Congolese Freedom Fighter and Pan-Africanist Patrice Lumumba echoed in one of his many speeches in the struggle for independence that
“Political Independence has no meaning if it is not accompanied by Rapid Economic and Social Development.”
It is quite absurd that after more 50 years of Political Independence for most African countries, the picture of Economic and Social Development is still looking bleak. Most African countries despite achieving Political Independence are heavily punctuated by Civil Strife which is greatly affecting the Economic Productivity of these countries.
We need to arrest the civil strife on the continent in order to realize the potential on which the continent rests on. For far too long we have channeled our energies to activities that are not improving our Humanity and Social Status. Therefore, the onus is on the young generation to take up the mantle and improve the Humanity on the continent and thereby improving also the Social Status of the African people
For Africa to shake off the shackles of stagnation and lack of meaningful development, the continent needs the charisma and courage of Pan-Africanists such as the Man in Focus in the article Patrice Lumumba