Over two billion people throughout the world have their eyes, ears and minds fixed on events in Africa, World Cup matches, that is. Each goal is witnessed, people shout and scream delight if their nation’s team scores a goal, and knowledge of African football teams is at an all time high. In the meantime, dictator Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe has begun his latest assault on white farmers and thousands of their black workers by sending his goons to seize crops, equipment and farms even at the cost of resulting in thousands of additional unemployed people in his country. Nigeria is torn by violence as groups clash with government forces over issues related to who receives money for oil resources. The Congo has witnessed the death of 5,000,000 people during the last decade, but more know about a football score than the score of deaths in that land. Rwanda, which has been attempting to create a free society, is slipping back into authoritarian rule because the government will not allow any free discussion of the notorious genocide in the 1990s.
The World Cup is a great idea and it does result in binding people, but along with knowledge of who won which game and which player scored a goal it also would be beneficial to get the world concerned about drought in Niger or death in Darfur.