Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki, South African politician who was the second President of South Africa from June 14, 1999 until September 24, 2008, when he resigned at the request of his party, the African National Congress (ANC). Before that, he was Nelson Mandela’s vice-president from 1994 to 1999. Mbeki had said deeply: “I am African. I owe my being to the hills and the valleys, the mountains and the glades, the rivers, the deserts, the trees, the flowers, the seas, and the ever-changing seasons that define the face of our homeland.” The former president of South Africa championed the African renaissance.

The most radical and effective way to accept anything is to choose that thing. Accepting has a kind of passive quality and maybe even a feeling of being reluctant, as if there is no other alternative. Choosing something is done more actively, and it is also done more freely. So choosing whatever you’re trying to accept is the last level of acceptance. I have argued many times that unfairness on the part of the people or the majority has contributed to the perception of a leadership “failure” and a faulty standard for evaluating performance or achievement. This is one of the reasons why followers cannot be exonerated from the issue of leadership “failures”, particularly in Nigeria.

This is a necessary wake-up call for those wondering where the future of Africa is headed. More technological innovation, rooted in locally induced entrepreneurship, is giving rise to a new form of growth model, unprecedented in its development. With the rise of new technologies and disruptive innovations reshaping the global economy, the Fourth Industrial Revolution has been characterized as a fusion between the physical, digital, and biological worlds. From the growing adoption of mobile devices to the business use of 3D printing, artificial intelligence and robotics, trends in Africa speak to the continent’s potential for growth and sustainable development in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Pretty unfortunate in this era of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR), that our leaders gravitate towards the opposite direction when it comes to technology and development. It is only in Africa that people die from 18th century diseases like typhoid, malaria, and cholera. The level of deterioration and stinking poverty, to which citizens are subjected by: mismanagement, corruption, nepotism and incompetence. What starts from the highest levels of governments is laborious and excruciating. Most of our leaders have managed to run across the continent in a space of time. The world moves and Africa, such a blessed continent, must be counted as such.

Moreover, a common denominator with most African leaders, with a few exceptions such as: Rwanda, Ghana, Botswana, Namibia and Tanzania, all have embarked on an energetic offensive aimed at destroying everything inherited from our colonial masters. Health, infrastructures, economy and political space. Or more simply: how do you explain a continent classified as mostly inhibited by poverty-stricken people? Home to more than one billion people, half of whom will be under 25 by 2050, Sub-Saharan Africa is a diverse continent that offers human and natural resources that have the potential to deliver inclusive growth and eradicate poverty in Africa. . This is a great opportunity for Nigeria to rejuvenate and reposition our beloved country for the good of the continent.

Furthermore, with the world’s largest free trade zone and a market of 1.2 billion people, the continent is forging a completely new development path, harnessing the potential of its resources and its people. African countries can develop an inclusive future of work, with opportunities for the least skilled workers. However, taking advantage of these opportunities depends on implementing policies and making productive investments in four main areas. These are inclusive digital technologies that allow; build human capital for a young, rapidly growing, and largely low-skilled workforce; increase the productivity of informal workers and businesses; and expand the coverage of social protection to mitigate the risks associated with shocks in labor markets.

Undeniable…. Given the above, Nigeria was once an undisputed leader in Africa, but is now a sleeping giant. Nigeria’s leading role on the continent was a product of the vision, dreams and sometimes the whims of the founding fathers. However, they were based on actual national capacity. Jaja Wachukwu, Nigeria’s first foreign minister, noted in 1960 that: “Our country is the largest single unit in Africa…we are not going to abdicate the position in which Almighty God has placed us. The entire black continent admires this country to free it from slavery.

This defined the behavior of the country, codified ‘Africanness’ in an awareness not just of history, but of a shared history and a continental perspective that has continued to influence successive administrations, weak or effective. Therefore, the new year 2023, the year of elections in Nigeria and the beginning of a new era, should necessarily signal the dawn of a new era. Nigeria, the largest economy and the most populous country in Africa, must reinvent the giant leap and relaunch the African continent through mass industrialization in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

In the meantime, I would like to conclude this article dedicated to the great minds of the black race with the assurance of a total commitment to the African Renaissance, the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the defense of the Restructuring of the Mind, welcoming all of us to the glorious years beginning in 2023. African year of glory. Finally, I would like to assure our esteemed readers, citizens and friends of Africa that very soon and very soon we will witness an unprecedented speed of industrialization on the beautiful continent of Africa. Congratulations!


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