While some African countries have enjoyed oil wealth on the continent, more countries await the first riches from oil discovery. Oil wealth in Africa though is portrayed as more of a curse by some, than wealth For instance mention Nigeria to Ghanaians and there is instant recoil at their own possible fate: oil-fueled civil strife, rampant political corruption and the paradoxical outcome of declining living standards that they have seen for millions of Nigerians. The Congo Republic and Angola have suffered internal conflicts partly fueled by jostling over oil. Aid watchdogs say Chad, whose oil is exported through the gulf, broke pledges to use energy revenues to ease poverty and bought arms instead.
For the Sudans', questions are being raised in Khartoum over how easily southern forces managed to seize Heglig, Sudans' main oil field. Some two million people died in Sudan’s 1983-2005 civil war and when the south separated, Khartoum lost about 75 percent of its oil production and billions of dollars in revenue, leaving the Heglig area as its main oil centre. Now, after the 1983-2005 civil war, a new war created by oil is started afresh. Why wouldn't this be a curse to Africa? Neighboring Uganda recently discovered oil in her Albertine region and even before her first oil riches are enjoyed, heated debate is ongoing over how much stake international oil companies got over Uganda as an economy. That an entire state would be blind folded into offering more stake to a drilling company than herself is in the least baffling.
Kenya being the latest in the oil discovery and later drilling venture in Turkana, can choose to either turn it into a curse like it's being deemed or enable her new found love, Oil, benefit her economy.
The Libya uprising that saw NATO forces active in one of the world's biggest oil producing countries yet in Africa, leaves unanswered questions; Was it about the freeing Libyans from fallen leader Muammar Gaddafi? Or was it psycho-graphically centered on making Libyans believe they didn't have democracy? Or maybe, just maybe (which is the obvious) were the "super-power" countries fighting hard to oust a leader who throughout his regime had done nothing but protect the oil wealth of Libya from "selfish western powers"?? Proven by West Africa, the fact remains, that Oil wealth in Africa is a corrupting factor to leaders, with more ruins than gains both direct and indirect. So much that even while expectations on the streets among nationals continue to rise high with excitement of Oil, for Africa it continues to wreck the continent by draining the leadership of its integrity. @joydoreenbiira also on http://chroniclesinmyhead.blogspot.com