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Senegal is constructing West Africa’s largest wind farm that will supply 158MW of electricity to 2 million people

The Taliba N’Diaye wind farm is part of President Macky Sall’s “Emerging Senegal” Plan which aims to speed up Senegal’s development. The wind farm will be completed by mid this year and will supply 158MW of clean energy as well as increasing the country’s energy supply by 15%. The wind farm has already started supplying 50MW to the national grid. Moreover, the wind farm will offset about 300,000 tons of carbon emissions annually thus protecting the environment from climate change devastation.

A renewable energy development company, Lekela Power, is building the wind farm. The total cost of the project is 340 million euros and is being funded by the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), The Danish Export Credit Agency (MIGA) and the United States Agency for International Development Power Africa. The wind farm comprises of 46 wind turbines each producing 3.45MW of electricity and is located 100 kilometers north of Dakar.

Renewable energy as the future energy source for the continent

Africa has tremendous potential for renewable energy. For instance, the Inga falls in the DRC has the potential to power up half the continent. The continent also has year-round sunlight ideal for solar energy. Although the continent is blessed with massive energy resources,  it is not being utilized to the maximum. As a result, more than 500 million Africans lack access to electricity.

This lack of access to electricity contributes to the low manufacturing output and high unemployment rates in the continent. For instance, it has been reported that Nigeria suffers a yearly 5% loss in GDP due to erratic power supply. Consequently, most Nigerians use back-up generators for their homes and businesses. This negatively affects the environment and health of the people through the pollution from generator fumes.

The way forward for Africa’s energy crisis

Currently, there is only one solar manufacturing company, Photovoltaic Technology Intellectual Property, in the continent located in South Africa. The market for renewable sources of energy is huge in the continent.

African entrepreneurs should grab this opportunity and set-up solar manufacturing plants. There is a huge untapped solar market on the continent. Entrepreneurs could partner with foreign companies to invest in solar manufacturing plants on the continent. This would lead to skills transfer as well as pioneering innovative solutions to solar manufacturing in the continent.

It is only through siting these companies in the continent that will lead to the long term solutions of the energy crisis. This is because when these companies are domiciled in the continent, they would provide maintenance services as well as using local content to provide more innovative solar products.

Congratulations to Senegal for leading the way for wind farms in West Africa.

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African youths are mobilising to fight against the CFA Franc: Foremost Pan-Africanist Kemi Seba is leading African youths to fight against the CFA as France looks to sabotage the ECO.

Kemi Seba speaking to journalists

What is the CFA franc?

The CFA franc is the name of two currencies, the West African CFA franc, used in eight West African countries, and the Central African CFA franc, used in six Central African countries. Although separate, the two CFA franc currencies have always been at parity and are effectively interchangeable. Both currencies are guaranteed by the French treasury.

Who is Kemi Seba?

Kémi Séba is a French-Beninese writer, activist, and Pan-Africanist political leader. He is the founder of the NGO Urgences Panafricanistes and has been extremely critical of France’s involvement in Africa. His organization is present in all Francafrique countries fighting against the continuing recolonization of their currencies by France. He has been a pan-Africanist since his teenage years in France.

Mobilization of African youth against French Neo-colonialism and the CFA franc

He recently organized a rally in Bamako, Mali. The purpose was to mobilize Malian youths against neocolonialism, the expansion of the Franc Zone, poor governance and against French military bases on African soil. He was greeted by thousands of concerned and conscious Malian youths. Similar rallies were also held in Niger and Congo Brazzaville.

The French since colonialism ended still refuse to cut the neocolonialism umbilical cords of her former colonies. Despite the criticism of the relations it seems the French are still hell-bent on continuing the parasitic relations.

Benefits of the Eco

When the Eco is introduced, all 15 countries will have the same currency. Rapid infrastructural developments are on-going in west Africa to better link the countries. The Eco will facilitate trade among these countries. Consequently, improving the economies of these countries.

In addition, African businesses will find it easy to set up shop in other countries. Not only will the Eco improve businesses and trade but it will also catalyze the other African regions to introduce a common currency for their respective blocs.

As a result, the cumulation of these actions will result in a common currency that will unite all the African countries in the future. But as the saying goes a journey of a thousand miles begin with one step. The Eco will be a step in the right direction.

Potential sabotage of The ECO currency by France

The ECOWAS region plans to introduce a common currency called the ECO in 2020. This will mean the gradual elimination of the CFA France from West Africa.

But it seems the French will not let go without a fight. This is mostly due to being embolden by puppet Francafrique leaders in power. Led by presidents Alassane Ouattara of Ivory coast and Macky sall of Senegal.

Oppositions to the introduction of the ECO will most likely come from these two puppet leaders. Hence other African countries are hereby warned to pay attention to any stalling tactics from these two. Kemi seba especially has warned of these two so-called leaders as being the prime puppets of France in Africa.

France adopted the Euro and dropped her former Franc currency for the betterment of the EU region. On the other hand, they are opposed to West African countries joining forces with one currency. Ironically, they will complain of African migrants in Europe but still would not allow African nations to develop.

With the expectations of sabotage from France through malicious publications about the Eco and backed by puppet Francafrique leaders, the coming months will see how it all plays out.

What are your thoughts regarding the introduction of the Eco? Do you think that the puppet Franceafrique leaders will work to derail its introduction?

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