Preserving African Wildlife for future generations

I have come to realisation that unless the converted and the congregation can manage to be at the same level of understanding or close on the subject matter at hand, it is very difficult to enforce any new rules.

My father is a hunter. He is the type we call squirrel hunter, because of my father’s hunting skill, I knew a bit about our local wild animals from squirrel to the poor pangolin that was caught in a trap and still rolled up until my father gets to the village, our co-tenant older than me was as excited to see a life pangolin as much as I was – now pangolins too unsurprisingly are critically endangered.

The first time I saw a life elephant was outside of Nigeria, I am not alone. Actually, my over 70-year-old parents have never set their eyes on life elephants apart from the ones on TV and in books. Although Yoruba would say Ode Aperin – Elephant Hunters to include in narratives of hunters of the past years and their powerful hunting skills that suggests there used to be a time that elephants were not as rear to find as it is today.

It is fascinating learning about our wild animals and because I am aware of how much we eat just about anything with fur/scales, I know too well that hunting for certain endangered animals will continue unless the locals are actively involved. One way of achieving this is through education and presenting facts of the past compared to reality of today to the citizens.

You can imagine my excitement when I came across The Omo-Shasha-Oluwa Forest Elephant Initiativeseems message is trickling down somehow but more need to be done.  Yankari Game Reserve, Bauchi is another place to spot African elephant in Nigeria only that it is not for shallow-pocketed individuals.

There is a lot of explanation why Africans poach for ivory, common reason is poverty, how can we get locals involved to maximise the efforts being put into preserving elephant future on the continent? For most of these farmers, lets face it, this is their God-given source of income and would only stop if the risks involved outweigh the benefits.

Having said that on the continent now is more pressing issue of terrorism. Even the poor would give up the last piece of their bread if they were shown how ivory trade has contributed to financing unrest in the region.

I think this video would do a lot to support the drive to discourage locals from continued hunting for ivory, the message is too important to disregard, now than any other time. Many thanks to the team at lastdaysofivory.com  for creating this video.

 

This article is a good read detailing reality of ivory trading around the world.

 

Saving Africa from Africans

August 4-6 was African Leaders Summit hosted President Barrack Obama, the gathering was termed ‘historic.’ A lot of issues were discussed among which were and not limited to security problems on the continent and more importantly effort to strengthen trading between Africa and the United States. To help put trading relationship in perspective, currently China’s trade relationship with the continent is $200 billion annually while USA is $85 billion.

The gathering was very important no doubt, and I hope our leaders come out implementing some of the new ideas gained from the summit.

Here I wonder. Fifty African leaders of which 37 were head of state, in Washington? Together at the same event? We didn’t bite one another for the whole three days! So why aren’t African leaders doing the same within Africa discussing how we can improve trading amongst ourselves?

I get it. For a starter, it is far easier to get American visa from Nigeria than say South African visa.

Washington Summit ended on August 6th.

August 12th, American Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church disclosed his new project, inviting African pastors for ALL-AFRICA PURPOSE DRIVEN Church Leadership Training Conference.  in Kigali, Rwanda August 2015.

What? Training. Planting gospel. Purpose Driven. Listen to the short clip message.

Another leadership training, this time pastors on the continent.

Listening to Pastor Rick Warrens’s Tedtalks speech I can tell he has very similar traits to many of Nigeria Pentecostal pastors but he is different because he lives in a different country where to a large extent, fairness in justice existed, with the exception of people who looked like Erik Garner at least and that the line between the church and the state is a lot less blurry in the United States compared to Nigeria.

Already as is in Nigeria, there is no difference between politics and religion. Our president right hand man is a pastor with bling bling followed by all major Nigeria sensational pastors.

Nigerians don’t usually agree on anything but on religion and the extremity of it, most people are in agreement hence you see cases like this  repeating itself every month despite the risks to citizens and huge amount of complaints from Nigerians. The head of the church by the way, officiated at our president’s daughters wedding less than two weeks after Chibok girls were kidnapped.

Is Rick Warren inviting pastors like Nigerian TB Joshua, well, you haven’t heard from the man since the building of his church collapsed in September leaving at least 115 of church members dead. What happened was as horrible as the event that follows – the man of God is trying really hard to pull supporters so he is not held accountable. 

Before anyone gets the idea. I am going to help Katherine and William on this one. I could have suggested the venue to be Nigeria but it wouldn’t be a wise idea given (whispering) let’s just say ours is a bit different as we have way too many Kings and Palaces so to avoid heated debates and likelihood of blood-shedding let’s not go there at all.

Since the King of Swaziland was at Katherine and William’sthey may want to make Mswati III palace as the venue to bring all Monarchs on the continent together for Monarchs Leadership Outreach. If William likes, he could make sure the event coincides with when the King will be choosing his 16th wife among the virgin parade – Not sure Kate would want that, but hey, that would be her call.

Time for inward reflections on the continent?