Explore Africa through the eyes of Sylvester Ofori-Atta, a native son who loves her deeply.
FACTS ABOUT AFRICA- PART 1
1. Africa is the second largest of the earth’s seven continents and makes up approximately 22% of the earth’s total land area.
2. With the inclusion of the disputed Western Sahara territory and the island nations off the continental coast, there are a total of 54 independent nations in Africa.
3. The current population of Africa is nearly one billion people. Due to rapid population growth in the continent over the last 40 years, its general population is relatively young. In many African states, more than half of the population is under the age of 25.g
4.Africa is the most centrally located of all of the continents with both the prime meridian (0 degrees longitude) and the equator (0 degrees latitude) passing through it.
5. The primary region of Africa is often called sub-Saharan Africa and excludes the mostly Islamic countries of North Africa: Western Sahara, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt. Sub-Saharan Africa includes 42 nations on mainland Africa and the six island nations.
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Africa is the most looked down upon among the continents of the world in which we live. It is the least place in this world where people would like to live. Over the years, the media outside this continent have succeeded in portraying the African continent as the most miserable place on the earth, or even the hell on earth. It is even sad to hear people outside this continent say that people on the African continent live on trees and as such, behave as monkeys.
Through all the perceptions leveled against this continent, it is the African continent that preserved our Lord Jesus Christ when he was on earth. It was Africa that opened her mouth to swallow Jesus when he was attacked by Herod and his army. Africa is the place where the moves of God are preserved. Any move of God birthed on this continent thrives. I believe Africa is the only place of safety and security when the “Herods” of this time also attack the moves of God now. Africa was also used to feed and preserve the world when God sent his people into Africa to preserve them from famine in Joseph’s time. There are a lot of conflicts here because the enemy knows this is the place of safety. It has been the character of God to always major most at the least considered places. The glory of light is darkness, thus God’s glory will be seen where everyone in this world tags it as the Dark Continent. Thus, Africa has been God’s agenda to showcase his glory on the earth. Africa gave to God when he needed security the most when he was on earth, thus the continent demands from God to also give back to us.
Africa is noted for its superstitious nature. It is a land of worship. Africa believes in spirituality more than science; no wonder people outside this continent see this place as dark looking in the 21st century of this world. The primitiveness of this continent centers on our perception of things. But gradually things are changing. Africa would rather seek “superstitious” understanding in all things rather than the scientific perspective. The earth itself is full of spirit. Thus there are various witchcrafts, occults, and fetishism on the continent. For example, a few years ago if a farmer planted crops and it did not yield, he would rather resort to praying or pouring libation, or would do anything spiritual that he believes in for the crops to grow rather than approaching the unyielding crops from a scientific perspective; that is, by checking the type of soil in which he planted them. It really sounds crazy but that was the belief. It’s been changing for about 30 years now.
We have yearned for God so much as a continent, in a both genuinely wrong and good ways. There is something that rises in Africans just to worship. One cannot run away from the fact that Africa has its own problems. Our greatest problem has been with our leadership, especially those in charge of our government and politics. Our leaders have deprived us of our inheritance by their own selfishness and mismanagement of nature. Africa has been deprived of generational leaders who would not only think about the future. In our quest to develop we have also copied the western world blindly.
It is said that African leaders are the most corrupt. What a contradiction!! If the most corrupt leaders are from Africa, where do they get the resources to be corrupt? It is the richest continent in the world, yet the poorest. We have every resource but because of ignorance and bad governance, Africans are being exploited on their own resources.
Can any good thing come out of Africa? I believe so. What I believe God has been doing in the past few years is helping Africans to renew their minds to affect his agenda on earth. I think one day Africa would rise up to be the superpower of this world. It may sound funny, but I believe. It is said that Africa is 1000 years behind the Western world. God is waiting for Africa to rise up; the agenda of God is birthed from Africa. . If Africa would rise one day, then Africa must give in its poverty rather than waiting to be given to. The world is in trouble but everyone think the world should help Africa. What a deception. The more Africa receives the more Africa would be poor. Africa must give in spite of their poverty. God expects more from Africa than any other continent, because Africa has been given more in terms of resources. To whom much is given, much more would be required. But Africa is ignorant that it is sitting on something God is waiting to
show forth. The economic and spiritual capital of the world is going to be Africa! Africa is full of energy and resources.
There is no glory going to rise in Africa if Africans don’t rise to shine forth. God is taking time to raise Africa. Africa is where God started; bible scholars and historians say that the Garden of Eden was placed somewhere in Africa. Africa must rise up to be what God has destined it to be regardless of the present realities on the continent.
It is possible!!!!!
I am a proud son of Africa. God bless my homeland Africa.
Let justice shield us
Yes indeed, be our defense
In this land
Let there be a rain of blessing
Yes indeed, abundance in our store house
In this nation
Heal our land, give us a cure
Unveil our vision
In this land
Forgive us our debts
We are born debtors
In this land
We will always remember your praise
When we walk in liberty
Oh Thou our God
Let us lead again, with treasures
As in the days of old
We pray thee of highest heavens
We ascribe you all the greatness
We in this land