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African Presidents. Photocredit: brandeis.edu

African Presidents. Photocredit: brandeis.edu

I came across an article this week that listed the salaries of the top 10 highest paid African Presidents. According to Africaranking.com, South African Presisent, Jacob Zuma is the highest paid leader in Africa receiving an annual wage of $272k and Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame ranked #10 receiving $85k per year. These guys are mong the highest paid leaders in the world, this is a continent where many live on only $2 per day.

On another note, isn’t it a surprise that the President of Nigeria never made the list? Perhaps its because the wages listed only reflects base salaries, regardless though, is the Nigerian President’s salary that low? Blasphemy! I hear Nigerians say. They should take solace in the fact that a common Local Government Chairman in Nigeria is richer than all 10 presidents put together. I’m sure every African (if not the world) knows that already. Anyway, here’s the list in full:

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Xenophobia. Killing a Nigerian is now a past time in South Africa.

Xenophobia. Killing a Nigerian is now a past time in South Africa.

Xenophobia Attacks In South Africa Is Simply Idiotic.

We have been let down by our South African brothers. . . badly.

Heard of the word Xenophobia? No? I wrote about it 2 years ago. Now I write about it again because again, it has reared its head.

According to our friends at Google, the official meaning of Xenophobia is ‘the fear of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange.’ Quite literally, it is a dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries. Are you starting to wonder the difference between that and racism? Well, you are not alone. Personally, I think the lines between Xenophobia, Genocide and Racism are very, very blurred.

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Yahya Jammeh underestimated his West African counterparts.

Yahya Jammeh underestimated his West African counterparts.

When West African leaders stood up to one of their own -Yahya Jammeh.

An incredible thing happened in West Africa recently, and somehow the significance was lost on most of us. History is littered with stronger, richer nations standing up for the oppressed in the face of tyranny. It was the case in the second world war with Hitler’s invasion of Poland with his Nazi Army. History agrees this prompted the war which statistically, is the deadliest in human history. Following the invasion, France and the United Kingdom quickly declared war on Germany. Although this didn’t deter Hitler  who subsequently succeeded in also annexing other territories like Finland, Romania and the Baltic states but France and the UK’s stance was clear, they would confront tyranny, anywhere.

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Angry African Policeman condemns South Africa and berates the African Union.

I came across a video by a yet to be identified African Policeman who was venting his anger over the recent Xenophobic attacks in South Africa. His video went viral and one cannot but resonate with his passion and anger.

What I find bizarre and totally agree with in the video is the INABILITY (thus far) of the African Union to take any form of action. Considering the response the video received globally, one would have expected some response from the AU. The video resonates with most Africans since it is exactly how many feel at the ingratitude of some South Africans

This is an African problem, and as such should be dealt with by Africa.

Click here to see the video.

Kole Obasa.