BARACK Obama is a young astute, articulate and morally upright politician. His meteoric ascension is an inspiration to young men and women of Africa.
Obama is stepping into the political limelight solely on merit, a rare phenomenon in modern-day politics let alone in Africa.
From politics, business, education and family life, lessons need to be learnt from such a credible standard bearer. Gone are the days when young people of Africa looked up to and emulated the oppressive style of ruling epitomised by leaders such as Robert Mugabe and Kamuzu Banda. Gone should be the days when shameless professors are admired for practising naked opportunism in order to feed themselves at the expense of the oppressed masses in Africa.
Gone should be the days when so called “indigenous entrepreneurs” engaged in corruption and are aligned with despots posing as role models to young Africans. From now on, Barack Obama should be a symbol of a new generation of selfless, educated and principled young people who are passionate about serving their own people.
Obama is a stark contrast to the majority of high ranking, self-serving African leaders who enrich themselves at the expense of starving masses. I often wonder whether our education system is fulfilling its purpose. A great majority of the so-called educated people do not apply that knowledge to the benefit of the masses.
Even the press and the churches in many instances fall short in my view to empower us with insight and truth. To save man from the morass of misinformation, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education.
Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and facts from fiction. The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and think critically.
The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason but with no morals. We must remember that intelligence alone is not enough. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. Complete education gives one not only the power of concentration but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate.
Edwin .T .Kamanda,