What Does the Rise of Anti-West African Dictators Mean?

What does the rise of anti-West African dictators mean? Is it sign that Africans are finally waking up and are deciding to cut the final strings of European colonization, is it just another form of foreign manipulation that Africans are too dumb to realize or is it simply an excuse to engage in the same old corruption and power-grab culture that African leaders can’t seem to overcome within their personalities? I hope that anti-west political sentiments in Africa will lead to greater African unity but I know that that will never happen until Africans adopt a single Afro-centric belief system so until then, here is what I believe is really going on in African politics.

Back in early 2023 when Kamala Harris visited several African countries, I stated that it was a sign for African leaders to step-up their “hustle game”. Unfortunately, no one understood what I meant. Politics at any level is a “leveraging game”. It is an opportunity to use the power that you have to get what you need, not for yourself but for the constituents you represent and the country you serve. Most African leaders overlook their duty and fall into corruption for personal gain. Some might say it’s a racial flaw that keeps and African people at a sub-civilized level of existence but I know that the real problem is that we don’t have our own belief system to support our .

African leaders possess the greatest leveraging power in the world right now but unfortunately, they don’t use it. They don’t leverage the power of their natural resources to gain economic clout in both the East and West the same way China used the resource of the cheap labor of their citizens to become the 2nd largest economy in the world. Instead, the inverse happens. Eastern and Western leaders go into African countries and dictate economic conditions, both by putting African countries in debt to the World Bank and by tying Aid to Trade. The result is that African countries receive pennies for their natural resources compared to the thousands of dollars the same resource costs in developed countries.

In the past few months, several African countries have experienced military and political coups. The new leaders of every one of those countries have expressed the same sentiments, which is that they are tired of being used and exploited by the West. In each scenario we also see people waving Russian and Chinese flags as if they’ve actually gained freedom from exploitation. In actuality, what they’ve done is simply exchanged one exploiter for another. Now instead of getting social and economic Aid for natural resources, what they will have to do is build their military might by buying weapons from Russia and China to defend the paranoia that will grow within their leaderships. They will buy so much guns, bombs, and tanks that they will resemble North Koreans in face.

No, the rise of in Africa will not sever the strings of foreign economic exploitation and it will not improve the political leveraging power of African leaders. It will also not improve the of African leaders by encouraging a greater use of their consciences. Finally, the rise of anti-west African dictators will not improve the lives of common Africans. What it will do is cause more death and destruction by itchy-fingered military soldiers on people who are already suffering. I’m not telling you what to do Africans, I’m just telling you like it is.

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