Africa is Suffering from Toxic Culture

African Tribal cultures

In this thread, I will try to demonstrate how African culture is toxic, and is the source of our massive pains and suffering under the leadership of people who don’t care.

Most Africans of today are ignorant of the atrocities that Africans committed against their fellow Africans in the past. Even way back before the coming of Arabs and Europeans, African tribes attacked other tribes and took slaves, either to work for them, for sex or to kill them

There are reports that some houses in West Africa are made of the mixture of cow dung, mud and human blood. Where did human blood come from? Massive killings perpetrated by tribes against tribes.

These historical tribal wars in Africa have always been planned, systematically orchestrated, and deliberately implemented by tribal leaders and warriors. Winning these wars were pleasurable and acceptable; they showed tribal competitions where winners take it all.

In the past, these practices were cultural and economic. Tribes attacked tribes to take possession of human and material possessions. Today, the tradition of killing, war and hatred in Africa has taken a more political dimension where tribes want to install their own at the top.

Good examples of these toxic behaviors include the killings of millions of people in Rwanda in 1994 – the wars between Hutus and Tutsis. In Kenya, over 1300 people were killed after the elections of 2007.

In the 2008 postelections, Luo and Kalenjin Tribes ganged up against Kikuyus, who in turn retaliated with massive killings of their own. All because each tribe wanted their own to be in power.

Election rigging and misuse of power is rampant in Africa because people want to champion their own interests. In Uganda, President Museveni has “won” every elections he participated in, changing the constitution as he pleases.

Every election in Uganda is marred with violence and detention of political opponents. Kizza Besigye became a political prisoner in Uganda for God knows how long, on and off. Same as Morgan Tsvangirai, longstanding political rival of the late dictator Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

These dictators have one thing in common – they appoint their friends and relatives to the highest government position and allow them to loot public funds. They cannot stop corruption because they want to protect perpetrators so that they can shield them in times of political war.

So what next then for Africa? For how long should we see this toxic culture of hate and war running deep in our political and social systems? Stand up for Africa. Africa is our business.

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Fredrick Chepkonga

Mr. Fredrick Chepkonga is an educator and writer in Kenya with great experience in writing and research on education, economics, and finance topics. He has passion in mentoring young people to develop responsible citizens and future leaders.

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