Black People : "Africa: The Crisis of Educated Africans" by Honourable Saka

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Our beloved continent, is currently dominated by a generation of noise makers: a people who can talk almost all the time, but don't act. It is very annoying to hear some "experts" giving speeches over the radio, while reserving the real action.Africa has many scholars with PhDs and Master's degrees in agricultural science, yet many of them will never set foot on the farm. Many of our scientists are probably very good at teaching, but never good at inventions and innovations. I have always wondered where our mechanical engineers have been hiding, as we continue to import motorbikes and even bicycles. The taxpayer is often told: "Plans are far-advanced for the implementation of this project", the other project is "in the pipeline," the implementation phase comes "in 4 years," and so on.

Our scientific researchers, religious leaders, academicians, scholars and politicians can perfectly demonstrate exactly what ought to be done in any given circumstance, yet once in power, such ideas always remain either on paper or at best be held "in the pipeline." Instead of taking action and making things happen in a swift and decisive manner for the benefit of our people, it is rather very sad that even those tasked with such responsibilities are good at making speeches, while pushing the actual action onto the future generations. So far, it appears a few of those in the built environment are physically making impact, while the majority of the other professions especially those in the manufacturing fields remain to be seen. The media, which ought to bring such topics for discussion, has always been focusing on politicians and their frustrations while ignoring the lack of action.

Years back, there were only a few "scholars" in Africa. At that time, the majority of the people had not received "formal education" as we often call it. Many had neither been to engineering schools, polytechnics nor the university. There were only a few tens of people who had the benefit of receiving "formal education". In spite of this, Africans were producing soap, shoes, body cream, different kinds of cooking oil and their very effective and powerful local African medicines. They cured almost every major disease by relying on their local medication and eating organic food, which was very rich in vitamins and nutrients. As a result, many of them lived long, averagely beyond the age of 90 years. It was common to see many of our parents living beyond the age of 120 years with good eyesight. Most importantly, many of our grandparents never wore glasses.

Ironically, today we call ourselves "intellectuals". We live in "hygienic environments," eat "balanced diet" and use "modern medication". Yet, many of us are dying below the age of 40 years! Today, millions of children at age 10 are wearing glasses! As if that is not enough, several hundreds of incurable diseases are currently threatening our very survival. How many of our forefathers died of malaria? How many of our grandmothers were infertile? In fact, there are many reproductive health-related diseases in modern Africa than there were in the pre-colonial era despite the so-called advancement in medical research. Isn't it time we took a critical look at the quality of our food today? But of course, many will consider this to be some "conspiracy theory". After all, once you successfully discredit legitimate concerns such as the above, it becomes easy to ignore the need to take action. Even though Africa boasts of millions of scholars and other professionals, one wonders the whereabouts of these experts as almost everything we use in Africa is imported from elsewhere, despite having all the raw materials here at home.
 

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What a very very interesting and well written perspective from someone who truly wants to address our so diverse array of socio-economic dysfunction, why didn’t you post the whole article [below]?
Our beloved continent, is currently dominated by a generation of noise makers: a people who can talk almost all the time, but don't act. It is very annoying to hear some "experts" giving speeches over the radio, while reserving the real action.Africa has many scholars with PhDs and Master's degrees in agricultural science, yet many of them will never set foot on the farm. Many of our scientists are probably very good at teaching, but never good at inventions and innovations.

I have always wondered where our mechanical engineers have been hiding, as we continue to import motorbikes and even bicycles. The taxpayer is often told: "Plans are far-advanced for the implementation of this project", the other project is "in the pipeline," the implementation phase comes "in 4 years," and so on.

Our scientific researchers, religious leaders, academicians, scholars and politicians can perfectly demonstrate exactly what ought to be done in any given circumstance, yet once in power, such ideas always remain either on paper or at best be held "in the pipeline."

Instead of taking action and making things happen in a swift and decisive manner for the benefit of our people, it is rather very sad that even those tasked with such responsibilities are good at making speeches, while pushing the actual action onto the future generations.

So far, it appears a few of those in the built environment are physically making impact, while the majority of the other professions especially those in the manufacturing fields remain to be seen. The media, which ought to bring such topics for discussion, has always been focusing on politicians and their frustrations while ignoring the lack of action.

Years back, there were only a few "scholars" in Africa. At that time, the majority of the people had not received "formal education" as we often call it. Many had neither been to engineering schools, polytechnics nor the university. There were only a few tens of people who had the benefit of receiving "formal education".

In spite of this, Africans were producing soap, shoes, body cream, different kinds of cooking oil and their very effective and powerful local African medicines. They cured almost every major disease by relying on their local medication and eating organic food, which was very rich in vitamins and nutrients.

As a result, many of them lived long, averagely beyond the age of 90 years. It was common to see many of our parents living beyond the age of 120 years with good eyesight. Most importantly, many of our grandparents never wore glasses.
Ironically, today we call ourselves "intellectuals". We live in "hygienic environments," eat "balanced diet" and use "modern medication". Yet, many of us are dying below the age of 40 years!

Today, millions of children at age 10 are wearing glasses! As if that is not enough, several hundreds of incurable diseases are currently threatening our very survival.
How many of our forefathers died of malaria? How many of our grandmothers were infertile? In fact, there are many reproductive health-related diseases in modern Africa than there were in the pre-colonial era despite the so-called advancement in medical research.

Isn't it time we took a critical look at the quality of our food today? But of course, many will consider this to be some "conspiracy theory". After all, once you successfully discredit legitimate concerns such as the above, it becomes easy to ignore the need to take action.

Even though Africa boasts of millions of scholars and other professionals, one wonders the whereabouts of these experts as almost everything we use in Africa is imported from elsewhere, despite having all the raw materials here at home.

Forty years ago, Africa was importing a sizeable amount of matches, sugar, cooking oil, roofing sheets, steel, cars, bicycles, shoes, wristwatches, typewriters and others. Africa did not have the expertise to mass-produce some of these items. Unfortunately, after 40 years, nothing has changed despite the fact that mother Africa has millions of intellectuals who currently hold the relevant qualifications.

After many years of importing mobile phones, computers, electric generators, sound systems, radio and television sets, fluorescent lamps, electric cables and many other electronic gadgets, there is no indication that this trend will change any time soon, though there are millions of African experts who have studied the production of these things.

Elsewhere in the Middle East and Asia, ordinary students are sending satellites into space. University researchers are actively engaging with their students in the production of mobile phones, digital tablets, computers and cars.

Their physical results can be seen everywhere. Unfortunately in Africa, our studies are characterised by reading theories, looking at diagrams and observing images with little or no practical demonstrations. The educational system, instead of teaching our people "how to think" and solve problems, is teaching young ones "what to think".

Today, one can write over a thousand pages of research, yet this research may not have a single practical input. One can perfectly describe how to move a car, but it takes continuous practice to be able to practically drive the car. Is it a wonder that many of our mechanical engineers therefore cannot even fix a car?

Our universities are overpopulated with political and social science courses. The technical schools and polytechnics are still reserved for students with poor academic backgrounds.

Many of our electrical engineers, mechanics and technicians out there did not learn their profession from schools. Many of them were school drop-outs who learnt their profession as a "trade" and by the "road-side technicians". When the scholar's car suffers a mechanical breakdown, the individual will rather look for a road-side mechanic to fix the problem.

Many of these local technicians do not have any academic qualifications at all, yet they're better at solving real-life problems than many of our so-called professionals who have acquired a number of degrees. Isn't this a shame?

Our universities are increasingly producing intellectuals who talk too much, but lack the skills to personally contribute to problem-solving. Many of our intellectuals only make noise, but push their real responsibilities to the man on the street.

Such acts of negligence must stop if Africa is determined to make any progress. African intellectuals must live up to their responsibilities. They must be part of the solution to our many challenges. It is time to be proactive.

Real leadership is demonstrated, not lectured. We're tired of talks, seminars and workshops, which have become the hallmark of our current batch of intellectuals who ought to bear the responsibility of taking the action.

As long as our intellectuals continue to look up to the layman to take up their responsibilities, Africa will never make any meaningful progress.

Our destinies must be in our own hands. Long live the African intellectual! Long live Mama Africa!

Honourable Saka is a UK-based political analyst on African affairs and a social commentator on Africa.
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graphically illustrating that their programming is COMPLETE?
 

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This has been a problem for black people for centuries!
EXACTLY!
Isn't the crux of the GRIEF worldwide TODAY due to the fact that all non-white peoples in general, the peoples of African ethnicity specifically are STILL front line soldiers in the most despicably cowardly WAR in human history [as underlined by the mayhem in many parts of Africa, especially in the Congo for over 100 years now, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya TODAY after the West/NATO/UN set up the murder of Gaddafi and his regime] which has never ever been openly declared has it, THEY JUST DO IT?
The onslaught on Africa and Africans started by the Semites/Arabs over 4000 years ago though ongoing was taken to another level wasn’t it, when Europeans got involved approx 500 years ago through Slavery and the colonial carve up which followed it [post the Berlin conference] of Africa into mostly UNREAL countries, still struggling to adequately secure their borders and resources from both internal and external PARASITES, TODAY?
The Neo-Colonialism of the late 20th century when some European counries so publicly gave former colonies “Political” independence [the French have never bothered, whereas the Portugeuse did scorched earth in Mozambique and Angola when the African populace revolted against their rule/driving them out] while maintaining ownership of ALL that they have looted/stolen is being challenged by the resurgence of the Asians in general, the Japanese, Koreans and Chinese specifically, which is why the current Western controlled POWER ELITE is so determined aren’t they, to control the middle East’s strategically vital resources/oil supply and reserves?
To that end THEY have launched a somewhat desperate rearguard which has subsequently degenerated into the ongoing FIASCO/European military onslaught in Afghanistan, Iraq, with [the Syrian civil war/debacle a potential catalyst for destabilising both Iran and Turkey their secondary target] Iran being primed/next for the meat grinder/CHAOS MACHINE template [which has been so efficiently looting Africa in general, the Congo specifically for over 50 years now]?
Why are WE ALL supposed to be traumatised/frightened by the possibility of Iran developing nuclear weapons in stark contrast to the so consistently aggressive Israelis having both nuclear weapons and a delivery systems since the late 1970’s without being in any way ciriticised for breaking the nuclear non-proliferation guidelines, nor do they have to endure by having their Nuclear facilities inspected/hassled and censured by the UN or threatened with attack by the West?
What makes the descendents of the so despicable PARASITES who enslaved our African ancestors [and their tortured, mutilated and murdered siblings without apology or reparations to date] and exterminated the indigenous of huge sections of the Americas and Tasmania along with relegating Australia’s Aboriginals and New Zealand’s Maoris into a completely powerless minority in their homelands; Humanity’s moral guardians [rather than the most dangerous/CRIMINALS/obviously murderous psychopaths in recorded history] especially as Slavery and Colonialism didn’t so much end as evolve into European domination of every area of human activity TODAY as spectacularly highlighted by the ongoing African HOLOCAUST of over 500 years now?
How comes the openly racist Ian Smith led Rhodesian governement and the Afrikaner regime in South Africa NEVER EVER came under Western/NATO bombardment; with even the UK's allegedly socialist Prime Minister {Harold Wilson] responding when challenged with regard to not using the UK’s military forces to CRUSH Ian Smith's Unilateral Declaration of Indepence/TREASON in Rhodesia; with "I'm not sending our Armed Forces to fight against their kith and kin"?
No regime changing military expedition was necessary to get rid of these White Supremacist Racist Governments in Southern Africa as THEY were only suppressing, repressing and MURDERING AFRICANS which was and still is OK, isn't it [if what was happening in Libya since March 2011 and is STILL happening in Libya TODAY is anything to go by]?
Wasn’t the so allegedly MAD Gaddafi's Libya the only country in the World supporting and funding the African anti-imperialist struggle [Freelimo, the ANC & MPLA and many others] that brought 55 000 Cuban volunteers with modern Russian tanks and aircraft to Angola to bring the South African Expeditionary Army assisting UNITA/Savimbi against the MPLA to a standstill at Cuito Carnevale [their push on Luanda, the capital] in 1987 with the ensuing debacle at T’Chipa in 1988 [where the South African contingent could have ALL been slaughtered, the fact that broke formal Apartheid’s back] driving the Afrikaner NUTCASES to the negotiating table?
The Afrikaners agreed to free their colony [South West Africa] independence as Namibia and dismantle their formal Apartheid regime in return for the Cuban volunteers and their arnaments leaving the region [as opposed to those racists just having the change of heart/drivel projected/promoted in the West’s mass media], a totally humiliating hidden defeat which through the NATO the West/Whites, have now gained revenge for by killing Gaddafi, most of his family and his regime, haven’t they?
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graphically illustrating that their programming is COMPLETE?
 

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This has been a problem for black people for centuries!

We people of African ethnicity in general, Men of African ethnicity in particular [in Africa and the Diaspora which includes the UK and the USA] are at fault, aren't WE, in that collectively we have consistently failed [especially over the last 500 years] collectively to organize ourselves intelligently to protect our families, communities and countries; including losing control of Africa, the wealthiest continent on Earth?

Our ongoing failure to organize ourselves intelligently in this blatantly hostile environment is the exact problem the Nation of Islam, the UHURU movement and other Pan African organisations are attempting to address which is why THEY are constantly being besieged by a diverse array of PALEFACE TROLLS and agents focused on misdirecting them?

NOW can you relate to why the more easily spiritually, factually and intellectually challenged of our women don't respect us; [illustrating that they don't respect themselves as we cannot make real progress without being together] in that we are STILL mammals, and don't females ALWAYS look to mate and create their families with the best PROVIDERS?

However the chaos in our Countries in Africa and our communities in the USA, Brazil and the rest of the Diaspora shows that we are still making serious mistakes, the worst of which is not being both individually and collectively focused on building up our own socio-economic networks and infrastructure, which is what everyone else does as standard, isn't it?

Are you aware of the FACT that during WWII the Japanese slaughtered 11 million Chinese people [they have paid $50 billion in reparations in the 1990’s] yet ANY Japanese history teacher who attempts to teach that so easily verifiable fact [that would poison/stunt their collective self esteem] anywhere in Japan, is immediately FIRED; thus why are WE surprised that our people are socio-economically dysfunctional fron top to bottom when ALL most of us KNOW about our history is Slavery/the most all pervasive longest running collective defeat in human history, as opposed to our so diverse/ongoing contributions to Humaity’s advancement in every area of human activity over the last 5000 years?

Until we use an updated History curriculum to de-pollute our collective knowledge base aren't we very very likely to remain totally socio-economically dysfunctional from top to bottom; due to our Boulé dominated socio-economic elite [have YOU read Steven Cokely's exposé of these CLOWNS] being even more genuinely CLUELESS than the lower echelons who are usually just AUTOMATONS in any case?

When WE don't program ANY/ALL of our people to consciously acknowledge our African ethnicity as a blessing as opposed to a curse; aren't we extremely unlikely to even begin to fulfil our main responsibility; to deduce and construct the socio-economic vehicles that will allow us to collectively advance and compete with the rest of Humanity in the 21st century?

Shouldn't ALL of OUR school's in general, especially the traditionally Black Schools in the USA the rest of the Diaspora and Africa in particular be teaching an updated History Curriculum highlighting our so diverse but efficiently marginalized contributions to Civilization; thus reprogramming the minds of the people of African ethnicity with our TRUE history [as unearthed by our own historians] as a truly superlative therapy for the trauma of the ongoing African HOLOCAUST, for which both an apology and reparations are STILL missing, aren't THEY?
Isn't ANYONE who genuinely believes they are not programmed
graphically illustrating that their programming is COMPLETE?
 

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