Couldn’t have put it any better.
Further, from my own experiences and the experiences of other young Africans who I’ve been fortunate to interview, there’s this myth I keep encountering from the ‘prophets’ of neoliberalism that things are getting better?
But are they really?
Why then is it the case that many of those in full-time employment across Africa can’t afford even the basics those of us who live in the diaspora take for granted? To the point some often ask for help from their relatives abroad? It’s the same story in Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Kenya and even places like Ethiopia-which are often lauded as prospering. Surely if things were ‘improving’ as much as they are often said to be, these ‘begging’ tendencies wouldn’t be as widespread as they appear to be?
Very few people are doing well across Africa. Even by African standards. And the funny thing is, these ‘prophets’ I referred to above try to use the minority as indication that things are improving. Its farce. Especially when most of them have not set foot or lived in African communities for any long period of time.
Something transformative needs to be done to rectify the current gross inequalities.