Former soccer superstar, George Opong Weah’s bid to go back to school with a view of endearing himself to Liberia’s electorate raises questions about the role of Africa’s education. Weah believes that US-educated economist, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, trounced him in the presidential race on scholastic grounds.
There is absolutely nothing wrong in acquiring education. Weah should therefore be applauded for pursuing knowledge. It is through education that we appreciate self and the world consequently placing us in a better position to make informed choices. But going to school in order to become president demonstrates skewed intellectualism intrinsic in Africa, which is focused on white-collar jobs. Such twisted mentality makes people believe that holding a top international post such as being World Bank boss or being highly educated qualifies one to be a competent leader. If that would be the case, Africa would not be in its current imbroglio.
Education ought to enable Africans understand the present and future challenges facing their countries; integrate with their societies; be catalysts of positive change; be innovative and competitive. It should be a tool of rethink with a view of positioning Africa better to benefit from a globalizing world.
If our education does not impart an unconstrained vision, Africa will for ever remain the object of charity with no place to bask in the globalization sun.
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