Years and years of building up a legend that spans the centuries. This is how we transition from 2022 to 2023. Africa, like the rest of the world, continues to live and endure this endless cycle of times with joy and sorrows.
the Africans were helplessly watching the last two catches of 2022. At dusk at the end of the year, several, including Pelé, the hallowed monster of the sport, the greatest soccer player of all time, and the king of round balls, whose funeral is scheduled for this day, died at the age of 82. Scheduled for Tuesday [3. January].
Everyone thought 2022 was full, but it will be insatiable to the end, honoured by Pope Emerite Benedict XVI. Nicknamed “The Great Inquisitor”, Joseph Ratzinger, who died at the age of 95, was the one who sought forgiveness for the sexual violence committed by clergymen and did so on the Black Continent.
Unfortunately, Africa also entered 2023 in the west, with various political shifts from the military coups that have affected Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso.
The only battle worth fighting today is against the terrorists who have ravaged the Sahel and increasingly the Gulf of Guinea states such as Côte d’Ivoire. It has just completed the trial of the perpetrators of the shooting in the coastal town of Grand Bassam, which injured about 30 people.
At the very least, the population of this part of the African continent has suffered socio-political woes from the end of the military coup. Not to mention third terms and other serpentine ploys that cleverly squeeze the neck of the Constitution to offer the presidential seat forever.