All throughout last week, international news platforms and social media have been awash with discussions of a potential third world war.
The aftermath of the US killing a senior and influential Iranian army general, Qassem Soleimani, has sparked fears of a full-on war between the two countries.
It is hard to miss the point that such a war would have global consequences. This is certainly not going over the heads of African countries who would have to plan for the worse.
Unlike the last two world wars, anyone that happens now will be occurring under a vastly different period. For one thing, African states are now sovereign.
So what can African countries do in a world war that they cannot fight but have to be seen taking proactive steps? Here are a few crude suggestions.