Africa’s Impediment: Leadership or Circumstances?

The World is still struggling to recover from the visit by the worst pandemic ever (COVID-19). But Africa, on the other hand, is severely battling with another deadly pandemic, probably deadlier than the novel coronavirus itself.

The pandemic Africa is grappling with is ‘Issues of Violence, Crime, coupled with Human Rights Abuse’.

Nigeria has been the talk of every social media and news outlet discussion and some other countries are also facing server crisis as compared to Nigeria.

Tens of thousands of Nigerians have been taking to the streets for more than two weeks protest against police brutality. Young people mobilizing through social media began staging demonstration calling for the abolition of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Which has been long accused of unlawful arrests, torture and extrajudicial killings.

In South Africa, young women and girls are trafficked internally and externally for the purposes of sexual exploitation and other purposes, such as domestic labour, for criminal activities, as well as organ transplants. between 25% and 40% of South African women have experienced sexual and/or physical IPV in their lifetime.

One study found that one in 13 women in Gauteng had reported non-partner rape, and only one in 25 rapes has been reported to the police. South Africa also faces a high prevalence of gang rape. The popular hashtag is #EndHumanTraffickinginSA and #AmINext?

Protesters in Namibia campaigning against sexual and gender-based violence are calling for a state of emergency to be declared across the country while pledging to renew their #ShutItDown campaign of disruption if authorities do not act.

Congolese on Thursday, 15 October, began to demonstrate on social media with the hashtag #Congoisbleeding. the people of Congo are not happy about how the leaders of the Republic is handling the issue of the genocide. it is alleged that the genocide has been propagated by some western countries whose interest is only in extracting Congo’s natural resources.

Liberian President George Weah has declared rape a national emergency and has ordered new measures to tackle the problem after a recent spike of cases in the poor West African state. #RapeNationalEmergency.

The Cameroonian civil war, also known Ambazonia War, is a conflict in the southern Cameroons region of Cameroon, part of the long-standing Anglophone problem. Clashes between the Cameroon military and separatist fighters have led to over 3,000 deaths and many displaced persons.

Protests against economic turmoil, arrests and human rights abuses in Zimbabwe have moved online. Zimbabwe is facing an economic crisis with inflation of 737%, food and fuel shortages and collapsing currency. At least 60 people, including 2020 Booker Price listed novelist Tsitsi Dangaremga, were arrested for demonstrating in Zimbabwe, according to Zimbabwe Lawyers for human rights. The popular hashtag #ZimbabweanLivesMatter.

Can the second pandemic of Africa be attributed to its ‘Leadership’ or its current ‘Circumstances’?


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