Africans must accept the blame for the continent's misery. It is a tragedy that a continent so blessed with mineral resources is among the poorest in the world.
It's an irony that a continent that prides itself on ubuntu harbours more hate, wars, xenophobic and racist tendencies.
Africa Day today must serve as a reminder of our shortcomings and what can be done to correct them. Africa is calling for new leaders, thinkers and visionaries to extract her from this quagmire. Africa's salvation lies with Africans, not the G8 or western doctors.
Only Africans can restore her battered image: from a beggar to world leader. I believe we can do it.
If the people of Singapore were able to turn their country from a third-world one to a first-world one, so can we.
We need a new African cadre - caring, hard-working, patriotic and well-educated. A new cadre, which treasures reasoning and unity in resolving problems. A new cadre, which abhors corruption, xenophobia, incompetence and racism.
We can no longer continue to point fingers at others for our problems. We too are guilty. It is our duty to make Africa work. We need collective efforts in fighting poverty, diseases, global warming and the lack of basic services.
Let's ask ourselves what kind of Africa do we want, then let's go on and create it.
Lucas Ntyintyane, Randburg