ARE YOU A GLOBAL CITIZEN?

On the 26th of September over 60 000 young people gathered on the Great Lawn of New York City’s Central Park. The free ticketed concert saw a star-studded lineup of world leaders and musicians responding to the call of ending extreme poverty as well as different moral issues that have been impeding on the development of many states. The global citizen festival is more than just a charity concert, it has become a pathway to systematic change for the world’s poorest people. It is an initiative that aims to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030. Individuals working together focusing on a way to influence the commitment made by world leaders, governments towards the end to extreme poverty by 2030.

With woman of influence such as Michelle Obama and Beyoncé spearheading this phenomenal call for action the results achieved thus far have been astonishing. Poverty has proven to be the greatest injustice of our time. The world is said to see over 1billion people surviving on less than 1.25USD a day and deprived of their basic rights and opportunities. Trust that most of this injustice and unacceptable reality is prominent in African states, especially less developed villages.

I for one, being from an African country know the status quo of villages, where most politicians are not held accountable for their lack of fulfillment to promises made to the general public; basic promises of adequate clean water supply, electricity, health facilities and accessibility to government schemes providing for the less fortunate. In these societies poverty has even become feminized, linking gender inequality to poverty, one of the prime issues to look at is the difference between wages for men and women and how poverty eradication schemes are manual jobs that are better executed by men leaving women unable to fend for themselves in villages.

We see 1st world countries spearheading campaigns that are directly aimed at benefiting most of our African states that still have a vast number of undeveloped villages. Zero Poverty by 2030 aims at total eradication of this injustice we are facing today yet in our African states, the most affected, we still suffer from totalitarian and dictatorship regimes for only enriching the top people and drastically gapping the poverty datum line. We have leaders who have shamefully made the pursuit of national interests about self-gain and not about what is important and needed by the people.

We see those fortunate enough sustain themselves in the middle class uncaring of what becomes of the people not knowledgeable about their rights and responsibilities and what they are entitled to in the case that their leaders fail to deliver promises made. Right now how many Africans able and well equipped with necessary resources have become part of the Global Citizen movement to help eradicate poverty by 2030. Is it because it does not directly affect their families that it does not matter too much, or perhaps because it is American based hence the notion that the money is for American gain?

Well whatever the reasons may be here is the real bone of contention. We should all be working for the betterment of Africa, preparing it for future generations who need to learn from us the dire need to take your stand in society and execute your social responsibilities best to your ability. Are we going to be able to reorient our priorities to not only best suit our families but the people around us to best enhance our national interests.

When last did you help the old woman in that old village you pass on your way to your favorite vacation spot to hold her political leader accountable for the undevelopment roaming in her village? Affirmative action does not even begin to describe the urgency of the matter at hand. As Africans we have chosen to take responsibility from the West only where it suits us. Now that we are free of colonial chains we have taken control of our own markets, economy, trade, and independence but yet we still leave issues of poverty eradication, HIV/AIDS, women empowerment as their bone to chew. How nice Africa!