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Black Africa And The Democratic Experiment The Giant Of Africa And Her 61 Years Of Independence
Yesterday I saw the ‘fuji house of commotion’ which played out in our highest legislative body and I kept thinking to myself;

‘Is democracy really for us?’
‘Does the Black man want democracy?’
‘Do we deserve democracy?’

Guys, I don’t know about you but from where I stand the western style of democracy is not in the ethos and natural constitution of the black man.

It seems to me that democracy has been conceptualized and applied by most political scientists as a ‘one-size-fit-all’ system of government, and I THINK THIS IS WRONG! This shouldn’t be.

The painful truth it would appear is that democracy is not suitable or cutout for everyone, particularly the Black African.

Let’s be frank for a moment and quit trying to be intellectually and politically correct, democracy in its postmodern construct has not served some countries well. On the contrary, communism and monarchy have served others so well. This should not be a surprise.

All of reality (not a few in the West) should be our experimental laboratory.

Here are a few:

China is an economic and military power. It is also culturally rich and politically stable. It is a hub of scientific and technological innovations. China is NOT a democracy!

Russia is an economic, military and innovative power. It is culturally rich and politically stable. Russia is NOT a democracy.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) are among the fastest growing economic and technological giants in the globe. They are deeply tribal, culturally protective and politically stable. The UAE are NOT democracies. They are Islamic Monarchies. Caliphates. Ditto for Saudi Arabia etc.

Actually, many attempts to democratize some erstwhile prosperous Islamic States have led to some of the worst humanitarian crises in history with no prospect of a bounce back in sight. Hence countries that were economically viable, politically stable and culturally rich were thrown into chaos and devastation by the West in the name of democratization. E.g. Gaddafi Libya.

I think these modern nonwestern experiments have demonstrated an irrefutable fact that perhaps democracy should not be a ‘one-size-fit-all’.

Perhaps a communist economy works best for some while a free market economy works best for others. Just maybe.

Perhaps an Islamic monarchy works best for some parts of Northern Nigeria while some parts of Nigeria may adopt a more republican system. Just maybe.

Everyone should not adopt or be forced to adopt the same system especially if it’s not working.

We have to put an end to the western textbook model on governance. We are not whites. We are blacks. And we share no cultural and social equivalences with those that we copy. Maybe that’s where the problem lies. Just maybe. But I have a strong anecdotal inclination in that regard.

As they say, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome. If democracy isn’t producing a different outcome (good governance and economic prosperity), why not try the China model or Russia model. This may be unpopular yet true.

It’s all an experiment and the lab (world) is big enough.

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