Wednesday, June 17, 2009

10 positive things about Africa.

I had secretely vowed to contribute my next 10 blogs on the positive things about Africa and its politics. I was motivated by the fact that, most of the time, we dwell so much on the negatives to an extent where we blight the positives. In any case, most of the so called international media relentlessly spew acres of filth and dung about us on a daily basis. I wanted to be the change, to highlight that after all is said and done, we are just like everybody else.

But when I sat down to think hard about it, I realised I had embarked on one of the toughest assignments I have ever given myself. Where would I get 10 positives things to write about Africa and its politics. I poured through newspapers, went over the internet, spoke with friends and searched all possible avenues I thought had answers, but to no avail.

I still havent found the first positive thing worth blogging about. Maybe you can help.


  1. The sheer 'freedom' of our press and politicians (well, not everywhere, but still, there are some places). It is astonishing what our press and politicians can say - things that are tantamount to slander in other place are okay in our politics. All's fair in love and politics around here.......(it's not really a positive thing, per se....but here's one to help you along)

  2. What about the fact that you, me and many others have a great opportunity to change the ugly face of the continent in so many incredible ways.
    That I take as positive thing.

  3. Its true my brother.. Africa is portrayed to the outside world as a leaking begging bowl full of hungry poor people. It is just half the truth. he human and natural resources in Africa are overwhelmingly encouraging. And that is what we as Africans need to highlight for all to see.

  4. I have one!

    In Nigeria the Governor of Lagos state has been lauded and applauded for all his fine work and I must say the results of said work are spectacular. This is definitely not the Lagos I grew up in.

    If you're on Ghanabloggers I'll email you the pics and that can be your first one :) you'll be impressed if you'd been to Lagos before the changes, I certainly am!

  5. I am very humbled by all your contributions. This is what it should be like, positive things that we can all take and bring smiles to our peers. I was on the verge of giving up on positive things, but I will keep it real next week and dedicate the full week to positive things. I am calling it positive blogging.