The Diaspora Africans has enormous influence to shake African rulers selling off the continent to external forces for a second colonization.
Now, here is wisdom for those willing to buy it and will not throw it to the dogs and pigs. Only the Children of Africa can upturn this table of misfortune and this is where the Diaspora comes in – those who have been exposed in the games of this corrupt international financing and loan disbursement.
I have been at both ends of the divide and arrived at the conclusion that the continental Africans have very little or insignificant influence over the decisions of their rulers unless they chose to rebel under severe circumstances so I searched out for where appropriate help could come from and I discovered that the Diaspora Africans wield so much influence both in their country of residence and in the continent.
The Diaspora Africans who understand this default should stand up to the challenge.
As a diaspora leader, I found out we have a common problem; and that is, our misguided understanding and confusion of information from Africa and all its external influences.
There is a conflict of interest based on groupings and perception.
Those who wire money to Africa do so because there is a belief that everyone in Africa is suffering, helpless and need money including family members or sometimes as a form of exchange for financial backups. This is the way they see the situation and has formed large group of internal ‘IMF.’
In the year 2020 despite the challenges of Covid19 pandemic, Diaspora Nigerians alone remitted $16.8 billion, this is a fall from entire Sub-Saharan African countries Diaspora remittance in 2019 totaling $48 billion yet this money did not translate into any industry or capacity building but for consumption.
Another set of the Diasporas looks forward to receiving African rulers coming to China, the UK and the USA for photo taking opportunities, a time to rub shoulders and align forces, they lay red carpets for these fellows coming for purposes ranging from ‘seminars, investment, aids and of course ‘to borrow money.’ This set of Diasporas will be pleased to make a large photo frame of themselves with presidents, governors and senators irrespective of whatsoever situation they have created at their home country. I used to be in that category and we cared less.
Then another set completely disconnected from reality and glued to the social media information of wars, unrest and completely dysfunctional African society – among these sets are Diaspora members completely submerged in the fantasy of well-developed societies and detached from the stark realities of lack and failures in governance in their home country. They express anger and frustration online to whoever that cares to listen but will do very little to make use of the privileged knowledge gained overseas to upturn the table.
All three groups share the same feelings of disillusion, frustration and helplessness but has failed in employing that power of Diaspora influence to get involved in the anticipated deconstruction and reconstruction of Africa whereas nothing will change until the Diasporas begin to wield their influence in their home countries.
As much it is advisable and noble to support family members, diversify your remittances to support community-based industries, organized technology development centers, healthcare, even agriculture, let the remittances look out for opportunities to create facilities as these
The Diaspora Africans has enormous influence to shake African rulers selling off the continent to external forces for a second colonization. Continental young African remains a force but extremely limited and haunted by its own fears to survive harsh situations created by the people he wants to challenge. This is where the first group of Diasporas will come into force.
As much it is advisable and noble to support family members, diversify your remittances to support community-based industries, organized technology development centers, healthcare, even agriculture, let the remittances look out for opportunities to create facilities as these. Imagine diverting 30% of $16.8 billion into community-based empowerment projects that would give the frustrated and confused young people in Africa a sense of identity that will make him frown at the temptation of acting a political tool of fraud, robbery and destruction for the weak-minded confused President, the senators and the governors that cared less for the citizenry.
Now the second group will have to act the genuine diplomats of its respective countries in overseas; Desist from these photo-ops and red carpet laying for individuals whose presence in governance has brought so much shame and ridicule for their countries in Africa. Look out for him and his gangs coming to overseas to beg for loans and lavish money meant to develop the country to buy properties overseas and do not join in hosting them by any means.
Do not give them the privilege of medical tourism while entire healthcare facilities and education in their African countries has totally collapsed – Confront him to go and fix the countries first. You can do that and they sure know you have the capacity.
Remember the late John Magufuli proved that reality, even Paul Kagame of Rwanda has proved that too, therefore Africa acclaimed giant should be ashamed to always be in the queue of beggars for foreign loans and aids. Take the red carpet off their feet, do not welcome them or play host of any kind, the message of disapproval will be loud and clear.