By Mutumwa Mawere
WHAT will Africa be like in 2050 when we complete the first half of this century dubbed the African century? Whose business is it or should be to shape Africa’s future?
Changing what our future looks like ought to be the business of our generation and yet as each day passes, we look to others to do what we can and should do in our interest to make tomorrow a better and brighter day for all. We hope and trust others to do what we are not willing to do in our own self-interest to make the difference that we want to see in Africa.
During the colonial era, we all know what was wrong and what time it was. We are now in control and yet the invasion of Africa by outsiders who see more promise in its relatively unexplored and yet to be exploited belly than its majority inhabitants suggests that in 2050, it is not unimaginable that the Chinese investors of today, for example, will be given marching orders by the living generation of Africans who will find cause to blame the foreigners for their lack of progress.
When the generation of 2050 looks back at our generation, what will they say about us? We have the privilege of writing our own story through actions and yet in many African states, the preoccupation is on political issues rather than matters that inspire others to scale the heightsof progress.
Imagine the future without your input. That future should have no relevance to you and yet many of us would want to be alive without asking ourselves what precisely is the purpose of life if at the end of the day we make no difference to the environment we live in.
Is the future someone else’s business? It is and should be the business to all who have a stake in it. That makes all of us stakeholders.
By Mutumwa Mawere