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Patriot

All I pray for is that this article gets the widest read possible!! The reality hurts!!!

limbekid

Very interesting read. "Bwana" truelly said it as it is.

Mary

This reading may hurt but I think it can also inspire more creative thinking.

Morin N

I would again go back to the words of late president Kennedy "Ask not what your country has done for you but what you have done you your country."
It is real, that is who we are.

Irin N

Well written by a typical African. I give him "A" for volume, content & clarity but an "F" in solution(s). I do not know his age but he certainly didn't apologize for waiting to meet Walter until he realizes the problem in his country. Typical! We pay attention when Whiteman speaks. I'll bet you there are hundreds of wise and noble men and women in Zambia that have said what Walter said and even offered solution but were ignored, may be because they are poor or categorized as selfish. What's the author's solutions? Zero. I need no foolish Walter to tell me what problems I have in my country. I know them and we all know them. We all need to GO HOME!!!

Austin Ngenge

Even if God comes down and settles in Africa,as long as the political culture of corruption which has reached unprecedented levels continue,what is ever going to change? Come up with an idea or invent something in your own country and you are demonised.The is the case of a cameroonian professor (Anoma Ngu-late) who after having invented a cure for HIV/AIDS-Vanhivax was ridiculed by his own government (as would have been the case in muzungu country) instead of support.And we cant keep blaming white people forever.There is a hypothesis that if the white man goes back to Africa,the continent will be transformed instantly to a paradise and if the black man is left to tend over the old world,he will instantly take Europe back to the dark ages.Looking at the kind of political leadership the continent has bred since the passionate nationalists of the 60s,can anyone contest the sanity in such a hypothesis?

Lincoln Mbogo

This is so true am a Kenyan and I relate to what is said about Zambia.It is indeed an african curse..I think the dark skin has a co-relation to slow thinking...otherwise how do you explain all this?

God help Africa but it should start with each one of us and the leaders were choose....

challow

And tell me why those in charge of Cameroon football still believe European coaches are better than domestic ones in managing the national team? We have had them over the years with no good results,yet they still invite them,each comes in his turn,and earn exorbitantly and is thrown out without good results,only to open the door for the next to come. They come in and out in turns,when they are not recognized in their own countries. We've got everything,yet we pay for what we are blessed with. Our wealth,and resources have been the yield of their farms for ages and quite often,we help them in the looting,and end up being mocked at.

mamadee

I'm with you challow the mindset we need to change in Africa is that of greed and blind tribal loyalty. If we are going to live within the boarders that were chosen for us, we need to defend them as one nation....not clan vs. clan.

El Ejo

Nice to read your posting.There is a sense of failure in our collective thinking and the fact that we are coming to self realisation is already defining a possible path for the future generation.How would you not consider yourself inferior when you cannot make even a tooth pick?Being black African myself,i have wondered how long it would take for Africans to produce a dishwasher,blender,or coffee maker?2050,3000 A.D?We are a bunch of collective clowns but then all is not lost.Not just yet!!!If we are not monkeys just like Walter said,then we(the poor) will have to come up with alternatives as the Rich(leaders) continue to undermine our capacities and capabilities in quest of trivial favours.

Mbua

This is pure rubbish. I wonder whether this fellow who wrote this understands well his statistics.

Majority of Africans do NOT study abroad. In Cameroon, 90 percent of otherwise hard-working graduates from Cameroon universities have been turned into motorcycle riders who merely fight with the further poor and neglected citizens for daily bread; and possibly turned into beggars by a corrupt and incompetent "elite" political class. Whether these elite have Ph.Ds or not is irrelevant; and but an insignificant number of graduates in the graduate pool.

Large sums of money that may be pumped into the economy for innovation is being stolen by thieves in power. How then can a hard-working person operate in such stifled environment where you have to be a member of a criminal enterprise to progress. These small band of people in African power structures are NOT intellectuals whether they possess PhDs on not. They are but criminals!

And who said graduates do not drink after work in Europe. Let this person come to the City of London at about 7/8 pm in the evening of a working day. You will experience workers drinking after a hard day's work. If Europeans feel superior, it has nothing to do with "lazy" Africans but because of a small corrupt class who have been betraying their people for the last 500 years. It has nothing to do with "laziness".

To make such wild generalisations is not only dangerous, arrogant but truly irresponsible.

Mbua

Joachim Arrey

After all the expression of anger, can we stop for a moment to see if there is anything we can learn from this story that has gone viral on the Internet? This story has nothing to do with where Africans have studied. It has something to do with the way we, Africans, approach issues, especially the development challenges facing us.

We, as a people, are sloppy, we are not detail-oriented, we hate comptence and spend more time fighting people who have natural gifts we don't have. We always believe that it is our right to have more because of our positions. Read this article again and you will see where the focus should be.

It is about our inability to invent and be innovative. Our inability as a continent to engineer inspiring leadership that can pull the majority of our people out of poverty. In 50 years, we have made great strides backwards in terms of development and poverty reduction. More Africans are today unfortunately living in poverty than they did at independence. On the contrary, more Chinese and other Asians are today enjoying their new found wealth after 30 years of hard work.

After fifty years of independence, more Africans are making the West their home whereas their parents had fought to be independent of the West. Our health care systems have collapsed like a pack of cards while our people are living and dying as animals. These realities are stark and instead of being enraged, we should rather try to learn from the mistakes that have been made. Don't forget that we, Africans, are not into research. Each time you tell African something, he tells you he knows. If a man knows everything then there will be no incentive and reason for him to undertake research. Besides, research is the quest for the truth and the African hates the truth because it cuts through his fragile and underdeveloped mind like a hot knife running through butter.

While all of us may want to blame all of our failures on poor leadership, we must not lose sight of the fact that our leader did not come from outer space to rule us. They are products of the cultural environments we have in a continent that strives to preserve what has outlived its usefulness. For any people to progress, they must take a hard and long look at what they have to find out if there are things that need to be jettison. Africans are yet to do so.

Western culture has been very progressive and this explains why it is dynamic and is gone viral, especially over the last thirty years. The Chinese had their cultural revolution, it is no wonder that they are making admiral and significant progress. Has any African country thought of altering its culture so that its people can make a decent living? Are all of us not embracing today some of those aspects of our culture that we once considered as having outlived their usefulness? How many people of Manyu descent living abroad head home each here to join Ekpe just because they want to be called Sesekou? I have been watching this drama of titles and it sickens me to the stomach.

Gentlemen, until we learn to accept the truth, genuine development on the African continent will be a distant tomorrow aftair. Besides, if our leaders do not become philosophers, or if our own philosophers do not become leaders, ours will remain the kingdom of tears and disrespect.

Joachim Arrey

kumcom1

"This is so true am a Kenyan and I relate to what is said about Zambia.It is indeed an african curse..I think the dark skin has a co-relation to slow thinking...otherwise how do you explain all this?"

This is the most retarded analysis I have ever heard. Do you really believe what you're saying?

TheEritrean

Im from Eritrea and we dont need a white man to tell us what our problems are. Its easy to say "why dont you start building your own parts, cars, planes, etc..." without knowing what it really takes. Personally, I doubt this conversation even took place. It sounds like a fictional account designed to get maximum African readership. The author must be of the opinion that that us African brothers and sisters don't listen to advice unless its solicited by a white man.

The overall message though is correct, Africans need a policy of self reliance and in order to do that they need a political establishment to develop society's self confidence by making citizens feel that they are part of the culture of self reliance. This task is not as simple as it sounds since doing so will threaten the economic interests of western nations who want cheap raw material. An educated and self reliant Africa would be a nightmare to many western interests because their economies rely on the status quo to continue as is. So any African nation or any developing nation for that matter that pursues such an agenda aggressively will be met with stiff resistance or sabotage from the outside.
A good example is Eritrea; one of the smallest and newest Countries on the African continent that has only had 5 years of peaceful existence has managed to build infrastructure required for economic innovation, develop its agricultural sector to be able to feed itself (a task that its own larger neighbours cannot do), has been able to defend itself against the largest Army in Africa (twice) and despite all its problems was the 10th fastest growing economy in the world in 2011. All this and it has been slapped by unjustifiable sanctions based on false accusations. More sanctions are planned against it and they are targeting its economy. If you think the west will let us to come out of poverty without a fight, just take a look at what is happening to Eritrea and never forget it! Any African nation that wants to pave its own path and have true economic independence will be met with the same force so take notes! Move swiftly and with confidence and never ever give up! Like Eritrea, Africa too will eventually prevail!

victory to the African people!

Sami Djibo

If a stranger knocks your door and you let him in and he ends up stealing from your home, shame on him. but if the same stranger comes back and you still welcomes him and he steals again shame on you. Shame on Africa for falling asleep while a stranger is stealing his belongings.

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