Poor leadership to blame for African unity woes – Dr Lloyd Amoah

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Africa's poor leadership is to blame for the continent's inability to

be fully integrated, one devoid of social and economic barriers,

DrLloyd Amoah has said.

As the continent celebrates African Union Day on Monday, May 25, the

lecturer at the Ashesi University noted that until the right

infrastructures, including leadership, are put in place, the goal of

African unity will continue to be mirage.

"If that infrastructure is neglected for quite a long time and not

mucheffort [is] placed in that direction, it is not then strange that

you begin to have the kinds of challenges that you have for a group of

people [Africa]," Dr Lloyd Amoah said on the Super Morning Show on Joy

FM Monday.

Citing the success stories of countries like Asia and Europe, the

lecturer said Africa's woes have nothing to do with "phenotype" or

"genotype" but rather it is a question of the right

infrastructure-which is leadership.

Policy Analyst, Serlom Branttie observed that Africans are one of the

most innovative people on theplanet and that "the African is as good

as anyone."

He noted that, there is nothing united about Africa citing that till

date, the continent does not even have a common force for peace

keeping purposes.

The continent, Mr Branttie bemoaned, lacks or has little policy

consistency towards the provision of transportation, fight aganist

poverty and improvement in education, better livelihood

andmaximization of resources.

"Most leaders are not able to think ahead or have a vision as to how

new things can change the old order and I believe that because of that

we are missing out on mostopportunities," that would have helped the

continent develop.

Africa lacks 'Magnetic leadership'. "If it is good leadership, it must

attract ideas…How can every divergent view be seen as an act of war,"

the policy analyst quizzed.

Ghanaian rapper M.anifest, born Kwame Ametepee Tsikata, also speaking

on the subject said the role of music and creative arts cannot be

ignored when discussing African unity.

He noted that the arts have the power to break barriers and boundaries.

He recalled that his grandfather always told him that Kwame Nkrumah

considered arts as a political priority because of its role in

educating and breaking barriers for Africa unity.

Kwame Nkrumah, he added, is a reference point for African unity

because he was a visionary leader who believed in the power of the

creative industry as pivotal tool forAfrican unity.

The award winning rapper therefore urged Africans to be more creative

to help promote the continent's unity.

Credit: Myjoyonline.com

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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