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Transforming Livelihoods & Mindsets
LIFE IN CONFINEMENT
90% of the world is always trapped in the 9 to 5 work life that we fail to observe the simple things that make us humans like greeting a neighbor, spending time with kids, conserving Mother Nature, Checking up on relatives and friends. COVID- 19 pressed the pause button for a while to this rush life and as most of us were basking in this silence and tranquility working from home as a safety precaution to reduce the risk a group of brave heroes put their lives on the line daily to combat this invisible enemy.
I personally don’t miss any breaking news during this quarantine for obvious reasons waiting to hear if finally, « they » have come up with the vaccine. But who are these « they » as the rest of us were stone walling ourselves at the comfort of our homes surrounded by our loved ones « they »worked around the clock to restore peace in the world and save lives: Medical personnel? I call them heroes for they are putting themselves and their families at risk.
Life in quarantine would have been smoother for me if the sports world was still up and running but for obvious reasons that isn’t the case. The sports fraternity kept however making headlines by the hefty donations from individual sportsmen the likes of Sadio Mane, lewandowski, Khalidou Koulibaly, Aubaumeyang etc This made me realize how we tend to forget how rich these guys are…
The minimum wage of a government civil servant for example in France that includes a health worker is 1600 euros 💶 monthly before taking off taxes’ bills rent and food. A sportsman like
Messi 40 million euros per year without bonuses Cristiano Ronaldo earns 30 million euros per year only from Juventus leaving him with 2.5 million monthlies from Juventus alone. This is a small breakdown of two people one saving lives and the other playing the game he loves.
I personally believe we are all born knowing exactly what we want but society tends to force new ideas in us and we continue the rest of our lives proving society right. Most sportsmen come from humble backgrounds and in Africa especially football is for the failures though the tide is changing now. Cristiano Ronaldo himself comes from a poor neighborhood in Madeira Portugal and dropped out of school to pursue his passion in soccer the irony is even though his father was an alcohol addict and the family poor, his family supported him all the way; this is nearly impossible in the African setting all we think is a degree = success. And I personally don’t blame African parents for this because a degree is more reliable than making it in sports not everyone is Messi but what if there is a way to do both? Exploit your talents and have a college degree at the same time.
African leaders have this tendency of going abroad for treatment but COVID-19 is some virus that hit Europe most as if to keep our leaders stuck in the same poorly equipped hospitals.
Well as the saying goes you can either focus on what you don’t have or start working towards what you want to have. This I believe is a wakeup call to African governments to invest more in sports just by looking at their Spanish counterparts where football in Spain is the sector that employs most of the populace. This will engage our youth that finish school and loom on streets jobless. The fact that we don’t invest enough and our leagues don’t pay well forces our locally groomed talent to look for greener pastures elsewhere hence affecting sponsorship deals. The likes of Drogba, Eto, Mane, Salah relocated to Europe and as if that’s not enough some change nationality to play for countries that pay well. A simple example of investment in sports paying off is the newly constructed sports facility in Rwanda 🇷🇼 that quickly got a deal in partnership with NBA to host NBA Africa games.
The heroes (medical workers) risk their lives and that of their families each minute spent on the frontline against this invisible enemy with limited protective gear and using one mask 😷 for the whole shift. This is why most have succumbed to death trying to save others this is what a true sacrifice sounds like and I guess that’s humanity.
I pray that all stakeholders have a serious conversation post Corona virus about investing more in the public health sector and that health workers have a fair share on the national cake.
Darkness exists to remind us of the light that surrounds us daily and may we all not forget these heroes that sacrificed everything to save others….
ARTICLE BY YIGA HENRY JUNIOR
PROJECT ACT AFRICA (PAA) @HenryYiga4
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