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Reconnecting with Mother Africa Greetings to our African brothers and sisters from Atlanta, Georgia, USA. A friend recently alerted me to your excellent publication from London and passed on some previous editions, including the latest one in which you discuss the sad, or should I say tragic events in Sudan in the light of the evolution of democracy in Africa.
This perspective has been an eye-opener for many of us in the USA who, to be honest, have only scant knowledge of the Mother Continent and most of it gleaned from the one-eyed mass media in this country.
It is very encouraging to read the mature analysis of issues and the robust discussions, of a very high quality, put forward by your brilliant columnists. These exchanges help to reinforce the work, intellectual as well as activist, that people of colour are now engaged in during the very worrying times we are going through in our own country. They force us to re-examine our own assumptions.
There is a centuries-old bond between us and the people of Africa and in many ways, our struggles are the same. I believe strong efforts are being made to reconnect with the Mother Continent at an intellectual, ideological, economic and social level. This bridging cannot come soon enough and I for one, am looking forward to it.
We shall prevail!
Earl Williams Jnr.
Searingly honest The piece, Drawing breath from perforated lungs (July 2019) by Kelebogile Motswatswa was a searingly honest cri de coeur from our sister in South Africa. How right you are! My admiration for your courage – hang in there, a brighter dawn will rise.
Matilda Davids, Cape Town, South Africa
Conducive environment needed Your article (Evolution of African democracy, July 2019) is an impressive analysis exposing unfolding global political events in various different corners of this planet.
Today in any part of the globe – without attaching any relevance to being either the First World or the Developing World – a successful, functional government can only thrive in its civic duties in joint communication with its citizens when a peaceful environment exists. One which is conducive for fulfilling the expectations of various vested interests.
In today’s modern world, people yearn for a good-quality life. People expect governments to spur economic development, create new jobs, and promote a conducive environment for trade and commerce to progress, while raising the standard of living.
Citizens expect governments to protect the pillars of democracy with civil liberties, and that the freedoms of civilians as enshrined by the rule of law, are not violated.
A nation must strive to prioritise agricultural production at all times to ensure an adequate food supply to all its citizens and contain any unnecessary inflation which will be a pain for a poor household.
The provision of adequate food at subsidised prices to a hungry population can avoid any political destabilisation and civil disobedience. By providing quality healthcare and education, which are essential, social services can go a long way in creating a positive image of a country.
Kokil. K. Shah Mombasa, Kenya
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