The biggest African problem of all African problems. From the Igbo and Yoruba of Nigeria, to the Luo and Kikuyu of Kenya and not to forget the Xhosa and Zulu of South Africa, to name but a few. Do not get me started on the Hutu and Tutsi of Rwanda, 1994 is there for all to see.
For a long time, African elections have been nothing but a tribal census. Save for overthrowing governments, the only way to gain power in the second largest continent has been through tribal alignments. In simple terms, the president is the tribal kingpin with the most subjects.
Since the white man left, hardly has the indipendent African voted for the guy with the best agenda. The Swahili call it "mtu wetu" the Luo say "od wadu" while the Kikuyu scream "modo wa nyuba". Our person. Though he be as corrupt as Roman tax collectors or as insane as the North Korean monarchy, he is still our person. We stand by him. Always.
This line of thought started the Rwandese genocide. It was responsible for the post election violence in my country, Kenya, a decade ago. It has began all the civil war that CNN so religiously reports. Yet we never seem to learn, ever.
Time we styled up. If at all it helps, know that we borrowed the most beautiful continent from our kids. We owe it to them that they may grow up in sanity, not adapt to our insanity.
I rise to challenge the status quo, just like Thomas Sankara before me. Africa has been dark for too long. If we gonna bring any light, it's got to come from within. From our selves. Begin by shunning tribalism. For like Luther, I have a dream that one day, I will not be judged by my surname, but by the content of my cranium.
Follow my writings on @YourQuote.in #yourquote #quote #stories #qotd #quoteoftheday #wordporn #quotestagram #wordswag #wordsofwisdom #inspirationalquotes #writeaway #thoughts #poetry #instawriters #writersofinstagram #writersofig #writersofindia #igwriters #igwritersclub