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African problems are personal, not systematic

Feature Article African problems are personal, not systematic
NOV 7, 2022 LISTEN

The white man has developed himself into an independent part of his society. Being part of a network of laws, regulations, and institutions he lives a more solitary life compared to his African neighbors.

The current economic crisis in Ghana highlights this description. Ghanaians feel relieved that their daughters and sons are married to white people, a jackpot for them, or have made it to live and work abroad. A phone call or WhatsApp message away with tears in their eyes or words of desperation in black and white and money is on its way coming home. They think living abroad means happiness and the absence of problems.

Ghana, like all African nations, has no functioning social system (SSNIT is not even a corpus of such an intervention), no trustworthy pension scheme, no unemployment agency, no unemployment financial benefits, and no social care when sick during the years others are working, no insurance cover when having an accident at work and disability pension, no provision, and institutions to help sick people to be gradually integrated again in the workforce after a period of recovering from a serious accident to mention a few aspects.

65 years of Independence have given Ghana ample time to study such systems set up in this world in several countries and ways. When e.g. a woman is mistreated by her husband or a child feels the same at the hands of the parents both will find refuge and care in protective facilities provided by the state. This makes children and women very independent.

Ghana lacks basic social security infrastructure like JobCenters to help job offers to match job seekers and qualify the workforce constantly to needs.

It is argued quite rightly that democracy in the developed world did not come overnight but was a long process of ups and downs. The mean reason for this was no comparison existed for democracy rather everything had to be tried and tested by trial and error. In our digital age, such needed information is just one click away from Flagstaff House. On top, African leaders as students in the white man's world have experienced firsthand the better system but when back home praises their ancestors for the African way of life.

While in developed countries much blame and help can be put on systems and "stupid" people not understanding them in Ghana it is a very personal affair among the people. As they are out of work in their numbers the African problems get even more personal. While time is on their hands plenty of gossiping fills the airwaves and political party affiliations become the ever-closer extended family to collectively fight the minds of others and what is right for the nation. Politics is seen as a good source of income and hope while in the developed world one possible step in the life of a citizen, is not a die-for affair.

Social Security systems are not rocket science but a structure of good and caring governance. African rulers understand the power that is in these systems from their time at Universities in the world of the white man for which reason they do not promote them in Africa. These systems started with humble beginnings and grew over time. In Africa, no seeds are laid out for a good harvest to come.

When citizens do not demand systems in all walks of life their internal affairs will grow and stay personal.

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