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Why Are Some African Governments Wasting Money While Africans Are Starving To Death?

Millions of USD allocated on tourist sites, tourism, government waste, campaigning.

TB Obwoge
Societal-Issues
Published in
7 min readApr 9, 2022

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Saturday, 9 April 2022

By: TB Obwoge

In a social media post under a Ghana news story many Ghanians admitted to only eating one meal a day, for various reasons, most stated money. There were some saying that long hours at work made them unable to eat a meal. The majority said they couldn’t afford to eat more than one complete meal in a day.

authors photo of Fufu & fish Accra, Ghana (TB Obwoge)

As it is in the Ghanian culture to say “MeNsaAka”, “You’re Invited”, when they sit down to eat. But you better decline this very polite invitation as this might be the only meal that, the person is having during the course of their long day.

screenshot from a social media post The East African News Paper found on Twitter & Facebook

The East African headline points out that there are 50 million people in the area of East Africa facing starvation. Much due to lack of rainfall as well as maize import costs. The entire population of Kenya is am estimated 53 million people (according to Worldometer). Kenyans have taken to social media with several hashtags to make their government aware of the rising costs of food prices.

With only 2–3% having access to Twitter those using the platform overwhelmed the system yet the government didn’t take much time from infighting & campaigning to listen to Kenyans pleas. (This includes Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan as well as Kenya.)

Kenya currently facing high prices cupeled with milk shortages, high cooking oil prices. There are shortages in fuel with some standing in long lines for hours.

In Ghana a gallon of fuel is around $8.00 USD, high prices of building materials that have tripled over the last few weeks. Not to mention food prices gone up some 300%. This is the same for every country on the continent as well.

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TB Obwoge
Societal-Issues

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