I am convinced that democracy will find deep roots on the African continent and the Middle East. Some people have tasted democracy and it is becoming the new domino effect.
I am convinced that since democracy has found its roots in capitals and towns from Cotonou to Capetown, it will reach the Middle East and the rest of the other countries in Africa which are not democratic yet. Democracy is a way of life that knows no borders and that no ocean can divide.
Many people think that Africa and the Middle East are not ready for democracy because of their ethnic tensions or tribe tensions. They are wrong!
These arguments are used by many leaders in order to justify their repressive rule and their corrupted regime and their authoritarian regime! I, myself, lived under an authoritarian regime in Niger for many years, then in Togo for two years, and now you can't believe my happiness to live in a democratic country where I am being able to take part in the elections!
Beninese people serve as pioneers effort for the rest of Africa, especially with the way the national conference was handled, and the spirit of national reconciliation which followed the national conference.
Benin has succeeded in implementing democratic elections and new freedoms despite our country's continuing poverty. Now Niger and Mali have new democratic government and an exuberant democratic spirit is bubbling in people's heads.
There is hope for Africa and there is hope for the Middle East.
I am going to bed now...