stuff of daily life course. It starts with family while average Joe can be part of it. It is also clear contribution is possible at all level of life stages. Given this background, it is important to note, Africans must wake up to the reality of the time. While few African leaders are making significant efforts towards restoring the dignity of the continent, many continue to undermine its progress. By all standards, everything is pointing to the fact that Nigeria and the whole of Africa stand better chances of making it big.
Africa is blessed with many wonderful natural resources, very many intellectuals and great human resources. Another advantage for Africa is that many of its arable lands are still uncultivated waiting for wise investors to take up the challenges through creative way of utilizing this great resources.
It is very clear then that Africa development can start with the average Joe, and a family. In this regards we have seen M.O Ibrahim, The Dangote among others. But to go far and fast, many individuals must spring up and take up the challenge. Government must also do its parts by creating enabling environment. Corruption, selfishness which destroys other peoples’ business through wrong policies, governance procedure which hinder progress and development must be stopped. If we want to speed up Africa’s development, it must be initiated by Africans. Waiting on SuperPowers or looking up to aids from them will not help.
For Africa’s development, who will be the rainmaker or who will join the train?