The trying challenges that Joseph went through from the pit, to prison, to the dungeon and eventually to the palace, helped him
experience for himself the challenges that voiceless, ordinary people go through, some on a daily basis.
To have been abandoned and left to die by his own brothers, helped Joseph understand the pain of betrayal and abandonment.
was now able to have compassion for people who would go through such experiences. The sweeping, unlimited power and the life of privilege and comfort that comes with political office in Africa has left a trail of
- plunder of resources,
- abuse of authority,
- abuse of people’s rights,
- insensitivity to the needs
of the weak and vulnerable such as women, widows, orphans, and the elderly in society.
Africa is crying for a new type of leader, strong, focused, tenacious, leaders of morality and integrity that will turn the poor image
of Africa in the eyes of the world, to one of envy towards what Africa can and will become when this self-less ‘Joseph’ type of
leadership begins to rule the countries of Africa, all united in their resolve to transform Africa to be the continent of choice for
foreign direct investment and development; Leaders who will not be swayed by short-term advantage of benefiting from hefty kickbacks
from shady infrastructure development projects but honestly negotiate the best conditions for the benefit of their voiceless
Africa is crying for focused, visionary leaders whose sole purpose will be to lift the entire continent of Africa and remove
the negative images of hunger, disease, civil war, and corruption that have dogged this beautiful continent since Independence.
- The article is taken from the presentation by Dr Nevers Mumba at the 6th Annual GBR World Congress 2016