african-girl-childAfrica is the land of many sounds. Africa is the rhythm of life. We dance not to the beat of the sounds but to the rhythm of the drums. We dance not just to the rhythms we hear but also to the rhythms we do not hear. Some people think they know but they do not know. Some people think they understand but they do not understand. There are several things we Africans do not know and there are several things we do not understand.There are several sounds we do not hear and there are several rhythms we cannot interpret.

There are several things we Africans do not know but there is one thing almost all reasonable Africans know for sure. There are several things we Africans do not see but there is one thing almost all reasonable Africans can see very clearly.

We have no idea what America is planning next and we have no idea about France's next move. Is Germany coming again? We cannot tell. What about the United Kingdom? We have no idea what their intentions are. In fact we have no idea what the western world will do next but there is one thing all Africans know for sure.There is one thing almost all reasonable Africans can say without a doubt. The Western World has almost nothing good to offer Africa.

The western world took away our pounded yam and palm wine calling them unhealthy but decided to feed us with expired crackers and diluted Fanta. The western world took away every tooth from our mouths calling them rotten teeth but decided to feed us with solid bones and metallic chips knowing very well there is no tooth left in our mouths.

The western world divided Africa amongst themselves without Africans ever knowing. The western world divided and keep dividing Africa yet their "good book" says "Unity is Strength". Is the western world our enemy? The answer is NO the western world is not our enemy why because Africans have no enemies. Our only enemy is time and time will tell.

Thousands died in Angola during the period of war and tens of thousands died in Liberia. Thousands died in Ethiopia during the period of war and tens of thousands died in Sierra Leone. Tens of thousands died in Uganda during the period of war and hundreds of thousands died in Darfur. Just a couple of months ago thousands lost their lives and homes in Ivory Coast. Several innocent women were raped. Several innocent children were killed but throughout all these atrocities, the western world which claims to be our best friend just stood by and watched as if nothing was happening. It is true at times we fight unnecessary wars and kill our own brothers and sisters but that is just one part of the story. The other part of the story still untold is that, the western world which claims to be our best friend, sponsors almost all the wars in Africa in one way or the other and the saddest part is that, most of my people are too blind to see.

Some people will argue the western world keeps pumping huge sums of foreign aid to Africa every single year which makes the western world our very good friend. It is true the western world pumps huge sums of foreign aid to Africa every single year but what most people do not understand is that, there is no free aid. Africa receives no free aid from any western country. All the foreign aid you hear in the news are just "soft loans" western countries give to poor governments in Africa at concessional rates and NEVER for free. For every $1 a poor country in Africa receives in foreign aid, we spend atleast $8 in repayment. So in short, there is no free aid and Africa receives no free aid from any western country and that is the truth.

Take the United States for example. America has already spent as official donors, about 600 billion dollars in aid to Africa over the last 50 years which is great. 600 billion in aid sounds like a very huge amount of aid but what people do not know is that, about 85% of this 600 billion dollars was spent in America on American contractors, American suppliers, etc. and not in Africa. In other words, we received the "aid" yet the money remained in their economy. French aid is even worse. So at the end of the day you hear these huge numbers in the news and think the western world is doing great in Africa but the truth is that, the western world does almost nothing good in Africa. So is the western world our enemy? Once again, the answer is NO the western world is not our enemy. The western world is just a very bad friend.