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African Football Players and their relation to Peace and development in Africa From: Chidi Ibe To: Randi Kristensen For: UW-Radically Rewriting America Date: March 25, 2011
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When we think about poverty, unfortunately the first continent that comes to mind is Africa. The reason for this poverty stems from hundreds of years of oppression and colonialism. Most of Africa was colonized primarily by the United Kingdom, Spain, France, and Holland, however, when these countries gained independence from the countries colonizing them, they were left with a lot of work to do to bring their countries to stability and to start building infrastructure. This is why today, a lot of African countries have not reached their full potential. Some countries offcourse fared better than others, but others were just left to go down hill. The main people chosen to help these countries are the NGOs. However, I ask, where does all the money go to when NGOs say they are helping out Africa? Well a lot of the money goes to food and clothes, but are there as many schools as possible built with that money? Are as many hospitals as possible refurbished so that doctors can work under good and clean condition? Well these are some of the issues the NGOs have to focus on. However it is hard in countries in Africa, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, where there is so much war and turmoil that disrupts the work of the NGOS. There needs to be a driving force to be able to help stabilize countries like these. This driving force is football and the African football players. Football unites people in so many different ways. It creates a sense of pride and nationalism for people, which are shown in many different ways. It boosts the economy by bringing in tourists and by the advertisements there are through football. These players who are successful in Europe can do so much for the countries because in the eyes of their people, they are leaders, who have a loud voice in their countries because they are able to bring their country together, even more than politicians. They are the true politicians of 21 st century of West Africa. The power of a football star can really
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influence the outcomes in countries all over Africa and players from Sub-Saharan Africa need to learn from those in the West and what their doing for their countries. People say that Africa in the closing of the 20 th century can be remembered for two events. The first is the fall of the colonial empire and apartheid that ruled supreme Africa for hundreds of years and the second is the catastrophic war in Rwanda that killed millions of innocent people. These events characterize the extremes of hope and despair that have become so prevalent in Africa today, and have been setting Africa back for years. The so-called development that is happening today seems to be failing as we see the real-per capita of many post colonial countries dropping. In Sub-Saharan Africa, per capita incomes dropped by 21% in real terms between 1981 and 1989. Madagascar and
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