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Apart from what I said last time, some of the things Europeans do can also baffle you. A few months ago NATO extended Jens Stoltenberg’s contraction for another year as Secretary General or Head, yet he has been in the seat since 2014? But with all that, have they found their “fountain of wisdom?”
Your guess is as good as mine.
And for all these years we have failed to recognize that all the wisdom in the world of English speakers is in 26 letters and 9 digits. We can’t even revisit Egypt to trace our path from the ancient hieroglyphs.
As for you, just get to know there is no way the West can let Africa be… and given their military and global clout, it’s a fool’s errand thinking an African nation can break free and reach full potential.
Every time President Museveni’s rhetoric is on the problem of identity as what is keeping Africa backwards. Do Africans have a cultural connection which can bind them?
Our poster child Botswana, just concluded extending their diamond mining agreement with DeBeers. For your quick information, the De Beers is solely Anglo-American (British and Americans).
Now, let’s try to understand what makes a geographic location sell more, improve lives of those who stay in that location. It’s the resources here.
Imagine if Botswana was mining the diamonds, polishing them (without foreign interference and bad/thieving a.k.a corrupt internal leadership) then sell polished diamonds to the Anglo-Americans, wouldn’t Botswana alone be bigger than Apple’s market value?
It would, of course also benefit the locals in Botswana…but maybe their education sector would not produce expert diamond minder or engineers (as we shall see this factor later too).
Just know that all these attempts are for naught if we are not accounting for external influences. The best we can equate it to is trying to run a stall in Kampala City without the blessing of KCCA…with the West being KCCA. You may ask why. Because the West must hold us back to subsidize their economy and way of life…simple.
Remember that the West relies on raw materials from Africa, hence it’s to its advantage that:
1. The costs of acquiring those raw materials remains low for them to buy cheap
2. They prevent any value addition of those same resources on the African continent ensuring a market for their products and zero competition for raw materials
Have you ever wondered why for 200 years plus, there’s hardly a viable chocolate factory in West Africa?
Ghana has one company (moreover owned by Germans and Ghanaians) and that is the only largest cocoa producer (not chocolate producer) in West Africa, after one Ivory Coast. Do you think it’s because they (West Africans) don’t like eating chocolate?
All that is external influence, and the West has meddled in almost every section of any African country’s economy. Lets’ look at some of the areas below, where this has and is still happening.
I kindly request that you rank them, on a scale of 1 to 10.
1) Education (Uganda’s NCHE)
3) Innovation and technology
6) Reserve status
8) Financial centre
Welcome back from that simple exercise.
So, if you look at what actually isn’t right and what is done differently between nations the above areas or more will dominate the list. In fact I am available for a bet with anyone to just show me just one of those factors in Africa that’s not already under influence…just one. From our education to financial centres…all are kow-towed to external influences. We can mine our diamond, gold, copper, aluminium, etc. and I think we can sell it and if we can we have failed to build (financial) capacity (of the citizens) to consume locally.
I can assure you Botswana or Ghana goes that route, within two months, you will hear of political upheaval in those countries, and probably a civil war. That I am sure of.
Everything on the list above depends on the level of education. Kill Education or half bake it, the rest on the list and more will suffer. It’s the single-most important factor. Education creates knowledge, education builds knowledge, skill; it creates opportunities in every field. It gives you power to liberate your mind and yourself as an individual and consequently as a nation.
Mandela was right about education.
But the problem is they still support our curriculum, studying their history, Canadian Prairies and keep telling you “stick to it, it works”, yet the quality is deteriorating. In the end they will even cancel your degrees in their country labelling them expired or poor quality.
Our education started going south in the late 1990. Why? Go find out.
Our politicians, to some extent can’t be to blame. The pressure they work under to remain competent is unimaginable. In fact it’s better to be incompetent. History has shown that they (African politicians) only last as long as Smith desires…they are nothing but stewards.
We are not going to be left alone any sooner…we just have to adopt and survive else we shall perish.
….to be continued.
NB: This article also appeared on Medium by the same author. Click here.
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Julius Masaba is a private investment researcher and business consultant. He’s also the Business Development Lead at Ablestate, https://www.ablestate.co/ and a WordPress writer/blogger on startups, entrepreneurship, business and finance. He loves tech. Visit: https://consultmasaba.com/