Apr 14, 2008, 7:01 AM
So much has been written about how to move
The challenges are like a hydra-headed monster: as one challenge is tackled another one springs up, leaving experts rather bewildered as to how to go about the Africa Question. The upshot is that most people have already given up on the continent as a lost cause. This explains why there is so much brain-drain and why illegal migration is now the norm among African youth. But Africans must never despair.
The first step, surely, is to have faith in ourselves, in our products and in our values. In some parlance, this is termed as mental emancipation. If we believe that we are inferior, we will act inferior. If we think in a positive fashion, then we can turn the continent around. We should as a matter of necessity and urgency clear our minds of defeatist sentiments like "nothing works in
A prime example of what Africans can do when they are determined is the Nollywood phenomenon. The Nigerian film industry took the world by storm by its originality and African-ness. It is rated third in the world, after
So if Africans can achieve such a feat that had previously been assumed to be the exclusive preserve of others, then they can also accomplish engineering feats that can transform the continent that will make it prosperous. This shows that Africans have the latent talent and ability to change the continent for good. But what is lacking is the will to unlock their potential.
We have to begin somehow and learn from our mistakes as we progress. If we keep relying on others, or wishing for others to do for us what we can get up and do for ourselves, we will always remain behind, plagued all the time by misery and despair.
'What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.'