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04.04.2020 Letter

African Response To Coronavirus Pandemic

By Renaissance Foundation
African Response To Coronavirus Pandemic
LISTEN APR 4, 2020

H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo,

H.E. Festus Mogae,

H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn,

H.E. John Kufour,

H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,

H.E. Joyce Banda,

H.E. Joaquim Chissano,

H.E.Thabo Mbeki,

H.E. Kgalema Motlanthe,

H.E. Benjamin Mkapa,

H.E. Jakaye Kikwete,

H.E. Mohamed Marzouki.

Agbe L’Oba House

Quarry Road, Ibara,

Abeokuta.

Nigeria

Your Excellencies,

We write to thank Your Excellencies for the most commendable efforts you are making to help mother Africa get through the coronavirus pandemic. However, permit us to most respectfully say a few words.

Our biggest challenge as Africans and as black people is that we always look elsewhere for solutions.

Permit us to most respectfully ask, what stops us from looking inwards for solutions...after all our forefathers were the ancestors of mankind and civilization started in black Africa?

We have been on this earth before the West and the Chinese and what have you.

We as a people have by far more experience than them all as to how to survive on earth.

We should be their teachers and not the other way round.

Our challenge is also known as Cultural Imperialism and its antidote is AFRICAN CULTURAL RENAISSANCE.

Now more than any other is the right time to put that to action in confronting the current and present danger posed by the Coronavirus pandemic to Africa in particular and the world in general.

Our suggestion is as follows:

First of all that Your Excellencies most urgently put machinery in motion for the immediate construction and hosting of a mass participatory website that will be advertised and publicized to bring it to the attention of Africans and black people globally and to get them to fraternally interact through it as they all collectively brainstorm and evolve solutions to the pandemic.

2, That research institution especially medical and more especially traditional medical institutions and practitioners be sensitized and put forward suggestions and medications from time immemorial to the present day that they believe would be useful in treating and preventing Coronavirus.

3, African governments and organizations and authorities both traditional and modern be encouraged to implement and practicalize such medications and recommendations.

It is important that African leaders developed an African response to the global pandemic which is suited to African socio-political-economic realities that are founded and rooted in common sense.

Common sense dictates that prevention is better than cure so as it is an incontrovertible fact that people with higher immunity are less likely to be infected and if infected succumb to the Coronavirus pandemic Africans should do everything under the sun to radically increase the immunity of all Africans all over the world and of all people resident in Africa.

Luckily Africa is full of fruits, vegetables and other food items that have a high capacity of increasing human immunity.

Also, there are pharmaceutical products such as vitamin C that are easily available in Africa that can be deployed for this end.

We thank you for your kind attention.

Long Live Africa

Yahaya E.G K Ndu

President

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