Looking For A Country Whose Builder Is Gone By Adedokun Seyi

During the Spartans and the Athens days: the world of warriors, democratic world and a world of the thinkers, the Spartans were warriors and in their setting, male babies were tested if they are good or not. One shocking idea of the Spartans was that if a baby was not good after been tested, either living or dead, they had a dumping site where they were dumped to die.  The Spartans were great at war: at seven, male children were taken away from their parents to be trained for war at the Agoge which is a state-sponsored education system emphasizing obedience, endurance, courage and self-control. They were trained to kill, steal to survive and when they fight during such training, anyone could be killed in the process and that was the end of the person. A Spartan knew that he had to be loyal to the state before any other thing in the ancient Greece.

A part of the belief in a continent of the Spartans and Athens was that these ones, in the Greek land, have a complete planet of humans. Athens was known for the germination of great philosophers like Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Democritus, Pythagoras, Thales and scientists like Hipparchus, Hero of Alexandria, Eratosthenes, Euclid and the Sparta has giant creatures like Leonidas I of Sparta, Attila the Hun, Gaius Julius Caesar, Spartacus, Hannibal Barca, General Lysander, King Agesilaus II, King Agis I and II and Alexander the Great from the curtain of Greece.

There are many countries in history that have no trace in the story of this age, but many of these countries have given many states their foundational believe, ethical understanding, confidence and references. Most women gathered strength from the Gorgo Queen of Sparta, the daughter of King Cleomenes I who became wife to King Leonidas I. 

Gorgo was later conceived of a son for Leonidas – Pieistarchus who became king after his father. The mother’s fame in Sparta was set before Persia invasion which was a warning to Sparta by Demaratus who was later trapped in Persia. The message was covered in wax so that the Persians would not see it, relayed in a wooden tablet. The purpose of the tablet remained unknown until Gorgo suggested that the wax be removed for the message to be clear.

Part of the renowned strong women in Sparta was Cynisca. She was a princess, first woman to win in the Olympic Games and daughter of Archidamus II. The event won was a four horse chariot race where she competed with team of men.

To have picked women above men in the above story was just to show how there was no need to be a feminist or fight for right before you can get it right. These are countries where freedom was borne out of hunger of greatness. The Athenians are educated and gave their best to what needs to be researched, in which through them we’ve had enough time to steal sentences and quote their words dry. Arachidamia was a figure of empowerment. During the siege of Lacedaemon in the third century BC, she empowered the women of the ancient state. Had it been she won the fight with the sword in her hands during her expression when the Gerousia decided to take them to Crete for safety, women would have had fully fledged confidence in their own strength.

Perhaps, the war between the angels and demons of Africa would encounter a kind of revolution; it would still be unlikely to yield a good greener pasture. Many countries of Africa are in a good state of disarray. In 2008, BBC reported that 2.3M have left since 2014 making 7% Venezuelan’s population. It has become one of the largest mass population movements in the history of Latin America: the menace being political instability, hyperinflation, food shortage, price increase to thousands of percentage. When oil price fell, the oil-reliant nation clicked on its struggle and ran government mismanagement criticism hovering over the country. Over a million have entered the Colombia and thousands have made their ways into Ecuador and Peru. In 2018, more than 500,000 have entered Ecuador. Asylum applications have nearly tripled in Peru. Some of them have crossed into Brazil where some of them have been attacked. Countries are now tightening boarders over increasing pressure and a state of emergency declared in some countries. All these are happening in Countries where there is no natural disaster, religion crisis or ethnic crisis, but economic depopulation and poltroon.

The economy of a sister nation – Nigeria, blessed with all resources and capacities has also been taking reckless slip since 1995 and probably enjoying the cruise till date, including when we thought things were fine, cool and great because of the chips we got at kiddies classes. World Bank on April 9, 2019 during a report on regional economy titled “Africa’s Pulse” did an analysis on the macroeconomic variables of 44 Sub-Saharan African countries from 1995 to 2018 categorizing economic growth performance into five groups: falling behind, slipping, stuck in the middle, improved and established. Afterwards, the analysis re-categorized the group into three groups: top tercile, middle tercile, and bottom tercile. The elucidation being that a country categorized under bottom tercile growth includes an economy “falling behind” and “slipping”. If the country remains stagnant between 3.5 and 5.4 per cent in the period of 1995-2008 and 2015-2018, then it falls to them middle tercile and above 5 per cent increase is found an economy of the top tercile class which is the improved and established economy.

In the categorization, 19 countries are found swimming in the bottom tercile: Angola, Burundi, Botswana, Republic of Congo, Comoros, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Lesotho, Mauritania, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Eswatini, Chad, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe: the growth projection of Nigeria rising from 1.9 per cent in 2018 to 2.1 per cent in 2019.

Can we go back to the beginning and start all over? Dedicating ourselves to the natural resources and building a wall against any treasury theft? From the history down the lane, experience of freedom and the heart of abiding by the law was not a foundational problem; it was gradual by the growth of government miscreant and inhumane heirs. If the Spartans would have gone beyond boundary, all Athenians were not meant to live because of their strength in war but a country which stands against itself: its citizens, builders, protectors, developers is only destined to be destroyed by its own hand.

Sahara Reporters