Viewing corruption through the prism of the oppressed and the looted in Africa in general and Nigeria, in particular, is an interesting exercise. Growing up in the city of Enugu in Nigeria, I often wondered why my father would laugh, smile and/ or get visibly angry while perusing the content of news materials.
There has been an upsurge in the number of Nigerian youths aspiring too hard to become successful through the means of partaking in criminal activities. All over the world, headlines have read so many unimaginable things that have the name Nigeria as its main subject. As usual, the Nigerian youth have been made to bear most of the brunt that is linked to these “unimaginable”.
The past week has been awash with news about the ‘dangers’ posed by an anonymous Radio station broadcasting nationally from the South-East and South-South regions of Nigeria (regions of the defunct Republic of Biafra). The reach and popularity of the broadcasts has raised a lot of concern within the Nigerian security circles and in the polity as a whole.
When I moved to South Africa in 2011, I looked forward to the promise of the Rainbow Nation; to sitting outside bars in Soweto listening to the vibes of Miriam Makeba; and to trying to develop affection for Bafana Bafana; I looked forward to making loads of Zulu and Xhosa friends and exploring the similarities between their folklore and Igbo tales; to being invited into people's homes like we do at home
Is it ordinary criminality when South Africans necklace a Mozambican, or kill a Somali shopkeeper and loot his business? Or is it something more sinister, which ought to be addressed in a special way?
Where there is poverty, where there is a perpetuated cycle of ignorance, where the quality of life is low,where there is repeated systemic failure in addressing certain challenges and where the traditional Zulu king utters thoughtless inciteful comments that spark a wave of violence that has claimed at least 5 lives and displaced thousands of families, then a more practical and sustainable solution is needed.
Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation and its largest economy since April 2014, is holding presidential and legislative elections on 28 March 2015, which bear in equal measure the hallmarks of continuity and potential ruptures.
As Africa's perennial promising nation, Nigeria has failed to live up to continental expectations in recent years. The forthcoming elections ought to provide a markedly different lodestar for Nigeria's continental diplomacy and Africa's collective future.
The increasing dangers faced by foreign nationals involved in the South African informal trade sector have been highlighted by the current incidents of anti-foreigner violence that have engulfed the country and captured the attention of the world at large. Some term these incidents as xenophobia, while others believe that it is all as a result of some criminal elements in the communities where these disturbances are taking place, that we have the perpetration of these illegal and evil acts.