Africa Top 10 Problems: Not the ones You were thinking about!

africa-faceAfrica is not poor. Africa is a rich continent inhabited by poor people. Once we fix the people problem, everything else will fall into place.

In this post, I share what I consider to be the top 10 problems affecting the people ability to fix themselves and subsequently take control of their destiny.

1. The Poverty Porn

Humanitarian organization like UNICEF, Doctors without Borders, and alike have done more damage to Africa than the marginal positive impact they supposedly have had.

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In order to raise money for their operations, they have engaged into a “poverty porn” depicting Africa with the most degrading, and humiliating images. African people dignity is not something they cared about. The huge billboard and magazines photos showing Africa at its worst now fill the mind of billions of people around the world, and unfortunately those people can’t help but think about Africa only trough those images. (In the same time, those medias won’t show the photo of a dead American or English soldier, because it’s shocking and doesn’t respect human dignity)

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The worst consequence of this “free publicity”  is the way it has deeply impacted Africans self-perception and self-image.

For example, It’s common in France for African immigrants who are having problems with their teenagers to threat them “If you’ll continue to behave that way, you’ll be sent back to Africa”, meaning “We will send you to the hell you have seen on TV or in the Newspaper”.

The “Poverty porn” of the NGOs, the humanitarian organizations, and Western medias is the problem number one because it sabotages Africans self-image, weakens their sell-confidence and resolve, and contributed hugely to the hate and racism Africans face all over the world.

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Swedish minister in ‘racist cake’

 

2. International Aid

If foreign aid would develop any place, Africa will be the most developed continent in the world.

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International AID is now doing more harm to Africa than good. It became the main tool used by foreign governments and organizations to corrupt the African elite, and get them to behave so irrationally toward their own populations and the basic interest of their countries.

Aside corruption and the criminality, International Aid is the root of the 5 Stars colonization disease that cripple the African elite which dislike the responsibility and the self sacrifice that comes with being in control of a nation destiny. As far as they enjoyed the status offered by their positions, they never liked the responsibilities demanded by the jobs, therefore they use international aid programs as substitute to their responsibilities.

If Africa needs any aid, the most urgent one is to get rid of the 40 billions corruption industry (called International Aid) that shackles its youth and elite, cultivates and maintains the beggar mentality.

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How would you develop any country when the dream of  the majority  of its youth and elite is not entrepreneurship, innovation, education and self-sufficiency, but the dream to have a job with a humanitarian organization or to get their project financed by some International aid Agency or proxy.

 

3. International Medias

A friend of mine recently told me that the “Global Lying System” (referring to the western medias covering African news) is one of the biggest threat to peace and development in Africa. African tribes are created in London, Brussels and Paris by journalists. 

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The colonial heritage of those journalists (unless they are instructed to do so) makes them to  see Africa only as a collection of tribes and focus their coverage on what they call as tribal issues. They create new realities like “People from the North” compared to “people from the South” or “people from the West”. They invent new divisions with creative imagination, like the Belgians falsely created the “Tutsi” and “Hutu” tribes in Rwanda which ultimately lead to the genocide in 1994.

The western medias seems to follow an agenda of further dividing African nations and populations  with their constant framing of Africa through fight between tribes, religions, geography, etc. This must stop before African could unite to fight their way out.

The influence of western medias in Africa is very negative, and could be considered as part of Africa problems.

The second most negative effect of the western medias in Africa is that they tend to focus their attention on what the Europeans or the White people are doing in Africa or for Africa, and how they are saving Africa, therefore continuing to create the false impression that Africa is a hopeless place with lazy people that could be saved only by the white man.

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What you often see is a white man helping African or an outsider making change in Africa. That’s bad, and perpetuate the feeling that Africans are incapable to solve their problem by themselves, and reinforce in the mind of the young people and generation “the white man as a savior” mentality. Very Bad!

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Panel of experts on Africa development – Africa Without Africans

 

4. The Colonial Borders

The current African countries borders are nonsenses. A study done in the years 70s showed that African nations had less trade between themselves than before colonization (How Europe Underdeveloped Africa).  The situation has not change much since then.

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There is no immediate solution, but initiative like the African passport or Visa would greatly improve the movement of people and increase the potential of intellectual and commercial exchanges.

5. Ignorance of the Books of Machiavelli, Hegel & Darwinism

The western elite that currently rules the world has 3 majors intellectuals influences: Machiavelli (How to rule over people with cynicism and deception), Hegel (using the Hegelian dialectic of history they consider the western civilization as the end of history) and Darwin (the Survival belongs to the fittest, therefore the white race should stay at the top and rule over other races).

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Anyone who wants to understand the intellectual principles that are shaping our current world, should deeply understand the above 3 authors and their influence on the western elite.

Maya Angelou always advise the African-American elite to read The prince of Machiavelli, because, she said, without a proper understanding of this book, you won’t understand the western elite. The Prince is their bedside book. it contains the main principle all imperialist applies: “If you want to control the people, separate the people and you can rule them. Divide them and you can conquer them.”

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The ignorance by the African elite of the principles by which the western Elite think and act is a major cause of their permanent naivete  and incompetency.

 

6. The Rich Subaltern Mentality

There are two kinds of people in Africa, those who can’t make a living regardless of how much they put in, and those with lavish lifestyle and privileges regardless of how little they contribute.

The first group is made of those who has not contact with “white” people, and the second is made of people who has contact with “white” people.

If you live in Africa or know some African people, make a list of 10 people you know or have heard about who have a “good life” and social privileges. You’ll quickly find out that 90% those who have a good life are people who work for the “white” or with the “white”. They serve foreign-owned or controlled companies,  organizations or foreign NGOs in Africa. They have big houses, nice cars, home servants, and enjoy high social status and privileges.

I call those the “Rich subalterns” or the “Selected subalterns”.  (“White” in Africa is used for “European”, “Chinese”, “Lebanese”, “American”, etc. In the context of this article it could be easily replaced by “foreigners”.)

What is the problem?

The problem is that you can’t develop a country or continent where the majority of people who have the potential to become leaders are raised to be “good subalterns” to be successful.

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Young people aspire to emulate the most successful models in their society, and now the only visible and tangible model available is the rich subaltern model.

There will be no problem with the rich subaltern model if this group of population was not made mainly with “non-productive” people working in middle management position. Middle managers in office don’t create companies, they don’t create value, they don’t create jobs, they don’t invent, innovate or act in leadership position with the power to change things.

 

7. Lack of Domestic Leadership Education

Africa is not poor, Africa has a leadership problem. For any society to prosper it should have a endogenous system of identifying, training and coaching its future leaders. Some countries do it through their military services, some do it through elite schools, and some others do it through informal coaching and assistance organizations or secret societies.

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The main issue about Africa leadership is not the quality of its individuals, but the quality of the group of individuals. Individually there are lot of brilliant people, but collectively they fail to work together harmoniously on long term vision, and commit with integrity and loyalty to their country or long term vision.

The reason behind this failure is that most the so called leaders are trained outside their country and context, by people who has no knowledge of the context in which their leadership skills would apply. Additionally, the heterogeneity of the systems in which they have trained make it difficult to make them work well together.

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Domestic leadership education systems and programs that raises in the same place and context for a long period of time a whole generation of new leaders is the way to go.

 

8. Lack of Science & Engineering Education

A study done few years ago at the Stanford University (I’m struggling to find my source) demonstrated how colonial powers tend to drastically reduce the study of science and engineering in the countries they have occupied. They would favor literature and subaltern studies that would make the graduates just good enough to assist them in running the colonies or the occupied countries.

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Results, Africa has a lot of “talkers”, people with oratory prowess. Now, We don’t need more of those lawyers, sociologists, philosophers, but more scientists and engineers.

 

9. Lack of International Intelligence network

Africa knowledge of the world is very limited. I’d agree that most of my fellow Africans have very little idea of the world they are living in, specially the forces and trends that are shaping it.

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This lack of intelligence is bad, because it leaves the continent unaware of events and shifts that could affect it.

 

10. The Crab Mentality

If you put several crabs into a bucket, and if one of them begins to crawl out, one or more of the other crabs will put it back down and prevent its escape. It’s called Crab Mentality.

 

This is a good metaphor for us as Africans to Unite and create strong networks that support each other, while avoiding the Judas goats.

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Mawuna Remarque KOUTONIN

About Mawuna Remarque KOUTONIN

Mawuna Koutonin is a world peace activist who relentlessly works to empower people to express their full potential and pursue their dreams, regardless of their background. He is the Editior of SiliconAfrica.com, Founder of Goodbuzz.net, and Social activist for Africa Renaissance. Koutonin’s ultimate dream is to open a world-class human potential development school in Africa in 2017. If you are interested in learning more about this venture or Koutonin’s other projects, you can reach him directly by emailing at mk@linkcrafter.com.

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98 Responses to “Africa Top 10 Problems: Not the ones You were thinking about!”

  1. Dr Florent Pumu

    Dear Mawuna

    I like you Africa Top 10 problems… Can you send it to my e-mail. Do you mind me putting a link to out web? I really like it
    Dr N F Pumu

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  2. David Okwii

    Mawuna,
    I largely disagree with the most part of the article as it blames the white man for most of our problems. What i agree with, is where you focus on the problem within in point 7 “Africa is not poor, Africa has a leadership problem.” and point 10 about the “crab mentality”.

    Am also looking forward to African who don’t just whine about their problems, but those with solutions especially when it’s within your means to provide. For instance the question of bad media coverage of the African continent. With today’s cheap and world-wide media platforms on the internet, no African should whine about this problem as it’s within their ability to start up blogs, social media channels and rewrite the African story. Now am glad that you with this blog is already doing that and hence should encourage more Africans to swing into actions. We are the TechPost(www.techpost.ug) are passionate about retelling the world about innovations in the African continent as with time, the bad image of children starving, HIV/AIDS, civil wars, dictatorial regimes will forever be washed off the western mindsets.

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    • Mawuna Remarque KOUTONIN Mawuna Remarque KOUTONIN

      hey, David
      Thanks for your comment. I understand your point of view, and I also think that we need to unite and work together to solve our problems.
      You might not understand now some of the ideas expressed here, but believe me they are not made up.
      Neither Paranoia nor Naivete are perfect solutions, but as the saying go, ONLY the paranoid survive!

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  3. Owaahh

    Like David Okwii up there, I largely disagree with where the article directs the locus of responsibility. Why do we expect the West or China, or any conquering power, to be good to us? Machiavellian politics should tell us that they are predatory, as any conquering power should be. The west has used soft power to drive what Nkrumah called ‘neocolonialism’ while China is using a new form of economic subjugation. My point is, while I get the gist of this list, I feel that it largely regurgitates most of what we already know. Should we attempt to conquer our own states, or build a regional body, or conquer the world? The answer is complex, and now, with this ‘Africa is the future’ blackmail, the tide is coming…

    On another point Okwii raised, I also think we need to suck it up and begin to rewrite our history instead of regurgitating what the colonial government and later apologists fed us. We need to take control, actively, and not just in economics or education.

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    • Mawuna Remarque KOUTONIN Mawuna Remarque KOUTONIN

      Like David, your thinking is too much self-centered. You see how capable you are, and you project that into all other people, and assert that because you can then all other people could.
      You just can’t image how many people are damaged by the white supremacist propaganda.
      Remember you can’t go that far alone. If you want to discover the system I’m talking about, here are 4 challenges for you:
      - Apply to run any company or organization of more than 100 people.
      - Try to raise 50K dollars to finance a project or company
      - Ask 10 friends to contribute to Wikipedia to write about your country history and even your village
      - Try to spread a message to reach more than 1000 people in you country
      When you’ll undertake any of the above challenge, you’ll have a glimpse of the system I’m talking about. Disagreeing or Talking about potentiality only wouldn’t help us.
      There is an elephant in the room. You can’t see it because you are too small.
      I hope you understand.

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  4. Owaahh

    …I wish I could say I do, but it is this mentality that the world owes us any more than we are willing to take that is slowing us down. First, your list assumes that Africa is homogenous, and is underlied by the ‘we have boobs now’ mentality that has led us to lobby for the seat of St. Peter, and other ‘global positions.’ I will give you an example, countries such as Brazil and China are not just different economically, they have also set out to build their own global position. The idea for a BRICS development bank is meant to create a tier between Breton Woods institutions and Africa, replace one master for another…and we must remember that very few conquering powers have done so without the few in the vanquished who sell out early. That is what we’ve done, we now believe that we must be validated by the West to be complete. Another example is whether capitalism is good for Africa, or whether our inherent ‘gift culture’ is at loggerheads with our ‘fight against corruption.’
    If I was to take you up on that process you outlined above, I would be building on a Western platform, would I not? Because that is our main problem. All our innovation, and I am Kenyan, including the famous MPESA is not exactly innovation but a short-term solution to a long-term problem. On engineering and such, we are not even innovating, we are trying to start where other countries were in the 19th century, examples being the Zambia Space program [which was a total joke] and the guy who tried to fabricate a helicopter the other day.

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  5. Mawuna Remarque KOUTONIN Mawuna Remarque KOUTONIN

    I’m sorry to say that you are more qualified to have merely informed discussion with friends in a bar than commenting on the subject above, that arguably you still don’t understand.
    You trow out lot ideas, in so many directions that it’ll be hard to have any substantial discussion here.
    Like you can’t explain orgasm to a virgin, I’m not sure I can help. You just don’t understand, and maybe can’t understand.

    What is you current occupation?

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  6. Justino

    Mawuna: you assume that you hold all truth and knowledge and don’t seem open to debate at all? That reeks of the same arrogance and cynicism which you say is the root of most of Africa’s problems.

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    • Mawuna Remarque KOUTONIN Mawuna Remarque KOUTONIN

      @Justino You can NOT debate opinions. Only Facts could be debated.
      When a person says “I disagree” then go on to prove his point of view by a list of additional opinions, you can’t debate under those circumstances. You do that in a hair saloon or a bar with
      Opinions should be supported by facts, data or knowledge.

      Because someone can listen to BBC News and repeat the headlines in a conversation, doesn’t make him or her an informed or a knowledgeable person. Additionally, there no sanity in a conversation when people start to trow a bunch of opinions out and in many directions in the same sentence. That leads to cacophony.

      Clarity of mind is the basic of knowledge.

      Image a room with a big elephant. Now imagine a kid in the room whose head could barely touch the belly of the elephant. Then, imagine an adult in the same room who could see the whole elephant. Ask the kid if there is an elephant in the room, he will reply NO, but strongly claim that if there an elephant at all, that elephant constitutes the 4 pillars of the world. Now ask the Adult about the elephant, and he would reply he can’t live with that elephant in the room.

      I don’t know where you stand in that story, but it’ll shape your worldview and opinion.

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  7. Anonymous

    Mawuna. I agree with your post number (8). The tasks you outlined are perfect for anyone to fully understand the depth of your post. I’m African, married to a Caucasian, an inventor, entrepreneur and technologist trained and lived on 3 continents. Europe, America and Africa.

    Some people can’t appreciate your post until they try to move out of their immediate salary comfort zone and do something big that could help Africans. You will be pulled back by not just the west, but by Africans themselves. The Crab mentality is real and the reason is simple.
    Overall, I believe that the lingering effect of all these is telling on our intelligence collectively. Without exposure, education, experience, people don’t tend to be seen as intelligent and if you are deemed not to be, the circle continues. There is only one Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison. See what the west has made out of that. We don’t get that in Africa (We are not smart enough to recognize it) due to the crab mentality. Enough said

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  8. mark

    whoever makes the colonial boarders map got it completely wrong when it comes to Ethiopia. Ethiopia draw its own boarders as well as Eritreans – Menelik was stupid enough to let the Eritrean boarder to Italians.

    In addition to this, most business in Ethiopia owned by Ethiopians. Most successful businessmen at Merkato don’t have any affiliations with white-men. But i strongly agree with most of the points you raised.

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  9. Farrelly57

    An article that says everyone is to blame except the Africans themselves? Perhaps that’s all that needs to change.

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  10. arthur pendragon

    Interesting, and not unfamiliar. I was a student at UCLA and we volunteered on the weekends to drive cars to Mexico for people to paint. I had a lot of fun. It was organized by a Columbian who felt as this article. We also brought food clothing and medicine. Really I am white and by comparison rich, but not like a professional corporation.
    So poverty exists for now.

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  11. Meriawee

    Mawuna:
    I agree with your post number 10 (the crab mentality). I thought it was particularly Ethiopian problem. Thank you I understand that Ethiopia is no different than other African countries. Experience, education and knowledge is the only solution for our society to come out of this problem.

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  12. Christopher Omoding

    This is a very informative article. I wish our leaders could read it and act on the recommendations mentioned therein. No other person can help Africa get out of poverty except Africans themselves. Look at China. It is their own hard work and visionary leadership that have contributed to their success story, not support from IMF or the World Bank or any other Western influence. Africa needs to learn from the Chinese. We need to wake up! Africa, please wake up!

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  13. Angela

    I am a Kenyan who totally agrees with all your views. I would have shared this article on my blogs and other networks I am part of but you have so many grammatical and syntax errors not to mention there is no standford university.I do not mind editing the entire article for you as I feel everybody needs to read this, including those who think we are not smart and cannot write well.

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    • Mawuna Remarque KOUTONIN Mawuna Remarque KOUTONIN

      Thanks for your comment. English is not my native language and I still struggle to speak and write it correctly. Shame on me.
      I’m doing my best to improve but it’s taking so much time.
      Feel free to suggest.
      Mawuna

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  14. Hanifah

    I have grown up in America but my paternal lineage extends from East Africa, Uganda.. Aside from that tidbit–From one writer to another–This article was beautifully written, organized and paced. It was genuinely delivered and the vibe was felt as well as the facts clearly stated. Miss lady above could have saved her smug grammar comment–on top of that– the gall– assuming you cosign her credibility to even commit to revising your article.. Rubbish! People need not project their own insecurities on others– it is a source of much confusion! Beside that– I just found this blog and I will be checking in to see what other insight you have to present! Again– Thank you for what you are contributing!

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  15. Paul

    Mawuna, you take a strong position and have publicly put forward an alternative intellectual discourse to which I thank you. I am from Australia and as such we are subjected to the type of media you have mentioned, which to me has the aim of advertising, and reinforcing to westerners, capitalism as both an answer and a preventative. I myself, being architect, will be visiting Uganda to work on a project and we have been strongly advised to design free from the mindset of ‘the west is best’. Your comments have proved most helpful for my research and preparation to your continent.

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  16. Jackson

    Mawuna,

    Thank you for posting this article. It gives great insights about your perspective on how Africans feel about outside help.

    I want to discuss something with you. As an American citizen, I strongly disagree with a lot of the things that my government and the big corporations do to exploit other countries. Though a lot of what you say is on point, not all white people in America want to exploit and enslave the people of Africa. I myself am very passionate about helping others, and want to do whatever I can to help the people of Africa rise up and be free to enjoy a life of dignity.

    From what you are saying, it sounds to me like you want outsiders like me to just leave you alone and not do anything. If this is what you believe is best, this is what I can do. But know that when I try to help, it does not come from a place of thinking I am superior to anyone else. It comes from a place of love and responsibility to use what I’ve been blessed with to help others who have not had the opportunities I have – the same way I hope they would do if the positions were reversed.

    Let me know what you think is best. Thank you.

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    • Mawuna Remarque KOUTONIN Mawuna Remarque KOUTONIN

      Hi, Jackson
      I strongly believe we are the same humanity, and like the plant and flowers, colored differently by location and conditions to survive and thrive.
      I’ve met numerous people around the world that understand that basic principle and live by it. Unfortunately, the politics and a bunch of psychopaths have seized the world bureaucracy and economy and are successfully changing the fragile life on earth into a hell for the huge majority.
      Without trust there is nothing possible, so I believe trust should be first given and then tested. Once gained, bonds are stronger.
      Africa is the homeland of all races and cultures. They all started from here, and they are welcome back.
      Please, let’s me know in which field you want to contribute in Africa, and I might put you in touch with people I know or welcome you in my personal endeavor.
      Enjoy your day!
      Mawuna

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    • Ndifor

      Hi Jackson. Read your comments and hope your input can be if some help. can reach anytime.

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  17. Sylvester Boyd

    This is for all Africans reading this with a desire to move it forward, you need a dependable power base to accomplish your desire to provide for the needs of the people, that power base is renewable energy, especially SOLAR. It’s clean, renewable and it is recyclable. The African countries that institutes renewable energy will have the first and strongest element of control of the destinies…

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  18. Nomsa Khanyile

    I read the article – so true. Interestingly I was chatting to one of my cousins who is studying at Wits and she told me one her lecturers said that "Slavery wouldn't have happened without the participation of the Africans"! I'm still flabegasted that someone would say that – this is like someone saying that rape wouldn't happen without the participation of the victim! Yeah we need to stand up and raise Africa

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  19. Africa

    Oh, my god!!! If only the African leaders had your way of thinking or a whiff of such thought; the whole continent of Africa would be a better place.

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  20. Anonymous

    Big up bro! but it pains a lot since selfishness is among our leaders ideology, They have bounded with thy eyez with the western.This is the only generation to change

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  21. Eric Nicolas Schneider

    Love it. (“White” in Africa is used for “European”, “Chinese”, “Lebanese”, “American”, etc. In the context of this article it could be easily replaced by “foreigners”.) But why then for this African Empowerment article using WHITE wisdom (Solomon is as white and foreign as the Lebanese) and why quote JUDAS and by the way any-thing Christian – which is deeply "white" since Lebanese are "white". So, rock it, go the whole way and support a thriving African traditional sacred traditional culture. (un-su-re whether the african intellectuals and *talkers* composing texts as the above will promote and can manifest this step ;-) ) Bec if u look at the history of empire, from rome to usa and totalitarian soviet communism, the first thing to do is kill people's spirit, and where this is reanimated, the negative aspects of depression, alcoholism, domestic abuse etc DISAPPEAR … in the "foreign" cultures (so I guess australian aboriginal, NZ maori, native americans, are also white and foreign) as well as communities in Africa. Black Africa, not the white northern Africa which is pretty much like the Lebanese. Wow, a bunch of still shakey imagery in the above construct. Once it grows beyond teen-age years in its thinking to holistic grown up imagery and terms, it will be a good article and message. This will include more concrete stuff (not just "talking"!!) about needs for tech and entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship (and trade if a return to more trade than before colonization is wanted, as highlighted in the text) but con-cre-te examples of the *solutions *wanted in the above article. Because those solutions already exist in Africa, but as usual journalists know little about them, and how to cract works that facilitate positive change. Bec journalists are only talkers. It would make sense to upgrade to being a changemaker also. However, some sacred traditional character may help overcome the differentiation of people by skin pigments but see their SPIRIT, and thereby open to global horizons and the incredible amount of solutions happening in all sorts of environments by people facing the same model of issues as communities in Africa. But of course, all those are foreign, – like the evil white guy who started farmradio in africa, for farmer produced shows about self empowerment. Or hans herren, who works with farmers knowledge sharing networks and are creating 10x harvests in traditional organic ways. why? well, bec some of the spirits walking the earth in white pigment skins right now might have walked it in black pigment skins in their past life – as the sacred traditions well in touch and communication with the ancestors *know. whereas the uprooted intellectuals of today have lost all that wisdom and bigger picture, and replicate the problems of ego and empire, and have no concrete solutions to propose. just like the "opinion piece" journalism in the NYT is oh so smart and offers zero solutions, while thousands and thousands exist, in well accessible global networks that meet in spirit, not skin colour. that's *so outdated. They have overcome the teen-age identity crisis, and stepped into just being and rocking. good luck. also because they have seen this kind of analysis since the Sixties!!! That's 50 years ago. And a lot has happened since. For those in the avantgarde fields of innovation. And well connected to their spiritual – sacred – roots and practice.

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  22. Amarildo Lisboa

    Nomsa Khanyile, it is the naked truth. White folks did not venture into the wilderness, to catch slaves as a matter of fact they were petrified to venture deep into the wilderness because they were stories of cannibalism. White folks where also very aware of the yellow fever, that killed them even in the coast where they used to park the boats. That's why the golden coast was called white men's grave. Black folks used to raid villages, and imprison other black folks and in turn would sell the same brothers to the white folks that were waiting on the coast to exchange those slaves, with weapons, sugar, rum, etc….

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  23. Nasser Ugoji

    There’s nothing like Western Empire or Civilisation there is the human empire or civilisation and its your heritage too, don’t isolate yourself from what our Global ancestors gave their lives for.

    Guess what, most whites don’t believe they belong to any race so why should you believe you belong to a black race you are just a human being with a chaotic history that can’t be simplified into black and white.

    Northern Europeans were not the direct descendants of the Greek, Mesopotamians or Egyptians, yet under the code word Western Civilisation they claim these people as their ancestors.

    Human cultural civilisation is your heritage. If a North European can claim an Athenian as his predecessor just for the idea of Western Civilisation, if an Englishmann can claim to be an adopted son of Abraham just to be worthy to preach that he is chosen over you then Christianity can be your inheritance just as Western Civilisation can be your inheritance.

    There are cities all over the world, there are states, nations, countries. African forefathers collaborated with European, Lebanese, Indian, Arabian, … forefathers. They gave their lives in bringing forth the society and civilisation we have today, which is a human civilisation. Their labours will not be in vain if you carry on where they have left off.

    The white man can’t save you he has issues of his own like how to maintain a high standard of living. You can survive on $2 a day, who is more efficient, who needs who, I’ll say he needs to know your secret for living on $2 a day, staying healthy, smiling happily, growing in population, eating rich organic food, that costs next to nothing . Go try getting any elaborate meal in a restaurant in Europe, you guessed, it just ain’t worth what they put into it.

    Our forefathers embraced peaceful Christian missionaries and traders who merged cultures. That is an example of civilisation an example of human civilisation.

    So called whites are adopting the ways of countless traditional cultures in African and Asia.

    For centuries African American musicians have been developing world music in the form of Jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, rap, rock and roll, house exporting it to the rest of the world inspiring local artists who then transformed the music i their own way. This gives them a right to claim to be contributors to human civilisation and western civlisation as we know it today.

    If you check every time civilisation moved forward, there was peace and stability, reason and inellectual freedom, culture and the Arts. You have all it takes in your tradition to teach the world how to produce original concepts.

    Neither should you think you have the monopoly on culture and tradition. Even in Europe and America you have traditional cultures, traditional dresses, traditional music, traditional artefacts and traditional stories. These are traditions just as old as African traditions and also just as recent as some of our recent African traditions.

    Tradition has been evolving and even now we are creating traditional cultures.

    The time of claiming that Africans culture is traditional is over. Don’t let anyone send you back into the middle ages when the portuguese first made contact with West Africans simply because you are trying to isolate your culture by inventing a new culture, starting from scratch.

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    • Mawuna Remarque KOUTONIN Mawuna Remarque KOUTONIN

      Thanks for your contribution, and great insight.

      how do you explain then pervasive racisme against black people all over the world? is that an illusion?
      how do you explain slavery and continued colonization?
      are those just accident env tough we all belong to some kind all harmonious universal civilization?

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  24. Nasser Ugoi

    Racism is perceived. We have come a long way from institutional racism.

    Progress, success and development is perceived. It is not only large monolithic buildings and latest technological devices that indicate advancement. But if you can guarantee peace, stability and freedom for a long time in your nation new cultures will form to help the people cope with the realities of life.

    In any successful venture you get the best deal by being able to negotiate and this depends at what point you are in the actualization of an idea. If you are at the conception, the dawn of the implementation of the idea you have the privilege of being an “Executive Officer” which is what the white man was in the era of colonialism.

    People have tried to isolate the negro saying he is not related to any other group and had never had contact with great civilizations and yet when they notice any complex achievement by him they attribute it to influences from abroad. Yet I think deep down they have known that the blackman is an excellent human being hence the high demand placed on him and the blackwoman as a slave, servant or nurturer of children. It is just that the black man is the poorest negotiatior, this may be because of the simple civilization he practices. He is not given to overwhelming greed.

    The black man cannot be controlled and used in a predictable manner that is why they forced him to work. So he is an alien to civilisation’s culture because he can’t be dominated easily. There are various symbolic levels in every society and each society whether it be a city-state or group of villages they have similar experiences. There are social classes everywhere. Even in a society where freedom and equality reign. These traits may look like unpleasant traits for a people to have but in fact they are not as studies have shown that being a good follower only works for simple repetitive tasks but for complex tasks you need to be on a higher creative plane. That is where the black man excels that is why he can improvise so well in music like in the form of Jazz or Rap and why concepts like democracy, equality, love, sustainability, respect have been found to exist in his culture.

    There is a relationship between master and man. In the past, colonialism was a relationship between master (white) and man (black) now blacks have replaced the master. So it is still master (black) and man (black).

    Did you know that officials don’t make any money they only organize the work amongst the productive experts and every item they own is divided between their personal and official property. They must give account of how their official property is used. So when you consider some people as rich, it may not be their personal property but their official property.

    The black African has proved that he is excellent. He is just as capable as any other person. One thing I noticed is the negro is not easily controlled and can not be easily understood.

    In the case of slavery we have to look at it from a perspective of World Social Order. Trying to build a new civilization in a new world, a new civilization with social classes based on race. Yet only the negro was enslaved because he was least convinced of the need to invest his time and energy into fanciful utopian dreams of the imagination, so he is given the lowest esteem. Forced to work with little freedom of thought, just a bit more than a machine for “refusing” to advance civilization which of course was impossible for him since he was not paid neither given any rights or hope for progress.

    With the abolition of slavery he is free to pursue his own dreams but of course he can’t start from scratch he must combine his efforts to build anew based on the already existing cultural heritage.

    There is a lot of bureaucracy and paperwork attached to building anew in todays countries just to annoy the honest man who wishes to progress according to the law. This makes for keeping the number of rich and privileged few while favouring criminals who make it a profession to beat such systems.

    There are roles played by various individuals the most fundamental is the relationship between master and man. Racism has been defeated, it no longer carries power. If an African American (half black half white) man married to a black woman could contest and win the Presidency twice then that is a serious blow to racism. A revolution has already happened. What looks like racism is more of a superiority complex for economic reasons, competition to prove that one is qualified to be a master over another or simply defending your integrity and not allowing someone you don’t like to ride over you just so you can feel that you are not a racist. You have rights in any multi-cultural or multi-racial organization you participate in. It is up to you to evoke those rights and assume that you will be treated fairly. When people see you are neutral and they will see it then they will adopt you. Every group likes to take up members and international institutions like diversity.

    The bottom line is the world has done a lot to repair the harm done to the black man as can be seen from the lives of Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, Dr. Martin Luther King, and so many many others. However we should not bore them with issues of yesterday. We should continue where our ancestors, elders and our admirable leaders left off whether they be white or black. We need to be content and appreciative of what we have it will help a great deal in seeing the truth. You have achieved a great deal by your article and blog, a forum created by an indigenous African to discuss the issues of Africa. Well done.

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  25. Addisu

    I like ur article…..but Ethiopia have never colonized by Italians…Read about the battle of Adwa and Dogale…..

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  26. Ochim Isaiah Igbang

    Incredible, such information is set for this time to raise giants. This is to make a different. If i have my way, let this be thought in all secondary schools as an empower series to change people mentalities. It is so true!

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  27. shilar ampiire

    nice to know the past but even better to focus on the future…a wise man says ..if you cant change something..stop vrying over it and move on..i suggest we do so…

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  28. shilar ampiire

    otherwise ..very educative article..one of the most well thought and analyzed articles I have read my entire life!!!kudos!…please keep up the spirit as we work towards kicking out the above enslaving problems

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  29. Helina Solomon

    I just want to point out that Ethiopia was never colonized. You need to fix the picture as it is not correct. Other than that i agree on most of ur points.

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  30. Steve Ade

    I admired your intellectual and the effort you put to the articles. You are 100 percent right about your study. The most important things I am expecting from you now is to do more research about how to take African back or waking African people up from dump slump brain dead. I read the critics of your articles which I am not interested in this sincere ignorance. Martin Luther king said “nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity”. Lack of knowledge and understand of global politics by majority of Africans is the greatest obstacle we facing right now so disgusting we cannot even see the humiliation and garbage treatment upon us. I want us to start working aggressively on it weather as a group or individual on how to make it a better place for our children. Black Race is in bad shape regardless of the causes or how we found yourself in the present predicament or who responsible for who weather you thinks is that people or that people what is most important now is how to get out from this humiliation.

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  31. Modo Gray

    Sorry, Helina Solomon but Ethiopia was most definitely colonized. It was colonized religiously, ideologically, economically, and lastly politically. It may not have been as formal or official as other African countries but its very underdevelopment is proof enough that it was colonized. There is more that one way to skin a cat, as there is more than one way to colonize a people. The denial of Ethiopians to accept the fact that they were indeed colonized and are under neo-colonial rule now, only stops them from properly contextualizing and solving their problems.

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  32. Helina Solomon

    Modo Gray are u kidding me? Do u know about Ethiopia's religious History to claim that? I suggest u read before bluntly making statements. It is not a denial, it is a FACT. We are proud of our ancestors who kicked italy's as$ to were it belong. I know my country has a lot of problems but all are caused by our selves. Bad leaderships, some unnecessary cultures held us behind. Lets not rewrite history. ETHIOPIA WAS NEVER COLONIZED BY ITALY. How is underdevelopment a proof of colonialism? Lets not blame the white guy for all our problems. No matter how u elaborate the word, the fact remains, Ethiopia is the only country that was never colonized.

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  33. Modo Gray

    Helina Solomon I know quite a bit about Ethiopia, in fact I have just come back from there. Moreover I was there as part of an intense history-culture study group, we studied prehistoric, ancient and Judeo-Christian Ethiopia. So, yes I do know about Ethiopia's religious, cultural and political history, hence I am eminently qualified to speak on the matter. A European named Edward Ullendorff is considered the 'father of Ethiopian history' and he repeatedly states in his books (which are the basis of what most children learn about their history in school) that the high culture of Ethiopia comes out of Arabia and is not of indigenous invention. What's more I was there during Genna, most of the Ethiopian people have pictures of their deity as the European (Sarapis) Jesus, there has been a very consistent effort to eradicate the African image of Yeshua which can still be found in some of the ancient churches I visited and studied. King Fasilides (Alam Sagad) took the throne and kicked out the Jesuits because they were attempting to bring in Roman Catholicized images and practices to subvert and setup a fifth column in the Ethiopian nation (much like what happened in Japan), his father had to abdicate as he had nearly brought the country to the brink of civil war because of the influence of the Jesuits. Fast-forward a few hundred years later and those very same images and practices that King Fasilides fought to expel from his nation are as ubiquitous as if one were in Rome. So as I stated before yes, Ethiopia was colonized, I could expound further but I think the above points speak for themselves.

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  34. Steve Ade

    Modo Gray 100 percent right. the ignorance people don't known there is two way to wipe out a nation from surface of earth "ethnic cleansing or Genocide" first, with military power physically slaughter everybody. second, replaced their culture and their believe system and they stop to exist. majority of African are so ignorance sometimes is unbearable for me. Our culture and believe system is what define us.

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  35. Helina Solomon

    Modo Gray So all that paragraph and u still haven't answered how Ethiopia was colonized by Italy. That was my point and ur elaborated answer did nothing to verify that or explain how the picture above is correct. If u can't answer that please spare me the reply. tnx

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  36. Modo Gray

    Helina Solomon

    Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting. – Sun Tzu, The art of war.

    Ethiopia was colonized the moment it accepted the doctrines and the deification of its enemies. A nation is made up of 4 main systems, religious, political, economic and educational, if another nation is controlling any of these systems you are no longer in control of your country, the power to control the destiny of your nation is now determined by outside nations not by you, hence you are colonized. I have demonstrated to you that Ethiopia does not control its education or religion, and more over its politicians are bought for and paid for by foreign nations. The five years that Ethiopia's main cities were occupied by Italians and the prior intrusions and excursions they had made were enough to derail Ethiopia culturally, economically, religiously and educationally for decades. If you do not understand the basic principles and tents of war and subversion, I am sorry I can't help you, I doubt anyone can. Good luck!!

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  37. Modo Gray

    Steve Ade The 3 main problem Africa are outline below: but firstly though, you are right our culture and belief systems define who we are, but 1) African people as a whole do not have a strong endogenous self concept, so we fall very easily for the enemies' propaganda. 2) We do not understand the concept of enemy or are in denial of the fact that we have enemies despite the avalanche of evidence, and we have become cowards who will only fight amongst each other. 3) Our so called leaders are hand picked by hostile nations, they do not serve the interest of their people but those of their masters or their own sick ambitions and desires. Every other problem Africa has stems from these 3. We need to stop treating the symptoms and deal with source/root of these issues.

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  38. Samson Muchina Kinyanjui

    Will Jackson no it does not but on the other hand without examining the whole spectrum of those events and only taking the one sided narrative we cannot become wiser to face similar threats in the future. To use the rape analogy no one should ever blame a victim for being raped – on the other hand i would expect a the rape victim herself to also examine the circumstance under which she was raped and see if in future she can do something different – yes the rapist the dark corner was evil and the girl innocent but for the girl to ignore the fact that dark corners are more likely to habour evil rapists and walk through the same corner agin in the name of "i am not to blame if i get raped again" is foolhardy to say the list! As we speak many of us are helping the chinese the ravage our countries…in fifty years this debate will be about how the chinese raped africa and how we were simply poor victims totally powerless against them and no culpability whatsover!

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  39. kwaku

    a lot of confusion here but remember to destroy the source and dies fruit, its the only permanent solution. If white yurugu was afraid to venture into inland Afrika(continent & people called) how did he know what was there and creating a product is useless and void without a market. Problem is we use yurugu definitions and stories to answer Afrikan(continent & people called) situations. We have not listen to our ancestors warning of their errors(Mossi empire & others). When Yurugu enters the nation will fall. Even if he could desire peace his vibration and nature is anti Afrikan( continent & people called) violent and chaotic. He cannot and should not be Trusted in any shape or form.

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  40. Markos Lemma

    Modo Gray It is a bold statement you made about Ethiopia. I partially agree with your statement regarding colonization. Though, there was no direct colonization in Ethiopia. Who ever tried that never lived long to tell the story. In the world order, there is a massive influence within and outside boarders of nations, tribes and societies. it is also worth to mention that no matter how we are trying to be different, there is only one race – the human race. As the article states, we are talking about elites who control the majority of the nations. It doesn't necessary benefits everyone, even people from the same race. Note that, majority of western still work more than they should to maintain their lifestyle while few people benefit out of with this intensive labour work. So when it comes to Ethiopia, Christianity came in 4th century and early Arab mix influences the culture and the way of life. Though, our influence came from Middle East in the early stage and later European influence added. But this is to note that most of the influence came from closer nations, like Egypt and Arabs. One important point not to miss from Ethiopian history is that Ethiopian influenced the rest of the world in a very wider way as well. Architecture and astrology are few examples. So can we blame the current problems in Ethiopia caused by Europeans (or as a writer emphasises by white people). I would say No! and can we state the current problems in Europe caused by Ethiopian influence. I would still say No. The basic awakening to gain from all these discussion is, there are few people who are benefited with the current system and who control the world order. What is important is deep understanding of where we are and owning our own problems and solutions and find a solutions among ourselves. If we can't solve our problems in our surrounding, the other people coming from other places won't as well. We better know better!

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  41. Avril Benoît

    hi everybody, don't throw me rocks, I am not a colon. I agree with a lot of what you said even if it doesn't always happen the way you say it. There ARE tribes in Africa, or if you prefer cultural groups, I agree always dividing the people between 'tribes' is a colonial view that humiliates african people, but we did not 'create' utu and tutsi, they really exist, what's really annoying in your article is that you always blame the whites, and you pretend to understand their 'hidden agenda'. Utu and Tutsi were indeed killing each others, what's happening now in Centrafrica is also a fight between different groups (divided by religion). I don't know if you need to thank the white people for helping you to stop wars, or hate the white people to sell you weapons, (that african bought), but the first step for you would be to not talk about 'the white people' as an homogeneous group of people you can't deal with or talk to, and for us to not talk about the whole africa, secretly thinking about all the black people.
    I agree with what you say about science. I always thought literary studies were a luxury that underdeveloped countries could not afford but I discovered you had a lot of students in psychology etc… that's shocking. But if you study science, you should know Darwin has little to do with what is called social darwinism, and the survival of the fittest is not even a theory, it's just an obvious mechanism. What darwin brought is the transmission of inherited characters, and random evolutive innovation. Darwin has nothing to do with racism, nor Machiaveli, which most of us never read and don't care about anyway. Elites are elites, and they don't like someone else to tell them what to do, or to think, elites are not influenced, they pretend to be, but serve their own interests, or deeper convictions, they are not 'genuinely' influenced by thinkers.
    There is also the problem of natural reserves. Africa has a great nature, and westerners would like to preserve it, Some animals are not seen anywhere else, but it also, somewhat, impeaches African people to exploit the soil for agriculture.
    But westerners don't behave like that only with Africa, recently our ex president's wife went to India ti 'fight against poverty with an association'. Who paid the journey? Not the French state as it would have been a public scandal, but the association itself! So she wants to fight the poverty being paid by the fund that belongs to the association which help the poor…. So many charity dinner against starvation where people eat like 4, that's disgusting.

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  42. Avril Benoît

    Mawuna R. Koutonin that would be just racism to avoid quoting other nations people. There is a high probability Solomon never existed, but at the time, people in here were mostly like the ones now, semitic people, so kind of white…broken white. I believe during some periods, Egypt has been much more black, some hieroglyph shows really black leaders, and some really white, I guess they were not that racist at the time, maybe they knew they were all dumb, white and black together…

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  43. Modo Gray

    Markos Lemma I see where you are coming from with the whole there is only one race the human race, but I would beg to disagree… People always try to view themselves as sentient beings, as rational and set apart from the rest of the animal kingdom, this is the downfall of Afrikan civilization. We are out of touch with nature, because of this we do not study it. If we did we would know what happens when rival primate (chimpanzee) groups clash, the dominant few, kill the other males and their offspring and take the females. The animal kingdom has two types systems, the cooperative and the competitive models. Afrikans, indigenous Australians, native Americas etc tend to be of the cooperative modality, whilst Europeans, Arabs and Northern Orientals tend to be of the competitive type. You end up with a species with incompatible types, where one has to triumph over the other or risk extinction.

    Charles Darwin makes this point very clear –“At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace throughout the world the savage races. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes, as Professor Schaaffhausen has remarked, will no doubt be exterminated. The break will then be rendered wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilised state as we may hope, than the Caucasian and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as at present between the negro or Australian and the gorilla.”

    Of course it is implied in the insulting quote above that the competitive model will win. Again I will state this: as long as Afrikans do not understand the concept of enemy, we Afrikans can not solve any of our problems, until we do. We cannot build anything of significance for ourselves because the enemy will always come to destroy or corrupt it, and they will do it easily because we are not on guard for their direct and indirect attacks.

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  44. Kamerchief

    thanks once more Mawuna for this stimulation and empowerment.You need to go on air with this brother, more people should become aware.
    Now let’s do some forward thinking.The only way to unlearn lies is to learn the truth.I figure that a sizeable fraction of the problems you exposed in this write up can be solved by mere information and communication.We need strong African Presses that will serve solely to debunk the lies of Western press, and also go further to bring forward rich and inspiring information such as this to all of Africa.You can ask for funds and I will give without thinking!
    Secondly we need our present leaders to overhaul the educational system of our nations*i know this one is hard* but only then can coming generations learn stuff that can be relevant for active African development, and end the era of white supremacy. In the same vain we must start leadership coaching both formally and informally.I find that I have the ability to inspire others live out their dreams and effectively too.I know there are lots of other Africans who can do this.Let’s start empowering ourselves and supporting one another.We must volunteer to help ourselves.If not the saga of training young africans for so called leadership overseas will continue and the vicious cycle of having future leaders as puppets in the hands of the west will never end.
    i salute you all my fellow africans.
    thanks again Mawuna

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  45. Rick Lee

    I’ve found your writings very informative. What I’m wondering is, if there is anything someone not from Africa can do to help. Is it your point that, any help we attempt causes harm, and that we should leave things in other countries to those countries to settle among themselves. Or are you pointing out specifically the things people have done with good intentions (or possibly disguised intentions) that have been of consequence. Its unfortunate that the world is unable to prosper harmoniously, that countries cannot coincide in the way that people within a community do. If there are things of benefit that a person, writer, or artist, can do in other countries, I’d be interesting in finding out what.

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  46. jamaal

    @Avril Benoit, The Hutu,Tutsi and Twa used to leave peacefully side by side until the Belgians introduced Ethnic Identity Cards and turned them against each other in the classic colonial divide and conquer systems. One group was demonised and the first killing took place just before independence in 1959 against the Tutsi and continued since until the culmination of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, all under the watchful eye of France. As a result the Rwandan Government moved away from the Francophonie and joined the Commonwealth instead and replaced French with English. Rwandans also believe that no stranger will just give you their hard earned tax dollars without wanting anything in return. All western good Samaritans are welcome to volunteer in Africa, bring food and make fundraising but we’d rather you came in to invest that money in order to create jobs and make money both for you and Africans. As the old saying goes give a man a fish and he’ll eat for one day but teach a man how to fish and he’ll…(cant remember what goes here) So Investment good, Aid not so good

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  47. Paschal Akwetey

    Mawuna R. Koutonin somewhere it is written that Egyptian Pharaohs attacked the "Sudan" to take the "Sudanese" as slaves. Now below this culled; With regards to the name Sudan, originally it comes from the term`Bilad -al- Sudan` which means “Land of Blacks”. So the term is a mere derivation from the Arabic word ` Sauod` meaning ‘Blacks’ as an indication to the skin colour of the inhabitants living in the region. The term is said to be used by Arab travelers, geographers and historians who first wrote the history of the region.

    http://www.ancientsudan.org/articles_ibrahim_musa_westernsudan.html
    From this one can ask if Egyptian were "black" to take other "Blacks" as slaves. But there was also a time when "Sudanese" Blacks Dynasty ruled Egypt!

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  48. Paschal Akwetey

    Mawuna R. Koutonin It could be contradictory quotin "white intelegent persons – or philosophers. It is then the same as "looking at me with a scorn after eating my corn!

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  49. Paschal Akwetey

    Hitting the nails of the head? This is just the same "talk, talk" of the "talkers" The Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah said before Independence: "Get Ye First the Political Kingdom and all shall be added" So not till the elite have a change of mind all talks here about African Riches remain talk-talk: We Africans are like the Biblical Servant who hid the Ten Minas under his bed doing nothing with it! We have gold, but know not how to dig it. We have land but cannot farm. But even now, dig your Gold and if France refuses to buy, you could walk the world finding NOBODY to buy your "finished" gold. For food surely if not for the whites married to Blacks we surely would have no African food in Afro-Shops in Germany!.

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  50. Mmnt

    If people take a vow to support the efforts and businesses of their neighbor, friend … Or small business owners around the world – we’d be able to create more wealth for many. Monopoly in and of a market happens when we all pay less equally a lot for one. If we pay a little more at a few, we can keep small business alive. Many aren’t seeking a castle but simply a house.

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  51. Chrispory Juma

    Great insights there. I more of disagree with the first 6 because they don’t answer the question of where Africa would have been without the west. He is more of trying to blame the west for our pains, which, to me, I refuse to accept. Africans used to kill one another even before, and died of preventable diseases. We just could not help ourselves, or it was our lifestyle? The whites found an ignorant, iliterate, divided and greedy Africa and took advantage of it. Or culture could not help us solve our problems

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  52. Inyang Effiong

    Good write up.

    On point 9. My view is that we need MORE of philosophy and similarly trained people. Engineers and technicians are all well and good but a country/people is made up of belief systems not just hardware.

    7. is good. Folks around me think CNN and BBC are direct infallible. Anything that comes out of those organs are the ‘gospel’ truth and are treated as HARD FACTS.

    Your question on why Racism if our major problems are not external (that is how I read it), racism is natural, humans have prejudices, combine this with power and other influences. Victims of racism are almost all from lower economic/social classes.

    @Nasser Ugoi, Good points.

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  53. Nox Ntuli

    Very insightful article but i think number 11 should be about the commitment by african citizens to the development of their continent. We can blame everyone we want but at some point we need to take some responsibility.

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  54. Siera Vercillo

    A lot of this post I think is accurate and I agree with much of it, particularly with points about education and networks lacking, as well as the injustice the media is doing to perpetuate racism and african stereotypes. The bit about western philosophy although I have never seen it articulated in quite that way makes sense. The only thing I do not like about this article is the emotional language used and sweeping generalizations implied. For example you say the West is dividing people in Africa (through media, through borders etc.) and implying that this is causing conflict and shaping the mindsets of people (if you did not mean to imply this, this is how I read it) you, the author, also divide people by saying:

    "There are two kinds of people in Africa, those who can’t make a living regardless of how much they put in, and those with lavish lifestyle and privileges regardless of how little they contribute." —leading to a contradiction in your article.

    If your recommendation is to look at the nuances across the diverse African continent, than understanding class differences and the complexity in that should also come into your argument. :) just trying to be constructive with my critique.

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  55. Nzingha Shabaka

    Mawuna Which African leader today is a good role model, that the whole continent need to become free. How long, do you think it would take to get the invaders out of Africa. I am in US.

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  56. Edwin Arrey

    Thanks for the postindustrielle. Ignorance is worser than Aids.

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  57. Tsegai

    I really like the article. I would expect the author to explain number 9 more. Everything starts from number 9. Understanding how the governments of the rich countries work, believe and act is very important. Ask anybody from the developed countries who has some knowledge of the politics and system operation the following question?

    “Can all people in the world live the way the developed countries are living ? ” The answer will be No. There is no enough resources for that.

    The question becomes would anybody help Africa except Africans? No. Africans have to know the survival mentality. I believe.

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  58. Shane Ram

    Great article and I fully agree. Since 1904, Wallace D Wattles suggested how we could effectively help poor people . 'Poor people do not need charity, they need inspiration and education' Wallace D Wattles, The Science of Getting Rich

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  59. Jumoke Dabiri

    Well no 11… Can't manage a web site for readers to get information to read…..

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