Wyclef: What does he brings to the table?
Ladies and Gentleman, here comes the next president of the Republic of Haiti…Mr. Wyclef Jean aka Toussaint St Jean. I predicted this many years ago and now it’s slowly becoming a reality. Izolan, one of the rappers from the Haitian Creole Hip Hop movement alluded to this on one his tracks from his first solo project, “Prezidan”, which actually featured Wyclef and while Clef didn’t amaze me with his lyrics (never has) yet he did say something very poignant and meaningful. It was then that I realized that he was very serious about becoming the next president of the impoverished island.
I know many of you are questioning his leadership skills but he has managed to get himself a lot of money by dedicating himself in the studio and recording quality sounds. They may not all have been HITS nevertheless he still made more money than any other Haitian entertainer.
When he was asked on CNN last night how he can the people trust a man who’s money management skills have come into questions, Wyclef politely said “sir, I’ve been blessed and I don’t need any more money”. So the question is, who will he choose to manage the money; we all know that he has a lost a few homes, got sued for not paying a jeweler, the IRS tax lien etc. and so can we can trust that he will choose someone who’s wise enough to manage this money? I surely think he can and I believe that people need to give a chance to explain himself. On the surface, it doesn’t seem like he’s the right choice but you cannot judge a book by its cover; therefore we need to give him a chance before we chastised him. Haiti needs to be managed by someone who at least understands entrepreneurship and will bring about business in Haiti and because of that I believe Wyclef deserved to be heard; I am not saying we should put him in office now, just listen to him and see where his head is at.
So what are some of the good things this guy actually brings to the table? Here are ten things to consider:
1. His international fame would ensure that Haiti commands steady media attention.
2. He can be a spokesman for the country, despite his poor French and Creole language skills.
3. He can lure investors into Haiti where missionaries and aid workers run roughshod over everyone.
4. He can be a catalyst to get the international community to see the virtue in getting competent Haitians living abroad to come back to Haiti.
5. He can inspire youth from around the world to come to Haiti
6. He can deliver on his promises if he keeps them real
7. He can galvanize the population that has grown cynical about the political process
8. He will not likely be as susceptible corruption
9. He will help develop art and culture institutions in a country with none but brimming with talent.
10. He will stop the five decade old brain drain
From now until the election I hope he can convince the people that he’s ready for the challenge and that he comes across as presidential as possible. He needs to show better judgment because otherwise this country will be doomed.