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What Africans need is Economic Democracyand Not Aid.
By Ezekiel Nwakwue

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As G8 countries concluded their meeting on July 8, 2005, inScotland, in Great Britain, the debate about how best the richcountries in the world can help Africans at this crucial time ofgreat poverty,  wars andcorruption continues. The leaders concluded an economic summitagainst the background of the terrorism on London byoffering whatthey called an "alternative to the hatred" &emdash; a $50 billion aidpackage for Africa and up to $9 billion in additional support for thePalestinians over the next three years. AP reported same day that"with a last-minute pledge from Japan, Blair won a key victory,announcing that aid to Africa would rise from the current $25 billionannually to $50 billion by 2010. The United States did not make anyadditional pledges beyond Bush's announcement last week that he wouldseek to double U.S. aid to Africa by 2010." Britain's Tony Blair isin picture, right.

Many analysts and political types have suggested that rich nationsshould write-off 100%  of debts owed them by Africangovernments. Others have suggested the rich nations  shouldincrease the amount of aid given to African countries to help themfight  corruption, poverty, disease and environmentaldegradations.

On the hand, I subscribe to the group which argues that Africansdo not need more aid from the rich nations; that what Africans needis economic democracy. Africans need freedom to chart their own future.   Africansneed the freedom to decide how  the vast mineral resources inthe continent can be marketed.  The second largest continent inthe  world is rich with abundance of natural and humanresources.  If these resources are put in proper use, Africa will be self sufficient, and should not  need any aidfrom any country or group of nations. 

If Africans are allowed to set the price  and market whatevercomes from African soil, the continent can rid itself of poverty, hunger, wars, corruption and disease.  Africa is theway it is because there  are outside forces playing greaterroles in shaping events that take place in  Africa.  It istrue that Africans cannot turn any raw material into a finished goods, however, should the foreign companies suck blood out ofAfricans in an  effort to turn the vast raw materials intofinished goods?  Foreign companies create all kinds of confusion and conflict in every area there is mineral resources thatthe rich  nations need.

On a BBC news of June 11, 2004, oil giant Shell admitted that itfed  conflict, poverty and corruption through its oil activitiesin Nigeria. This revelation led many  Nigerians to ask: whoneeds a friend like Shell?  Shell and other foreign companiesdoing  business in Africa should encourage the people  todevelop and not helping them destroy themselves.  If richnations want to help Africa, they should teach Africans how to turnraw materials into finished goods.  A  Chinese proverbsays, "if you give a man a fish, you have feed him for a day, but  teach a man how to fish, you  have feed himforever."

Large of amounts of mineral resources that are  produced inAfrica are consumed by rich  nations.  But who determines the fair market value of all these products?  Theanswer is obvious.  The rich nations that are busyproviding  aid for Africans decide the fair market value ofAfrican products.  The same rich nations that criticize Africans for not doing enough to alleviate the sufferings of itscitizens are  the ones that under-priced everything produced inAfrica.  Last  month rich nations cancelled debts owe tothem by some African countries, while  holding billions ofdollars African leaders stole and banked in the west.  Richnations should give Africans  economic democracy by returningstolen money African leaders stashed in their  banks. 

Rich nation should stop  encouraging African leaders to stealmoney and bank in the west.  Some corrupt leaders use the moneyto  buy properties and business for themselves, their wives,children, girl friends  and relatives alike.  When thereis  a change of government either by coup or an act of God inthe country from where  the money was stolen, banks in the rich countries have always seized  everything and never returnedsuch to that country from where the money was  stolen. 

If rich nations want to help Africa, they should allow Africans toset the price of  their products.  Is it fair thatthe  rich nations decide how much Africans can sell theirproduct without Africans  deciding for the west how much Africanare willing to pay for any product from  the rich nations? Thisis the heart of the problems facing Africa.  Africans needeconomic democracy whereby they are free to decide who buys  itsproducts and at what price.

If the rich nation wants to help Africans, they  shouldremove rigid trade rules that make it difficult for Africans totrade  with them; such as tariff and subsidies.  Theyshould give Africans access to international market by allowingopen  market system without setting harsh standards that makeAfrican dreams a  nightmare. It is difficult to understand thatNigeria, the Africa's most populated country does  not haveAirline that can transport Nigerians to America, Europe and Asia.Does it mean that Nigerian business men and women cannot afford tobuy transport planes? We know that stringent rules set bythe rich nations have made it difficult for Nigerians to havetheir own Airlines that can fly to America, Asia  andEurope.

Furthermore, if the rich nations want to help Africans they shouldrecognize health problems affecting many Africans by giving themaccess to generic drugs no matter which company produces it.Twenty-eight millions of the world's 40 millions HIV-infected peoplelive in  Africa. According to Health System Trust, GlaxoSmithKline and 38 other drugs companies sued South AfricanPharmaceutical  Company, Aspen Pharmacare for manufacturinggeneric versions of three of  anti-Aids drugs; AZT, 3TC andCombivir.  On October 8, 2001 Aspen Pharmacare won theconcession from GlaxoSmithKline and 38 drugs companies, and was givethe patents to generically  produce and supply anti-retroviraldrugs for the government health service and  non-profit with awarning not to make profit.  If rich nations want to helpAfricans,  they should grant them economic democracy wherebyAfrican drugs companies can  manufacture generic drugs forprofit too.  They should place embargo on arms smuggling thathave continued to  encourage and promote wars in many Africancountries.  American, European and Asian military  weaponsare causing too many deaths, orphans and amputees inAfrica. 

From  Angola to Liberia and Rwanda to Sierra Leone,  thenews is troublesome.  Most  important, foreign companiesshould stop supporting corrupt leaders to remain in  office nolonger than 8 years, and acting as their agents in moneylaundry.  If rich countries want to help  Africans, theyshould discourage oil bunkering.  According to the oil giant,Shell, Nigeria loses over a million barrels  of oil a daythrough oil bunkering.  Who owns these ships used in stealingNigerian oil?  Which company buys these million barrels  ofoil stolen from Nigeria?  If rich countries want to helpAfricans,  they should report to Nigeria and other Africancountries  the names and owners of ships involved in oilbunkering.

The west should not continue to criticize Africans  for notdoing enough to help their situations while turning away from theroots  of the problems. Africans do not  manufacture gunsand bombs.  Africans do not manufacture ships and planes, butthese things and  foreign banks  are used to destroy Africa. 

If the rich countries want to help Africa, they should grantAfricans economic democracy by  joining hands in fightingcorruption, placing embargo on arms smuggling,  removing rigidtrade rules that make it difficult for Africans to trade withthe  west, and most important, by giving Africans access togeneric drugs.
Nwakwue is based in Houston, and served as a panelist at theUSAfricaForumand Town Hall event organized annuallyon the first Friday and Saturday weekend of May inHouston, Texas (since 1992). The 2005 event focused on 'Nigeria andObasanjo's War on Corruption: window dressing or the real thing, whatnext?....' The full report and features of the Forum and the USAfricaBest of Africa 2005 awards and 13th annual anniversary will appear inCLASSmagazine on July 30, 2005.

POLICY INSIGHT: Africa,Blair and United Kingdom's commendable push fordevelopment assistance. The UK Planfor Africa grew out of the Tony Blair Commission for Africa, made upof prominent Africans, Britons and a former US Senator. TheCommissionrecently released a wide-ranging report of development needs inAfrica and articulated how best African governments and rich nationscan work together to dramatically reduce poverty and improvestandards of living in Africa.  British Prime Minister TonyBlair commitment to Africa's development is not in doubt. Thehumanitarian role of British soldiers in ending the atrocities ofSierra Leone is well known. The Prime Minister has spoken on numerousoccasions on the need for greater development assistance for Africa.Mr. Blair has also pledged to increase the UK government's overseasdevelopment assistance as a percentage of GDP by 2012. Both TonyBlair and Gordon Brown have shown strong commitment toAfrican-related issues despite the strident national disagreementsbetween the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe. The push by PrimeMinister Tony Blair and his government for massive but accountabledevelopment assistance to Africa is timely and commendable. However,the United Kingdom plan is generating some hostility, especially fromthe United States' presidentGeorge W. Bush. Excerpt from a Special report contributing editor Chinua Akukwe

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DEMOCRACY'S WARRIOR Out of Africa. The cock that crows in the morning belongs to one household but his voice is the property of the neighborhood. -- Chinua Achebe, Anthills of the Savannah. An editor carries on his crusade against public corruption and press censorship in his native Nigeria and other African countries. By John Suval.
Pope John Paul, Abacha and Nigeria's Christians
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Africa suffers the scourge of the virus. This life and pain of Kgomotso Mahlangu, a five-month-old AIDS patient (left) in a hospital in the Kalafong township near Pretoria, South Africa, on October 26, 1999, brings a certain, frightening reality to the sweeping and devastating destruction of human beings who form the core of any definition of a country's future, its national security, actual and potential economic development and internal markets.
22 million Africans HIV-infected, ill with AIDS while African leaders ignore disaster-in-waiting

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Bush's position on Africa is "ill-advised." The position stated by Republican presidential aspirant and Governor of Texas, George Bush where he said that "Africa will not be an area of priority" in his presidency has been questioned by Publisher Chido Nwangwu. He added that Bush's "pre-election position was neither validated by the economic exchanges nor geo-strategic interests of our two continents." These views were stated during an interview CNN's anchor Bernard Shaw and senior analyst Jeff Greenfield had with Mr. Nwangwu on Saturday November 18, 2000 during a special edition of 'Inside Politics 2000.' Nwangwu, adviser to the Mayor of Houston (the 4th largest city in the U.S., and immigrant home to thousands of Africans) argued further that "the issues of the heritage interests of 35 million African-Americans in Africa, the volume and value of oil business between between the U.S and Nigeria and the horrendous AIDS crisis in Africa do not lend any basis for Governor Bush's ill-advised position which removes Africa from fair consideration" were he to be elected president. By Al Johnson
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Impeachment process shows Nigerian democracy "is alive... being tested." Nigeria's president retired Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo has said that the impeachment process shows that "democracy is alive, is being tested, and being tried.... What they (the legislators) have tried to do in the democratic way, which is not easy, would probably have been done by taking arms or by -- with bullets. So, but with democracy, of course, some people feel that this is the way this should be, and then I have an opportunity to defend myself. There is discussion. There is dialogue. There is a decision. There is fairness." He made these comments when he appeared on Tuesday September 17, 2002 on CNN International to discuss the issues of impeachment facing him, the allegations of corruption, abuse of the constitution and deployment of soldiers ina civilian environment which led to the "massacre of civilians" in Odi (Bayelsa) and Zaki Biam (Benue). On the charges by international human rights organizations and Nigerian media that his government has been involved in actions which have led to the deaths of thousands of Nigerians, the retired General gave a surprising answer. He was asked that "as many as 10,000 people, it's being reported, have been killed in Nigeria (in) communal rivalries, and the number is believed to be increasing. And people are saying that although President Obasanjo has done a lot of good for Nigeria, you're accused of not -- accused of failing to halt that spiraling violence."

Obasanjo: "Let me say this to you, when you put the question of 10,000 -- 10,000 people dying in Nigeria, of course, for a population of over 120 million people...." But Founder and recipient of the Journalism Excellence award (1997), Chido Nwangwu, who appeared on the same program as as a CNN International analyst (Africa) pointed out that "when (President Obasanjo) answered that in a country of 100 million that 10,000 people are said to have died, as if that was a small number, that in itself reflects a disconnect with the concerns of Nigerians. The second one is that when the risk is civil disagreement, the police are required to intervene in the country. And the deployment of the armed forces of Nigeria requires at least some consultation, however modest, with the parliament." Nwangwu, former member of the editorial board of Nigeria's Daily Times continued that "the third factor that is equally important to underscore is that the armed forces of Nigeria moved in for a punitive action rather than just containing a civil disagreement." He noted in backgrounder "it was revealing and interesting interesting discussing Nigeria's issues with its leader - under the current circumstances of an increasingly out-of-schedule elections and the gathering storm of an impeachment process by a majority of the members of the National Assembly, predominantly by Obasanjo's party members." See rush transcript of the CNN International news program.

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SPORTS: Tiger Woods makes more history with another golf Masters win. He shot 12-under-par 276 and a final round 71 at Georgia's Augusta National Golf Club event and collected $1,008,000, on Sunday April 14, 2002. With it, the world's golf phenom added another green jacket to his array of championships and titles, placing him, in this instance, in the same respected Masters' league as Nicklaus (winner 1965 and 1966) and Nick Faldo (1989 and 1990). The three are the only men to win back-to-back Masters. At 26, Woods has since become the youngest golfer to win his seventh professional major championship. He was joined by his parents and his 22 year-old Swedish model girlfriend, Elin Nordegren.
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