April 2014: Super Powers
In case you missed the memo, the G8 is now down to 7 countries. For years on end, nations have been tagged with labels. Some years ago there were under-developed countries, but that label was too demeaning so they were renamed LEDCs and then finally, with a glimmer of hope, they called us developing countries. Meanwhile, they called themselves the superpowers, the developed countries or MEDCs.
They were the shot callers.
Just as our fingers aren’t all equal, the countries on the globe aren’t either. Too often we hear of one country imposing sanctions on another and sometimes, we question their right to do so. But it’s of greater concern how African countries are never among this list of superpowers. Even without talking about countries, take a moment to observe the so-called “super cultures”- the ones with mass appeal. We think of superheroes and the first things that come to mind are Superman, Batman, the Avengers… etc. These superheroes in popular culture have superpowers and feel the need to save and protect the towns, cities, countries or planets they come from.
As Africans, we should have our own superpowers- those that will devote their energies to serving our continent. As youthful, vibrant Africans, we are our Superpowers. We’re all privileged in one form or another, and this places a huge responsibility on our shoulders. Is the privilege for our personal use or the greater good? You be the judge.
This April, as we explore the theme of Superpowers, lets get thinking and talking about where we stand on the world stage, our leadership and all the problems with the imbalance of power across the globe. We’ve all got some superpowers but what have we done with them? Aren’t you tired of not calling the shots?
I know I am.
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