Sep 29, 2009, 6:08 AM
There is no shortage of expert opinion on how to lift
It looks as though academics, journalists, development workers, political leaders, etc. are all jostling to draw up the most workable antidote to
As always, it has been the position of this paper that the only way forward for the continent is for Africans, and Africa's leadership, in particular, to take responsibility for the progress of the continent, as nobody else is going to do it for
A well-educated people will not be easy to take for a ride. Investment in education should go together with proportionate investment in agriculture.
Africans should take it as a prime challenge to mechanise agriculture across the continent. The deserts should be irrigated for abundant yields. Apart from that, there is overabundance of arable land on the continent, which if well utilized, could put an end to overdependence on food imports.
It is now time for Africans to wake up to the realisation that as long as they are not able to feed themselves, they will ever remain pawns in the global market place.
Africans and their leaders must take this observation to heart, and make it their daily guide, as they try to find their own rhythm in the world.
They have to learn that the struggle for the real emancipation of the continent will have to go with a lot of sacrifices.
The lesson for Africans in all of this is that Europe and
If the Caucasian race can will itself to succeed, the Black race can do likewise. Believe it or not, wealth or poverty is the condition of the mind.