Africa Day: A seat for corporates on history’s table

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Over 500 years ago, an estimated 25 to 30 million Africans including men, women and children embarked on a perilous journey on the Atlantic Ocean, betrayed by their kin and sold as slaves to foreign merchants from different parts of the world. Today that history may be a distant memory to millions of the new generation but it still contributes significantly to the narrative of Africa as a continent with the most need for human capital development.

It was that narrative the progenitors of the Africa Day sought to change. Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on 25 May, 1963. 32 countries came together to form the organisation, with the goal of bringing total freedom to African countries who were still under colonial rule, defend their sovereignty, uphold human rights and restore the dignity of the African people.

However, many years after, the burden of African development and unity still weighs heavy, largely because the responsibility of taking Africa into the next level of development is seen primarily as a problem of the political leadership.

Growth and developments in other continents has however shown that it is more a collective effort. It will require government, citizens and even businesses to care enough to look at yesterday, do something about today in other to have a better tomorrow.

Being the drivers of capital that make development possible, corporate entities have even bigger obligation to history than many people will think. The rise and fall of any nation has often had a direct link to the role movers of economic activities played. The foundations of economic power of countries like United States, China, United Kingdom and many others lend themselves to trade activities involving companies. These … Read More...