PRESIDENTIAL CONCERT PARTY

PRESIDENTIAL CONCERT PARTY
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Africa! Indeed there’s no place like Africa. The Americans can claim all they like. The Europeans and the Asians can have their say but tell you what, Africa is the real deal!

The other continents might have the sophistication but I tell you again that they come nowhere near Africa.

All good things trace their origins to our beautiful. Talking about sports, one could name such icons as Jesse Owens who stunned the Nazi into stupifaction. Everybody accepts that the greatest footballer of all time is Pele no matter what arguments charlatans and bigots would cook up. Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson were and are still kings of the basketball courts.

The grace of Florence Griffiths, aka Flo Jo and Marlene Otey are two ladies who dazzled the world with their athletism on the tracks.

In the world of show business, icons like James Brown and Michael Jackson towers above everybody. And yes, if there is any doubt, one could throw in Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

However, it is in the political arena that  Africa stands unparalleled as she can lay claim to both the acclaimed and revered in for instance Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah and Nelson Mandela of South Africa as well as the weirdos in for instance, Idi Amin of Uganda and Togo’s Gnassingbe Eyadema.

Right now, despite all the tantrums, damnfool acts and the near crazy antics of the American president Donald Trump and his North Korean goon, Kim Jung-Wun, they come nowhere near the African gods.

Just imagine yourself at a filled to capacity National Theatre to watch a comedy that features three current African presidents namely, Robert Mugabe, Faure Gnassingbe and Muhamadu Buhari.

Togolese Prsident, Faure Gnassingbe

First on stage is our very own wobbly and senile Robert Mugabe, a man who has held the reins of government in Zimbabwe for too long that have stopped counting the years. The man can barely move and if not supported, would fall face down. I mean watching I could see he cannot even lift his leg.

One thing going for him though is that he could speak audibly for all to hear and understand. Where in the world would go have aides propping up a president so he could just walk. Nowhere but Africa!

Next act up on stage has the audience gasping as he attempts to balance himself while attempting to walk a tight rope. People are wondering whether the one is Chinese gymnast.  But no, it’s Faure Gnassingbe of Togo who wants to outdo his late father Gnassingbe Eyadema who (mis)ruled Togo for decades with an iron fist.

While he is balanced dangerously on the line, people are trying to bring him down.  And what is he doing? The president is shooting at and killing his own citizens.

In order to perpetuate his stay in power, he manipulates to have the constitution changed.  When people ask that the state revert to old constitution, he throws the army at them. I wonder what kind of philosophy has that you kill your own citizens so that you could stay in power till your die.

And now for the last act.  We can see a sick person lying on what looks like a bed or is it a stretcher, being attended to. He is being fed all sorts of infusions and concoctions but none seems to be working.

Ailing Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari.

While the family members are doing everything to save his life, his only focus is on holding on to the treasury keys. People crane their necks to see who the sick person only to realise with shock that it was Mahamadu Buhari, the Nigerian president.

There’s murmuring among patrons as to why he doesn’t just hand over power? A lone voice among the patrons croons that in Africa, nobody wins power to relinquish it especially if the one has had to contest and won on his 4th attempt.

Africa, the way our presidents are conducting themselves, leaves much to be desired! The concert party though entertaining, brings no rewards to the continent!


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