By Mubita C.Nawa
I went to America fifteen years ago to understand why America (USA) was the richest country in the world. Eight years ago I returned to Zambia and I now understand why many people in Africa remain poor.
Africa is blessed by many ‘academically’ intelligent people. Yet these people are often very poor leaders. A certain local council had a $1 million dollar grader parked for four years because the council allegedly could not afford to purchase a spare part for $100.00. Leaders (some) in Africa travel abroad to get allowances not to get wisdom. They go for their second and third degree not to pursue excellence but to get the promotion. Unfortunately education is not a classroom revelation only. Real education is solving the problems of society.
The one billion people in Africa are trained to depend on ‘colonial masters’. This mental slavery attitude continues. Some one will litter the streets because another will pick up after them. This dependency causes people not to engage their creative juices which liberate humanity.
There are jealous people everywhere in the world. But the headquarters is somewhere in Africa. Over here (especially in the compound) even buying a chicken is an issue. What about the day you buy an island?
Passing time is a hobby. Idleness and the delirious pursuit of nothing is an occupation for many. It must be the sun or the sand or the livestock or God knows what. But many people do not mind stealing their own productivity.
Lack of self belief
A four year old in America is more likely to describe their expectations, goals, vision and passion than a forty year old in other places. We hate us. We doubt us. We malign one another. We pay others more for the color of their skin than we pay us for the content of our brains.
God never makes mistakes. Africa is not a mistake. All humanity is designed to be productive, exceptional, and deliberate. Africa, the effervescent continent, the radiant conglomeration of hope and potency, is a blessed continent. Its people must arise, shine and concur all hindrances. The future is bright. Only our past is dark.
There are some Africans who may have brought the African name into disrepute. But there are millions more who are ready to reveal the new Africa.