Guinea is a West African nation, former French colony that won her independence in 1958, a year after Kwame Nkrumah’s Ghana did in 1957. However, this small country is in a state of confusion as street demonstrators were shot in the capital of Conakry simply because they protested against the new Prime Minister.
Street protests can range from violent to harmless: in Africa, there is always a good reason for them because I believe the public must always voice what they feel. An opinion was voiced and crushed by bullets. This is not fair. Yet, me stating that is simply typing the obvious, isn’t it? Why doesn’t the beautiful continent want to learn and move forward? A tiny country like Guinea is depleting her population simply because they disagree with something. Colonisation ruled Africa with an iron fist now Africa wants to do the same to herself. Is this a trend in francophone countries though? Look at the craziness that was happening in Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda/Burundi. What is it about former French colonies that just crumbles ad infinitum? In Guinea’s case, it appears that there is a power struggle going on and power is that delicious elixir that my African leaders simply cannot get enough of. When will they learn that they are driving their countries into the ground by reacting like this? Perhaps I am too much of a hybrid having lived in the West with my African mindset deeply rooted in Tanzania – all I know is the way forward is not a Napoleon from Animal Farm control over your own people.
What are your opinions? Do you think that Africa will always work in this way or will she change?