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Africa is wealthy beneath the soil. Gold, diamonds, and other precious natural resources have, from ancient times, pulled people from all over the world to Africa, and yet the masses whose feet tread on such riches have virtually nothing to show to the world but poverty. The horrible experiences of Colonialism, Trans-Atlantic slave trade and genocides motivated the founding fathers of modern African States to mobilize forces within and outside Africa towards political and economic independence. Hopes were high as many African countries gained political freedom in the 50s and 60s. However, the sentiments being expressed today by most Africans especially the youth reveals that all is not well with African countries as many are economically weak and engulfed in unsustainable debts. The higher percentage of the reportedly booming economic activities of many African countries do not accrue to the people of Africa. Only a few Africans are able to tap into the economic activities of their lands, a situation that is widening the income gap and sending the more significant percentage of the population into poverty.

 

Economic independence is, however, within reach of many African countries, but the actions on the part of the rulers and the inactions of the ruled may perpetuate the status quo. The situation might get worse if the right measures are deferred. Paths to nowhere is a reflection of the issues that are working against the African man’s hope of a better life echoed from the distant voices in rural Africa to the cries that are often lost in the noisy and busy streets of urban Africa. Paths to Nowhere is written because the African situation is a ticking time bomb that is ready to explode. Unless something is urgently done to reverse the trend, an explosion is imminent, and the consequences might be disastrous. A cue from the Arab springs, suggests that, when all the remote causes are set, it takes just one action such as a frustrated person setting himself on fire to set in motion series of uncontrollable events.

 

Using Ghana—the first black African country led by Kwame Nkrumah to gain independence from colonial rule—as a case, Paths to Nowhere takes a look at the twist and turns of African countries in pursuit of the African dream. The books examine the obstacles in the path of independent African states from political freedom toward the ever-eluding economic freedom. Paths to Nowhere highlights the actions, inactions, systems, controls, powers, traditions, beliefs, assumptions, neglect, carelessness, and mistakes that have gradually eroded the confidence and expectations of the African and what it takes to reverse the order.

 

The author draws from his political and administrative experience and practical knowledge of the sociopolitical terrain across the sub-Saharan Africa region to bring to the fore the overarching issues that are keeping the masses in Africa poor despite the rich resource base of the continent.