Wednesday, 29 April 2015

xeNOphobia




MOTHER AFRICA also known for her love for one another. She is seen helping liberate one another from poverty, her fight against diseases, freedom, slavery. Even the highly respected president of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah in the meeting of African Leaders in 1963 once said "no African will be free until all Africans are free."

Now What are we doing with the freedom that the likes of Nelson Mandela (in his blessed memory) spent years in jail for?





South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa (RSA) is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the west and by the Indian Ocean on the south and east. Its neighbors are Namibia in the northwest, Zimbabwe and Botswana in the north, and Mozambique and Swaziland in the east and within it lies Lesotho.
The country is one of the few in Africa that never experienced coup d'├ętat, as regular elections have been held for almost a century. The vast majority of black South Africans were not enfranchised until 1994. During the 20th century, the black majority sought to recover its rights from the dominant white minority, with this struggle playing a large role in the country's recent history and politics.


I saw this video and I decided to pen down my thoughts.





Xenophobia in South Africa is perceived to have significantly increased after the installation of a democratic government in 1994. According to a 2004 study published by the Southern African Migration Project (SAMP)
Contrary to expectations, the incidence of xenophobia increased between 2000 and March 2008, at least 67 people died in what were identified as xenophobic attacks. In May 2008, a series of riots left 62 people dead; although 21 of those killed were South African citizens. The attacks were apparently motivated by xenophobia. In 2015, another nationwide spike in xenophobic attacks against immigrants in general prompted a number of foreign governments to begin repatriating their citizens.
Its economy is the second-largest in Africa, and the 34th-largest in the world. South Africa has the seventh highest per capital income in Africa. But poverty and inequality remain widespread, with about a quarter of the population unemployed and living on less than US$1.25 a day (with 200 as exchange rate we have N250) phew while In Nigeria the minimum wage is N18,000. Even though in Nigeria most people earn less than the minimum wage.

This is quite disheartening but is killing your fellow African the best way to go about it? Who are you to take a life when you cannot create one? Why don’t you convert all those negative energy into something positive?




Southern African Invasion in Nigeria listed South African Companies operating in Nigeria as follows:  MTN, Power Giant, Eskom Nigeria, South African Airways, South African Breweries (SAB miller), Stanbic Merchant Bank of Nigeria, Multichoice, Umgeni Water,  PEP Retail Stores, Shoprite, LTA Construction, Protea Hotels, Critical Rescue International, South African-Nigeria Communications, Global Outdoor Semces, Oracle, just to mention a few.
Most of these companies pay their foreigners in foreign currency unlike the locals that work for them. The benefits the foreigners get cannot be measured to what we Nigerians get. Foreigners occupy managerial positions while most of the locals serve them tea or coffee.

In Nigeria people do more than two jobs in order to pay their bills and sustain their families. Instead of carrying cutlass and inflicting injuires on foreigners why don’t you look for job and serve us tea or coffee like we do here in Nigeria. Clean their offices or hawk as seen in Nigeria. South African government you too can also help establish you people as seen in Nigeria via the YOU WIN program. You can also become an entrepreneur by acting on your ideas.




Xenophobia to me is just an excuse for one to commit murder and go scot free. Not even the costliest of perfume can wash away the blood on your hands. Have you thought about how the slogan SOUTH AFRICA FOR SOUTH AFRICANS will affect your economy, relationships with other countries and lots more. Remember no man is an island. Let AFRICANS unite and together we will achieve greater heights. #STOPTHEKILLINGS #SAYNOTOxenophobia.

Contrary to what the man in the video said, Gambia was ranked 20th in the United Nation's 2011 Human Development Report which reflected the countries with the lowest human development. Gambia is not the poorest country in the world.



Photocredit: answersafrica, banaction

2 comments:

  1. You really did an x-ray of the whole violence here ...
    South Africa seem to have forgotten that they were once enslaved by the whites and it needed to gathering together of many countries like Nigeria to pull them out coupled with the resilient attitudes of the likes of Mandela ...need I remind them before a fly starts thinking himself a bird that if all country should close down on them ....they would worse off than when they were colonized

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  2. I seriously don't know what Nigerian government is doing... all dese southafrican companies should have been closed down starting from MTN... South African embassy shut down and every other connection with nigeria... the South African government needs to know Nigerians are grieved by this rubbish

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