Ghanaian based Haitian historian of African History, Dr. Mikelle Antoine says ?there is the need for Ghanaians and other Africans to identify the root cause of their problems in order to find lasting solutions.?
While acknowledging that Africans cannot always blame Europeans for their current undesirable predicament, the former Lecturer of Ashesi University is of the view that in order for Africans to move on, they have to understand the role European imperialism and neo-colonialism have played in the underdevelopment of Africa.
Speaking on Inside Afrika ? a Pan African Development program on Accra based Radio Universe, Dr. Antoine said ?definitely Africans will have to get to a period where we have to stop pointing fingers, but I don?t think we are there yet.?
According to her ?We still haven?t analysed completely what our problems are as Africans.?
Speaking on the same program, a former Communications Director of the Conventions People?s Party (CPP) and current member of the Progressive People?s Party (PPP) William Dowokpor was of the view that bad governance and poor leadership are the root causes of Africa?s current poor state of development and not colonialism or neo-colonialism.
In this regard, he said ?Today it is not about colonialism, it is not about imperialism, it is about economic transformation and we have what it takes just that we are not exercising good leadership.?
On his part, Ghanaian based American Professor Michael Williams said neo-colonialism is real and Africans must confront it if they are ever to develop.
Meanwhile, last week on Inside Afrika, The South African High Commissioner in Ghana, Jeanette Ndhlovu challenged Ghanaians and other Africans to reflect on what every individual can do to solve Africa?s problems.
Instead of always apportioning blame for our predicament as Africans, Ms Ndhlovu is of the view that ?we need to look at ourselves and ask what is it that I can do to contribute to a better world??
According to the South African High Commissioner, it is important for Africans to take responsibility for their own development ?because that is what will save us from the dehumanising poverty, slums and underdevelopment that is seen in many of the African countries including South Africa.?
?Frankly, talk is very cheap. Anybody can say anything they want but in terms of concretely engaging in activities that will improve the lives of ordinary Africans that is where we can sit down and talk? Ms Ndhlovu asserted.