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Topic: Africa (03/05/09)

By joseph oyewole


“Places don’t make people, people make places” said by a Bishop in Nigeria. Going by this wise saying of the man of God, the wave of economic migration to the West blowing over the continent is premised on misconception and ignorance.

The reality of economic hardship on the continent can not be waived or wished away but the right question must be asked to get the right answer. And that is to ask, what is the root cause of the problem? I have asked different people the same question, I have got different answers. Some said it is the effect of slavery, but that ended nearly two hundred years ago. Some said it is the colonization that siphons our resources to enrich and develop the west. Forgetting that countries like Malaysia, South Korea and others were also colonized. Others said it is leadership problem. Do we need an Angel to come and lead us? United Nations and the developed world thought it is poverty and illiteracy hence was pumped and accelerated educational programs initiated without success.
All the reasons above are, thinking of natural man. Nevertheless, failure of the natural will soon give way to supernatural. This piece meant to give a spiritual insight needed for the much sought for solution. The living Bible translation says “the spiritual man has insight into every thing” 1Corinthians 2:15. The natural man reasons as mentioned earlier on could be contributing factors but, certainly not the root cause. Let us critically examine one of them for instance, the issue colonization. The benefits of colonization can not be played down notwithstanding, some demerits therein. The fact that you can stand up today to ask for compensation because of perceived deprivation thanks to colonization, through it, you can read and write. I can go on but, for the purpose of this piece I would bother on what I call classic master panacea.
There is certainly darkness on the continent. Darkness in the spiritual sense pervades the continent. Or what can you call human sacrifice for whatever reason in this age among many other idolatry practices? This is darkness and hence that calls for light. The Bible says “the entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding to the simple”. Jesus: he says “I am the light of the world” John 8:12.

I am convinced that, with the light of the Gospel reaching hinterland of Africa, the continent will emerge. The light had once penetrated Europe though it appears to be on the verge of extinguish but it was there. Before reformation, there was awakening which simply means the knowledge God filled everywhere (Isaiah 11:9). Those who went to school went to study theology. The Church ruled the then world through Roman Empire. It all started with God and he blessed them. They in turn passed on the blessing to others through the spread of the light of the Gospel. The case of America is not too different from that of Europe, they started with God, and the result is evident. I learned General Washington would kneel down to pray sweating and weeping before going to the battle for their independence. It was told also of Abraham Lincoln spending time with God in prayer before sending out his General to the battle front.
There are some individuals who have proved that the light of the Gospel gives light to all dark areas of life. The likes of Michael Faraday who would not give science lecture unless he first go into a church and pray with his Bible. He ended up giving light (electricity) to the world and beyond-electricity in the space. Isaac New ton is another scientist of all time; he embraced the light of the Gospel as a Christian and got the light in him to do extra ordinary things he did, Just to mention a few.
It is therefore my burning desire and fervent prayer that the light of the Gospel will take over the continent. Until then, all attempts towards economic emancipation of the continent may be efforts in futility, because spiritual problems can not be solved with natural remedy.

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Sharon Kane03/13/09
A well-argued piece. The problems of Africa are complex, but I share your conviction that economic aid without the Gospel will never bring lasting change.
A small suggestion on writing style: try leaving more white space to make it easier on the eyes of the reader. Also read your piece aloud to yourself to catch little mistakes here and there.
It was a nice touch to start with a quote from an African clergyman. Good job!
Lynn Jacky 03/13/09
Hi - I agree the problems in Africa are huge - many people in Africa are praying for their nation and there is revival goig on in Uganda, and other areas. They just need more of it. God that is. Thanks for sharing.
Laury Hubrich 03/18/09
This is a very thought-out piece. You present very good arguments. Good job.