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Irony: African Leadership and Covid-19

I’ve tried to figure out why we have cases of both stupidity and shrewdness when it comes to the drama between voters and politicians. As one portray stupidity and the other shrewd, they exchange the baton afterwards.

During election time African leaders share enticing gifts, which include cash and food stuff to voters in exchange for votes. Then promises and party slogans are songs that wake the ordinary man each morning and put him to bed each night. Sadly, voters tend to sell their rights by collecting these bribes. I term it ‘a bribe’ because corrupt leaders must recover wealth spent enticing the voter (oh, it’s called campaigning right?). Corruption won’t let them stop at that, they continue taking more from the public purse. It’s more like a business; give and take, and continue taking. The only benefit some voters get are the cash and materials they got before elections.

Now some leaders are silent to the masses plight. We sit at home, of course, so we won’t contract Covid-19. But more than half of the population have to do daily menial jobs to feed. Some even have dependents to tend. But to respect government directives they have no job. In this quarantine time, there’s no significant government and corporate support. But no, this is not election time for sharing relieve materials and it’s not business time as well! Shame!!

Meanwhile, some still believe that the virus is a hoax and that Nigeria may not have any Covid-19 case. That’s just illiteracy and politics playing away on people’s psyche.

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Africa lifestyle Poetry

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Nothing compares to speeches made by the eyes
When fine memories tumble into low faint sighs
Now see our glamour fade before the waking morning
With the old tree, where we played sitting and grinning
Mourning the demise of a union which might not be
Or which was but could not be totally seen

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On Covid-19 Vaccines by West Indamakin

Author’s opinion, editted by oiroegbu.com

Today Africa is slapped with Covid-19 vaccine testing because of her over dependence on the West for solutions to every challenge faced by the continent. African leaders deny their countries modern medical infrastructure like hospitals and adequate resources to support professionals to attain desired results and match what health practitioners are doing in other countries. In times of ill health, African leaders travel outside for treatment. This shows that they don’t trust their health practitioners and facilities. What do we then expect from corrupt leaders? Our nurses and doctors who are underpaid and owed salaries practice with inadequate facilities. The next option for them will be to leave the country in search for greener pastures. Irony is that some of them still treat these corrupt leaders in hospitals abroad. Covid-19 has proved to our leaders that the toad does not run in noon in vain. Something must be pursuing it.

Our leaders had shamed us and we make it clear that Africans are not lab rats for testing vaccines. The Covid-19 vaccine should be tested where the virus is at large and/or the origin. We Africans are ready to comply after the vaccine test is successful elsewhere.

West Indamakin
Activist/Artist
Ghana