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Commission for Africa: Amboka Wameyo
BBC News website asked Africans living on the continent for their thoughts on the UK-led Commission for Africa's final report.

Godwin Emejuobi:
Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Kasozi Lubega:
Kampala, Uganda

Ousman Njie:
Cairo, Egypt

Samantha Smit:
Lusaka, Zambia
Iqbal Jhazbhay:
Pretoria, South Africa

Yared Mussie:
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Trevor Simumba:
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Amboka Wameyo:
Arusha, Tanzania

Amboka Wameyo

The mandate of the Commission for Africa was to advise Africa and so in releasing this report it fulfils its mandate.

Amboka Wameyo (Arusha, Tanzania)
Name: Amboka Wameyo
Age: 36
Lives: Arusha, Tanzania
Occupation: Africa Regional Advocacy Adviser, World Vision
Born: Nairobi, Kenya
Religion: Christian
In 10 words or less: Dynamic, talkative, honest, understanding, laughs and smiles a lot

I don't see the Commission for Africa being able to do more beyond what they've done now.

There are issues from the report that the G8 should seriously consider.

The big one is poverty, and that it continues to be feminised because women are negatively affected by poverty.

For example, through HIV/Aids or by disinheritance through the loss of your husband or family as a result of Aids.

The Commission, G8 and the AU need to look carefully at issues feminising poverty and at strengthening the status of women in Africa.

The Commission for Africa is comprehensive to a certain extent as it addresses culture and governance.

Sometimes these can be confused.

Amboka Wameyo (Arusha, Tanzania)
Listening to Africa is one of the Commission's stated objectives and is by far its most important

Space must be created for women to have a voice to engage in politics.

A lot of positive things come out of African culture and as an African woman I feel we need to build on these.

We don't need to destroy our culture.

African culture values the family as a unit.

This in turn protects the woman, protects the child and provides an environment in which people are economically dependable.

Children are raised to understand and respect the values of their society and their place as part of it.

This is what we must preserve.

This is different to life in the city where individualism is seen to be more important than holding the family together.

There is confusion between African culture and modernisation as far as inheritance issues are concerned.

I would have liked to see more discussion on HIV/Aids

Traditionally in the African culture the woman and her children were always taken care of by society if her husband died.

But now in the context of HIV/Aids you find that if the husband dies, and even if you have children, the relatives come and take away your property.

People interpret that as being African culture but actually it is not - it is a combination of greed and confusion about African values.

I think that the Commission for Africa did try within their available means and timeframe to listen to Africans.

Africa is diverse though.

Even I, as an African woman do not understand the issues that affect all African women.

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However the main issue is not whether they listened to Africans but if the G8 will respond to the recommendations of the commissioners' report.

That is the most important thing.

The Commission for Africa is just a vehicle to channel recommendations to the G8.

I would have liked to see more discussion on HIV/Aids.

For us in Africa that is the greatest threat to development.

Issues to do with access to drugs would have been to me, things that the Commission could have dealt more with.

I have some disappointments but I am pleasantly surprised by some sections of the report, for example the section on governance.

The fact that the Commission has chosen to focus on the role of the international community in propagating corruption is a great step forward for me.

Your comments:

I read everything about Africa in the papers and it breaks my heart that to read the tragedies of life. It is so rich with minerals and it increases the greed and corruption in human beings. The women are so strong in that country that they don't even realize it.

To be able to raise more than one child on your own is a sign of true strength. I just don't understand why they need the men for status. If the men are going to neglectful and selfish towards their wives and children, why would the wife what to be a part of that evil individual for the children to see.

That behaviour would infect your children and they too would become neglectful and selfish. Maybe it is time the women showed there strength to their children. I know the consequences could be traumatic but if all women come together it will change eventually.
Virginia, Canada

The African problem has external and internal causes. The internal causes are African politicians who adopt, practice and build atmosphere for corruption. And the most foolish of it all is that they hide our money in foreign banks and the so-called First world use it to industrialise their country and boom their economy.

Europe and America used African manpower and natural resources for more than 600 years in the period of slavery and colonisation and today Africans willingly take their wealth to their banks, what a taboo? I strongly believe that only we Africans can restore our land, dignity as humans, develop our society and make our life worth a living. No other person can and will do it for us. The only therapy for the internal problem is revolution.

For our society to have law and order, be completely free from corruption and to have patriotic mentality and sense of accountability we must wipe out all our political bigots. Yes, it might sound very cruel but we have no other options! Every country in Europe has taken this step. We need to sacrifice our politicians for our survival.
Dr Wodi SA, Munich, Germany

One definite cause of Africa's economic underdevelopment is western-sponsored state corruption in Africa: Unless western governments begin to seek answers from African leaders about the sources of their incomes for investing in huge bank deposits in western banks, for buying multiple properties in London, New York and Tokyo and for educating their children in expensive western universities, the fight against corruption, the pursuit of development and the eradication of poverty in Africa will remain a rat race.
Bulsa-kankpegli James, Ghana

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