Curse may I be if I submit irrelevance or project a scathing, vile, and insensitivity to an aspect of God’s creation. Humans are the problem. Sierra Leone is heavily endowed with resources. The tiny nation sitting at the West coast of Africa is arguably regarded as one of the wealthiest nations by natural resources. However, many people perceive the idea that our resources are not evident in the life of the citizens. An unspeculated quantum of people deems it to be a curse. Nevertheless, I am antagonistic to such a notion. The minerals of Sierra Leone are blessing because; it has added enormous relevance and recognition to the nation, and has also aided in alleviating the suffering of those involved in its actual dealings and processes.
The mineral resources of Sierra Leone have added enormous relevance and recognition to Sierra Leone. Supposing a white expatriate pose a question of curiosity to my person, trying to pick on what Sierra Leone is known for, I can unashamedly prescribe that it is for its vast mineral resources. Kanye West, a popular American Artiste, did a song in referencing to our country. I was astonished to see a Pierce Brosnan scene, on the James Bond film, attracting the name “Sierra Leone” to diamonds. As a result, amidst the news of hardship or bad governance, we are recognized for an identity more prestiguous and remarkable.
The minerals of Sierra Leone have aided in alleviating the suffering of those engaged in its field and dealings. The BBC Media Action aired a documentary on TV, which showed a lowly gold miner exhibiting his material morale and achievements. Through mining, he has been able to be the source of provider to his family. All he knows is mining. Therefore, the capacitation and societal pedigree stems from its involvement. There are many more like the miner who have etched the path of survival through the dealings of mineral resources.
One might land me in his bad books for stating that our mineral resources have benefitted many people. They would say it is not a reflective prospect in the lives of the general population. While that may be true, whose fault is it? The minerals are a fixated embodiment of planet earth and its value remains attractive. Why not blame the individuals overseeing the highest positions of authority? I mean, the minerals are extracted and exported to other countries for money. It is the unavailability of decisiveness to utilize these funds for the general good is the problem. Another might want to argue that it is a curse because of our dependence on the idea that we are minerally endowed has slowed our progress in investing in other sectors. That is fatuous. The minerals are just mere objects without any recourse to tamper with our intellectuality to sought for other sectors.
Finally, I believe that we must blame our actions, rather than unnecessary guides. Blame the handler of the pen, and not the actual pen. If only we realize that the creator’s decision to bless us with the most priceless stones known to man was faultless, only then will we attribute a shiny halo to its relevance.