You Lazy (Intellectual) African Scum!

So I got this in my email this morning…

 

They call the Third World the lazy man’s purview; the sluggishly slothful and languorous prefecture. In this realm people are sleepy, dreamy, torpid, lethargic, and therefore indigent—totally penniless, needy, destitute, poverty-stricken, disfavored, and impoverished. In this demesne, as they call it, there are hardly any discoveries, inventions, and innovations. Africa is the trailblazer. Some still call it “the dark continent” for the light that flickers under the tunnel is not that of hope, but an approaching train. And because countless keep waiting in the way of the train, millions die and many more remain decapitated by the day.

“It’s amazing how you all sit there and watch yourselves die,” the man next to me said. “Get up and do something about it.”

Brawny, fully bald-headed, with intense, steely eyes, he was as cold as they come. When I first discovered I was going to spend my New Year’s Eve next to him on a non-stop JetBlue flight from Los Angeles to Boston I was angst-ridden. I associate marble-shaven Caucasians with iconoclastic skin-heads, most of who are racist.

“My name is Walter,” he extended his hand as soon as I settled in my seat.

I told him mine with a precautious smile.

“Where are you from?” he asked.

“Zambia.”

“Zambia!” he exclaimed, “Kaunda’s country.”

“Yes,” I said, “Now Sata’s.”

“But of course,” he responded. “You just elected King Cobra as your president.”

My face lit up at the mention of Sata’s moniker. Walter smiled, and in those cold eyes I saw an amenable fellow, one of those American highbrows who shuttle between Africa and the U.S.

“I spent three years in Zambia in the 1980s,” he continued. “I wined and dined with Luke Mwananshiku, Willa Mungomba, Dr. Siteke Mwale, and many other highly intelligent Zambians.” He lowered his voice. “I was part of the IMF group that came to rip you guys off.” He smirked. “Your government put me in a million dollar mansion overlooking a shanty called Kalingalinga. From my patio I saw it all—the rich and the poor, the ailing, the dead, and the healthy.”

“Are you still with the IMF?” I asked.

“I have since moved to yet another group with similar intentions. In the next few months my colleagues and I will be in Lusaka to hypnotize the cobra. I work for the broker that has acquired a chunk of your debt. Your government owes not the World Bank, but us millions of dollars. We’ll be in Lusaka to offer your president a couple of millions and fly back with a check twenty times greater.”

“No, you won’t,” I said. “King Cobra is incorruptible. He is …”

He was laughing. “Says who? Give me an African president, just one, who has not fallen for the carrot and stick.”

Quett Masire’s name popped up.

“Oh, him, well, we never got to him because he turned down the IMF and the World Bank. It was perhaps the smartest thing for him to do.”

At midnight we were airborne. The captain wished us a happy 2012 and urged us to watch the fireworks across Los Angeles.

“Isn’t that beautiful,” Walter said looking down.

From my middle seat, I took a glance and nodded admirably.

“That’s white man’s country,” he said. “We came here on Mayflower and turned Indian land into a paradise and now the most powerful nation on earth. We discovered the bulb, and built this aircraft to fly us to pleasure resorts like Lake Zambia.”

I grinned. “There is no Lake Zambia.”

He curled his lips into a smug smile. “That’s what we call your country. You guys are as stagnant as the water in the lake. We come in with our large boats and fish your minerals and your wildlife and leave morsels—crumbs. That’s your staple food, crumbs. That corn-meal you eat, that’s crumbs, the small Tilapia fish you call Kapenta is crumbs. We the Bwanas (whites) take the cat fish. I am the Bwana and you are the Muntu. I get what I want and you get what you deserve, crumbs. That’s what lazy people get—Zambians, Africans, the entire Third World.”

The smile vanished from my face.

“I see you are getting pissed off,” Walter said and lowered his voice. “You are thinking this Bwana is a racist. That’s how most Zambians respond when I tell them the truth. They go ballistic. Okay. Let’s for a moment put our skin pigmentations, this black and white crap, aside. Tell me, my friend, what is the difference between you and me?”

“There’s no difference.”

“Absolutely none,” he exclaimed. “Scientists in the Human Genome Project have proved that. It took them thirteen years to determine the complete sequence of the three billion DNA subunits. After they

were all done it was clear that 99.9% nucleotide bases were exactly the same in you and me. We are the same people. All white, Asian, Latino, and black people on this aircraft are the same.”

I gladly nodded.

“And yet I feel superior,” he smiled fatalistically. “Every white person on this plane feels superior to a black person. The white guy who picks up garbage, the homeless white trash on drugs, feels superior to you no matter his status or education. I can pick up a nincompoop from the New York streets, clean him up, and take him to Lusaka and you all be crowding around him chanting muzungu, muzungu and yet he’s a riffraff. Tell me why my angry friend.”

For a moment I was wordless.

“Please don’t blame it on slavery like the African Americans do, or colonialism, or some psychological impact or some kind of stigmatization. And don’t give me the brainwash poppycock. Give me a better answer.”

I was thinking.

He continued. “Excuse what I am about to say. Please do not take offense.”

I felt a slap of blood rush to my head and prepared for the worst.

“You my friend flying with me and all your kind are lazy,” he said. “When you rest your head on the pillow you don’t dream big. You and other so-called African intellectuals are damn lazy, each one of you. It is you, and not those poor starving people, who is the reason Africa is in such a deplorable state.”

“That’s not a nice thing to say,” I protested.

He was implacable. “Oh yes it is and I will say it again, you are lazy. Poor and uneducated Africans are the most hardworking people on earth. I saw them in the Lusaka markets and on the street selling merchandise. I saw them in villages toiling away. I saw women on Kafue Road crushing stones for sell and I wept. I said to myself where are the Zambian intellectuals? Are the Zambian engineers so imperceptive they cannot invent a simple stone crusher, or a simple water filter to purify well water for those poor villagers? Are you telling me that after thirty-seven years of independence your university school of engineering has not produced a scientist or an engineer who can make simple small machines for mass use? What is the school there for?”

I held my breath.

“Do you know where I found your intellectuals? They were in bars quaffing. They were at the Lusaka Golf Club, Lusaka Central Club, Lusaka Playhouse, and Lusaka Flying Club. I saw with my own eyes a bunch of alcoholic graduates. Zambian intellectuals work from eight to five and spend the evening drinking. We don’t. We reserve the evening for brainstorming.”

He looked me in the eye.

“And you flying to Boston and all of you Zambians in the Diaspora are just as lazy and apathetic to your country. You don’t care about your country and yet your very own parents, brothers and sisters are in Mtendere, Chawama, and in villages, all of them living in squalor. Many have died or are dying of neglect by you. They are dying of AIDS because you cannot come up with your own cure. You are here calling yourselves graduates, researchers and scientists and are fast at articulating your credentials once asked—oh, I have a PhD in this and that—PhD my foot!”

I was deflated.

“Wake up you all!” he exclaimed, attracting the attention of nearby passengers. “You should be busy lifting ideas, formulae, recipes, and diagrams from American manufacturing factories and sending them to your own factories. All those research findings and dissertation papers you compile should be your country’s treasure. Why do you think the Asians are a force to reckon with? They stole our ideas and turned them into their own. Look at Japan, China, India, just look at them.”

He paused. “The Bwana has spoken,” he said and grinned. “As long as you are dependent on my plane, I shall feel superior and you my friend shall remain inferior, how about that? The Chinese, Japanese, Indians, even Latinos are a notch better. You Africans are at the bottom of the totem pole.”

He tempered his voice. “Get over this white skin syndrome and begin to feel confident. Become innovative and make your own stuff for god’s sake.”

At 8 a.m. the plane touched down at Boston’s Logan International Airport. Walter reached for my hand.

“I know I was too strong, but I don’t give it a damn. I have been to Zambia and have seen too much poverty.” He pulled out a piece of paper and scribbled something. “Here, read this. It was written by a friend.”

He had written only the title: “Lords of Poverty.”

Thunderstruck, I had a sinking feeling. I watched Walter walk through the airport doors to a waiting car. He had left a huge dust devil twirling in my mind, stirring up sad memories of home. I could see Zambia’s literati—the cognoscente, intelligentsia, academics, highbrows, and scholars in the places he had mentioned guzzling and talking irrelevancies. I remembered some who have since passed—how they got the highest grades in mathematics and the sciences and attained the highest education on the planet. They had been to Harvard, Oxford, Yale, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), only to leave us with not a single invention or discovery. I knew some by name and drunk with them at the Lusaka Playhouse and Central Sports.

Walter is right. It is true that since independence we have failed to nurture creativity and collective orientations. We as a nation lack a workhorse mentality and behave like 13 million civil servants dependent on a government pay cheque. We believe that development is generated 8-to-5 behind a desk wearing a tie with our degrees hanging on the wall. Such a working environment does not offer the opportunity for fellowship, the excitement of competition, and the spectacle of innovative rituals.

But the intelligentsia is not solely, or even mainly, to blame. The larger failure is due to political circumstances over which they have had little control. The past governments failed to create an environment of possibility that fosters camaraderie, rewards innovative ideas and encourages resilience. KK, Chiluba, Mwanawasa, and Banda embraced orthodox ideas and therefore failed to offer many opportunities for drawing outside the line.

I believe King Cobra’s reset has been cast in the same faculties as those of his predecessors. If today I told him that we can build our own car, he would throw me out.

“Naupena? Fuma apa.” (Are you mad? Get out of here)

Knowing well that King Cobra will not embody innovation at Walter’s level let’s begin to look for a technologically active-positive leader who can succeed him after a term or two. That way we can make our own stone crushers, water filters, water pumps, razor blades, and harvesters. Let’s dream big and make tractors, cars, and planes, or, like Walter said, forever remain inferior.

A fundamental transformation of our country from what is essentially non-innovative to a strategic superior African country requires a bold risk-taking educated leader with a triumphalist attitude and we have one in YOU. Don’t be highly strung and feel insulted by Walter. Take a moment and think about our country. Our journey from 1964 has been marked by tears. It has been an emotionally overwhelming experience. Each one of us has lost a loved one to poverty, hunger, and disease. The number of graves is catching up with the population. It’s time to change our political culture. It’s time for Zambian intellectuals to cultivate an active-positive progressive movement that will change our lives forever. Don’t be afraid or dispirited, rise to the challenge and salvage the remaining few of your beloved ones.

Field Ruwe is a US-based Zambian media practitioner and author. He is a PhD candidate with a B.A. in Mass Communication and Journalism, and an M.A. in History.

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829 thoughts on “You Lazy (Intellectual) African Scum!

    1. Kizito Nkurikiyeyezu

      Is it possible to incorporate this article in every african country’s constitution? Aaaah! Who cares, by the time you and I get back in Africa we’re making the same mistakes like our predecessors anyways.

      1. omoba

        The problem we are having is not really from our graduates being unable to create or event new things,but the problem is from our home based universities being unable to produce qualified graduate ,we have whole lots of graduate from african whom I believe can’t defend their qualifications,,whole lots of science student student who can’t event anything.well this whole problem is also trace to our corrupt leaders in african.african leaders are the cause off all african problems

        1. MD

          I believe that we should correct with kindness when possible. You simply could have said you assumed he/she was trying to spell “invent” rather than “event”. I would guess you were trying to spell “listen” and “can’t” when you wrote “listern” and “cant”. We all make mistakes… be kind.

          1. vincent

            Just see the energy u guys use to oppose/ correct each other, thats what keeps us behind we focus much on what another person is doing than minding our own business…….instead of challenging fellow african plz help him up so that u all reach the goal u envision

          2. Konijees

            This is the problem…Think we know it all..Even the prime minister of England makes spelling mistake..

        2. Michael

          It’s people like you who can spell invent but can’t invent a thing that this article is about, you need to go to TATA auto factory in India and find how many of the engineers there will flow with your good english! FEW IF NOT NONE

          you can’t even make a toothpick!

      2. Biggy

        very funny, by the time we get back right?…..i hope you will make for the opportunity of being where you are right now…

      3. abada

        As the Yorubas say: Alabukun ni fun eni ti o fi obo lo eyan, egbe si ni fun eni ti o gba. Blessed are those who insult you and treat you with contempt, woe unto those who accept to be insulted and treated with contempt.

        1. eugene Nzeribe

          Dear Kizito, the fact that you know about this and it touched you enough to write encourages me to believe that we would be successful in bringing together the next generation of, at least, a few dedicated Africans who can kick-start the economic and social development of Africa. Please join our small project team at: http://www.icafrica.com/acpd/

      4. vincent

        If u want to change anything stop burning energy thinking of the crowd and what they are doing, u should be the change u want to see then the rest will either follow u or live to call u legend

    2. dele

      Jaring, almost heartstopping read, but a big load of poppycock. Fact: All of you educated africans reading this, are some of the most hardworking sons/daughters of mother earth known to humankind. Why so readily believe “Educated Africans are lazy” ? A far more effective approach, though one that is far less melodramatic than the selfless martyrdom that Mr Walter so unequivocally prescribes for all educated black people, is for all hardworking (black) people, educated or not, to continue to exploit all available resources at home and abroad to reap maximum advantage. What is true for white people is true for black people and all people…apply your best individual effort for maximum individual gain and your community will profit. The smartest ones know that maximum individual gain is not cushy job with 401k and paid vacation. That’s for the small dreamers. But it takes a lot of small dreamers with cushy jobs and 401Ks to provide foundations for the big dreamers to even have a shot. Hmmm…maybe this is what Mr Walter is REALLY afraid of? Onwards and forwards everyone!

      1. Jacob

        You are already defending the indefensible..Typical African fashion and recipe for failure. Dont tell me anything new for what i know is good. Cry beloved Africa..

    3. dingze

      no no, its not true,the whites looted most if not all the resources they used to develop their nations from Africa.as for the Americans,they got to where they are through cheap labor.got to give it to them,they have got heart to do whatever they want,they are clever and all but its not true to say Africans are lazy.these guys created a world economy which they control themselves,they determine the price of gold and diamonds but are they the largest producers of these minerals? NO! they are not. World Bank? Who controls it? don’t be fooled by what this guy is saying. Africans are not lazy,they are just oppressed economically by those who control the world economy………..

      1. Afrofusionlounge

        Cheap Labor? FREE Labor. Slaves weren’t paid, bruh. Don’t know if this story is true or not, but even if it isn’t its poisonous and wrong to repeat stupid, outplayed racist stereotypes.

    1. Vianney

      if u say the problem is our home based universities which are unable to produce qualified graduates, how about those African graduates who have studied in the best universities in the world? what have they done for Africa?

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    1. meplusyou

      He didn’t say his phD is useless. obviously you didn’t read the whole thing. What he said is that the phD is useful only if it is combined with creativity and used to directly benefit his country and people and not just to work a 9-5 job for some company or university that doesn’t care about Africans. Pay attention!

      1. Nadia

        You are so right. The authour learns that having a degree don’t change anything unless it use for productivity. I learned something new today, we have the power and its time to step up….lets not sleep on our gifts.

      2. Shem

        YOU CAN NOW SEE HOW AN AFRICAN HALFHEARTEDLY READS A SHORT ESSAY. IF SUCH LAZY PEOPLE ARE POPULATING OUR UNIVERSTIES AND PARLIAMENTS, WHAT DOES AN AFRICAN CHILD EXPECT IN TERMS OF GUIDANCE.

  2. Kimunya Mugo (@KimunyaMugo)

    Field, thank you for your insights. I have made a link in my blog “Leadership scratches a sore” [http://wp.me/p28gFh-13]

    There is need to move from couch diplomacy (talk) towards helping others (action). It may be considered insignificant, but it is a bold step to start off cleaning up our leadership problem. As an African, I believe that our solutions will come from the continent. No one is going to solve our problems, or pull us out of the quagmire that is the African “mess”. We have to pull ourselves up by our very own bootstraps.

    We have to own our problems, for us to appreciate that solutions are necessary. I would propose that is exactly what happened during the uprisings in North Africa.

      1. Malaka Post author

        Eugene, would you be willing to start a Facebook page for your proposed think tank? If you would, I would be happy to post the details on my blog. If people are really serious about working together, as many have said here, we should create a space for people to congregate virtually.

        In it, we could discuss plans and risks. As much as we dislike our leaders, we cannot dismiss them. Some of them are ruthless and wouldn’t think twice about beating any dissidents within an inch of their lives if they thought any proposed change would negatively affect their bank accounts.

        And for the love of God, all nay-sayers please stay in your lanes! This is for progressive thinkers only.

        Eugene, what say you?

      2. Sifon Inem

        Eugene,
        Good thinking. Would love to be part of the thinktank to help raise Africa from her present state in anyway i can help.
        Please send me a mail (i.sifon@gmail.com) on where to start and i follow on Malaka’s suggestion on creating a virtual space for everyone.
        Africa my Africa

      3. Selali

        Truth is truth is truth…
        It ultimately tends to speak for itself despite crudeness of delivery or ‘briusability’ of egos.

        I should be interested in being a part of such a group. If it gains any traction by all means drop me a line.

  3. Elijah

    Trueth comes with pain, at first I felt really bad and I was just curiours to read that you punched the messenger. Politics will take us to the grave, which is not fair, lets change our political culture and make Africa home of happyness not rich and te poor. I am happy to be whom I am and I will never complain, Lets all stand and say NO to dirty politics.

    1. Bhooqi

      Much has been said already. Its time to dream big, harness our creativity and make our nation great! All hands must be on deck… Where there is no vision, the people cast of restraint….

    1. chela Netai

      He does not need to……YOU are his representative here. let us be the change we want to see🙂

  4. ethnicsupplies

    WOW! That was some conversation and in all honesty he could have been talking about Uganda or any other African country. He is absolutely right from many angles, we would sooner buy foreign than buy African, this kills innovation amongst other things. The question is what are we going to do about it?

  5. Prince

    There can never be more truth than what William offered, we should not take offense, but wake up from slumber and save mother Africs from this excruciating pain. Thanks Field.

  6. chidi

    the article is quite true… However,I do not believe that African intellectuals are lazy. I see alot of them work hard, design, fabricate and come up with great ideas only to be shot down b govts./politicians who are benefitin from the status quo.

    1. Akin

      Chidi that’s quite true too. My friend recently designed a machine “the perpetual motor” check perpertualminds.com. Its so disheartening that he’s find his way out of Africa but good for him and his project. In this part of the world creativity is rarely appreciated, if you come up with something people want to steal your invention. Though this is an international issue but worst is deprivation, we can’t, we won’t and will never. Imagine going to the president that you would build the next operating system that will get the world thinking what next. If you’ve not got to the University, he’ll ask have you got a degree and you go No. They’ll say we can’t help you. That motor is the answer to keep PHCN and NNPC out of business, can’t wait to see it up.

    2. Palang

      @Chidi, this addresses governance and we as individuals. Nigeria gained her own Independence past 50years but we have nothing to show forth. I agree we have the intellectuals and hard working who probably would spent their evenings hanging out in expensive clubs rather than plant back what they’ve studied.
      Two forces exist here…we need to exercise our civic rights purposefully by voting the right brains in government, secondly we must rise up as individuals to contribute and make an impact on this soil in whatever capacity we find ourselves despite the challenges.

    3. Johnny

      Very true. The leaders have made it difficult to get ahead through science and technology. You have to be corrupt and a politician to get ahead. Hard working graduates are languishing in poverty.

      1. Nosa

        No offense to must of you here, but you people are as worst as that begot. He talked about how whites invented the bulb, but fails to say that a black man invented the filiments that made that light bulb work. Blacks Invented the aircondition that keeps mrs. Walter cool in Africa, a black man invented the super computer that pretty much lead to the personal computer we have today, a black man invented the internal combustable engine that to the car we drive today, a black man invented the oven and microwave, otis Boykins invented the TV, Radio and computer he is a b;ack man. Dr. Philip Emeagwali is the “Father of the Internet” the black Bill Gates as they call him. The refrigerated trucks was invented by a black man, the blood bank, The Imaging X-Ray Spectrometer was Invented by George Alcon, a black man.

            1. dannievanpee

              These people you mention are African Americans who do not consider themselves as AFRICANS. This article is not directed to just black people but mainly Africa’s intellectuals who let their hard earned degrees go to waste – spending the measly salaries on inventions of the white man/foreigner while his/her country suffers.

      2. Nosa

        I went to Abuja to see little children that invented variety of things, including solar panels, holipcopter made out of Honda Accord engine, renewable energy to name. an Igbo man Invented a car in Nigeria and the presidents didnt fund it because be he was Ibo, now his car is now being produce in South Africa. Nigerians in America excel in every fields they are in. Africa Has one problem and that problem is leadership. The Asians have gotten their leadership problem in order and the Africans will get their houses in order too….. When we do, the sky will be the limit. We’ve do it before and we will do it again.

    4. Naiboka

      Not in the literal sense that Africans are lazy…….Walter’s provocation is to stimulate forward thinking for Africa among Africans. Yes we are intellectuals that are not benefiting our continent

  7. Saheed Dauda

    As bitter as it sounds, but that is just the reality, Chairman Mao came and put China on the path of where she is today, what we have is a bunch of egocentric African leaders whose preoccupation is to perpetuate themselves in power and create a family cum political dynasty, Africa is indeed a scar in the conscience of the global family

  8. Mfundza

    Heh, all these black people so happy for a bwana’s rebuke? Please. If this kind of comment is revelatory for you then maybe you deserve this kind of treatment. Go and read Fanon for goodness sake: 50 years ago he was saying things like this. But you still need a basically racist white banker to tell you this?? One who is perpetuating the very political system you are laying much of the blame on? Come on…

    1. Chris Dee

      The ‘bwana’ is the least racist I ever heard of – only someone who who has your interest at heart will tell you if you have mouth odor – the rest will just shy away and gossip behind you. He did the writer (and indeed all Africans) a huge favor by taking the risk to speak, although I doubt if he would have risked it if the flight was Zambia-bound!

    2. Sahalu

      Excuses, excuses, excuses! This is an excellent example of the disease we speak of. Many an African intellectual or more apt pseudo-intellectuals help to perpetuate the morass by blaming the white man. Blame the West and blame others. This type of mentality is so childish and so disempowering. Black man’s disease, blame others and further poison the well. The Chinese, the Indians and others are busy building and elevating, some of us are busy, hard at work blaming others. Like Michael Jackson said, “take a good look at the man in the mirror”

  9. NM

    This is nothing new. What Africa needs is an overhaul in leadership and an end to tribalism(at least in Kenya). That seems to be the root of most of our problems and only we can fix it.

  10. amoah patrick

    My heart was struck by the revelation of the truth. Indeed truth hurts as it’s been said. I have always been saying the same things Walter said and to my amazement i hear my fellow blacks saying there is nothing we can do. Even when you give them enough evidence of how many blacks are sweating abroad cracking their brains to make that land a haven they say it’s because they are there. MOTHER AFRICA!!!!! WHERE ARE YOUR ELDERS WHO THOUGHT AND FOUGHT FOR YOU? I greatly believe that leaders like Dr. Kwame Nkrumah from Ghana and the rest really toiled for nothing and until we rise up, they shall never rest in perfect peace.

  11. sanga collins

    People please note. Most of the first world was just like this just over 100 years ago.
    THe so called intelectual few taking advantage of the many? thats the way the world works.
    Allow the natural evolution of culture and politics and we are right on schedule to become super powers by the end of the century!!

    1. Steve Odhiambo

      Ua entitled 2 ua opinion bro bt its thnkn lyk uaz that continues 2 bring us down…dnt bury ua head in the sand nd wish 4 evrythng 2 all rosy.we hav 2 work 4 that!!

    2. Emeka

      Wake up dreamer.If your father started primary school at the age of 16, do you also have to do the same. Innovations are killed at foetal stage in Africa just for personal enrichment. The fact is that Africa is not even on the track of progress, from cape to the horn. Simple.The first step to the solution of a problem is acknowledging it exists. People like you live in denial. Wakey wakey

  12. Abimbola Smoothgenius

    Justifiable invincible ballistic word missiles…..its dawn of new season, we must do something.

  13. murwa

    this is what we always see around. in university the dons spend most of their time discrediting their pupils and pulling them down- this has created a kind of vicious cycle. just like on this blog we blame our leaders, instead of pointing the finger in our own direction. we cant blame them when we are the electors! we all have to play our part, we have failed miserably

    1. Paradiso

      That is the point!! You got it. If we are NOT part of the solution, we ARE most certainly part of the problem. Period!

  14. Simon Kibira

    THIS IS SO TRUE ABT AFRICA. Typical of Uganda: What amazes me, the author signs off with the Ph.D, and Masters and all these intellectual qualifications that he talks about in the article..! we should have changed yesterday, but its not too late. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE??? I mean YOU who is commenting on this piece? start where you are, lift your brother and sister out of poverty.

  15. bantutu

    Invigorating read! Right up to the point you started speaking of our leaders.
    I agree with Walter 100%, our problem is that our elites are a bunch of lazy sods.
    Thanks for sharing, inspiring stuff.

  16. tinz

    Very true… And dis is strictly 4 d youths, not jst sit down nd press  … Hw can we innovate 4rm using PMS to smetin we wud easily buy?

  17. Muyi Ladoja

    Having read the article and a few of the comments. I’m surprised more people are not talking about all of us educated (and non educated) Africans are not talking about how to be ‘unlazy’ but rather blame it on our leaders. We all should be fairly ashamed of ourselves (not our leaders this time) because if we work harder, longer, develop and encourage ourselves more we might just get the kind of leader that will help. But my firm belief is everyone of us should strive for excellence, at all human and emotional cost, in whatever endeavour we might be involved in and we might just surprise ourselves and succeed! I am.

  18. Mutya Frio

    In the 80s, a muzungu wrote an article on Time magazine about the Philippines (my home country), titled “A Damaged Culture.” For almost the exact same observations that Walter have of Africans; he had a long list of why we Filipinos are failures and remain a third world country. The author’s observations were not inaccurate, but the observations were also made by a foreigner who simply breezed through the country and instinctively did the most natural thing an unthinking foreigner would do: complain. And fail to see the successes we have as a culture, as a nation, as a people. And then they tell us what we should do. My bottom line is that the sooner we ourselves in the third world put the mirrors to our faces, then nobody else has to. The sooner we see our flaws — rather, opportunities for growth and progress — the sooner we can act on those opportunities. And then we can begin to celebrate our successes. And we never have to put up with another Walter and fall into the trap of believing in him. For we believe in our own people more than the Walters of this world.

    1. Chinedu Irozuru

      You my friend is on point. It shocks me to know how ignorant the so called educated people in the third world can be. The only part you didn’t get is that Most of the under development of the third world was engineered by the elite class of the third world. I don’t know much about Philippines though, but I’m dealm sure about africa. In as much as I hate to admit it, our only hope lies in the proper utilisation and management of this enlightenment age we are almost approaching

  19. Sylvia Jules Kal

    This while soooo annoying, is spot on at so many levels. That said, the Walter xter could have put it miore diplomatically and come across less racist. Its so true thayt most caucasian, asian , chinese people feel superior to Africans whatver their position in life, coz they feel like they hav econtributed to every African’s wellbeing, sadly, many european/American Taxpayers have….but lording it over a stranger and calling him lazy is downright rude and shows a lack of good upbringing thats unprecedented. This Walter felt that he could air his views on a flight and get away withit…air marshals and all thayt. Why doesnt he air same views in a proper African Venue….he may not be so cocky after or during….twakoowa

    1. Maximuge

      Please, please, don’t get yourself so worked up….that’s bad for your health.

      And anyway, it’s necessary to sometimes come down hard on someone in the way this Mzungu did: that way, the message stays in between your ears for sometime. He did it in a clever way.

      He said openly what many Westerners privately think of Africans….except he also threw down the gauntlet. Basically, it’s a challenge to Africa. If you also think about it, he also said openly what many Africans think about themselves, and of their place in this world.

      We have rotten leaders/ govts (eg. in Uganda, Zimbabwe), just to make the problems we have that much worse.

      Africans, wake up!

  20. TABASAMU MONOLOGUES

    You are wrong here “But the intelligentsia is not solely, or even mainly, to blame. The larger failure is due to political circumstances over which they have had little control.” The intelligentsia are solely to blame but their Apathetic attitudes have prevented them to do what the intelligentsia in the Arab spring have done and take control of the political circumstances not just in Zambia but in sub-saharan Africa.

    1. Frank

      If political circumstances are to blame, who are the people in control of the so called “political circumstances?” And it also implies that those people in control are also less intelligent, so if they are less intelligent why cant the intelligentsia who you claim are not solely, or even mainly to blame use thier so called intelligence to get rid of them once and for all???? Hmmmmmm…Laziness or cowardice?????

  21. Ndanu

    I pray that this article sparks a debate that will challenge all Africans to draw all our effort together towards stepping out of poverty. Don’t point fingers at our leaders – that will not yield any tangible results. Rather like one of our continent’s greatest icons to date, Wangari Matahaai, we must do our part to make a positive and sustainable impact in our land.

  22. Ikedimma Valentine Chigozie

    Its highly unfortunate, I wish African Leader will find time to go through this conservations

  23. uchenna igwe

    Powerful article. Its just funny that the author saw fit to add all his degrees to the article, I guess it a credibility issue rather than the ‘African’ propensity to hang our laurels in the sun.

    Anyway, love the article

    1. georgeen

      Very true. I have. Always wondered why there is no single successful homogeneous black nation on earth . I think at last I have some answers.

  24. Sekesebi

    Hard but true. I am a Nigerian with so much concern for what the future hold for my country. How can I plan and dream big when most of my nightly dream and plans (short or long term) get blown up by Boko Haram before it get to the drawing board or Government policy coated in total corruption. That lives me with another factor that he did not remember to say – I now transfer all my problem to the door post of the All Mighty God including those that he has empower me to take care of just like the Government Dept do set up committee upon committee for every unthinkable issues just because nobody want to take responsibility for failure.

    1. Halilu

      See it right there? This problem has existed long before Boko Haram. That’s what we do, if things don’t work how we want it, we start pointing fingers. We should take responsibility for our actions and act not sit around and talk.

  25. Ijipee

    Am totally speechless!!The truth is hard is to swallow but the guy really hit the nail on the head!!

  26. Uchechukwu O.

    This is challenging; I’ve been challenged by this! It calls for action and not just feeling of pity. We all need to start acting from our little corners!

  27. soni

    Please let me know who I can speak to for the rights to use some of this text for a project… I would much love the opportunity.

    Also PLEASE, you need to let me meet ‘WALTER’ he deserves a hug from myself!

  28. Adeyemi Akisanya

    This, and similar articles, should be complied into booklets and made compulsory reading and discussion in the first three years of secondary school. Undergraduates should have it as part of their General Studies or other (often) compulsory studies auxiliary to their Majors. Artful literalists should form them into rhymes for pupils in primary schools and in Kindergarten. Clerics should form appropriate prayer points for use in prayer and fasting in places of religious worship and devotion. It’s not the author but the thoughts – they are straight on point.

    1. Eghosa

      I concur with Adeyemi’s comments. We need tΦ really start an enlightening process right from the cradle. African leaders have failed the continent but we as a people need a re-orientation of our thought process.

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  30. Taiwo

    Africa has been completely destroyed by the moribund and over bloated political system which they have no clue at all. You need to see the Nigerian 2012 budget and imagine what the president budgeted for food per day. #900billion Naira on security and the leader of Boko Haram escaped with impunity and just killed 170 in one swoop. All the targets were police and para military installations! Africa is typical ‘miseducation of the negros’

  31. Yusuf

    Perhaps we could start off by borrowing a leaf from the Open-source movement. i found this idea waaaay too compelling. http://www.opensourceecology.org

    these guys are designing and sharing their knowledge on how we can create 50tools and machines called the Global Village Construction Set. tools required to start a civilisation. they are sharing the instructional videos and all…lets join them and do this everywhere, then africa will become something.

  32. Edgar

    Indeed the poor and the uneducated are the most hard working, this piece should ignite action on all the intellectuals. The progress of our countries is stunted because it lacks our input

  33. Mark Bill

    Sadly true. We may blame politicians all we want, but we are the ones who put and keep them there. Time to wake up and smell the humus!

  34. Gideon For-mukwai

    Fellow African brothers and sisters: What should you do if some one gives you bitter medication? Would you drink it, run away or curse off the person.
    Apparently some of us are still blaming our leaders, corruption, the white man, racism an all that. These are all valid points but the fall short of the issue at hand. What can we do?
    Do you think that Chinese intellectuals all like communism? The point I see here is that not withstanding these issues, we must begin to talk about these issues. Lets do something about this.
    Lets join forces, perhaps we can create a web page for an African Awakening to start sharing our views, ideas and use these new social media tools to think, share and mobilize ideas.
    If you like this idea, speak up. A single step is better than no step.

    1. Lisa

      Yes you are right, all we do is keep blaming the govt. and corruption, but the problem is us all. The same us will end up as leaders tomorrow and become presidents and africa will continue in the mess it is. We need to change our attitude toways life!!!

  35. tibanyendera

    Bitter,factual,revelatory,racist ..call it whatever you deem suits the article but dont forget walter’s points on Africa(Zambia,Uganda etc….) are continous outbursts we have heard for ages and know pretty well but we seem blindfolded to act…..Its a challenging wakeup call.

  36. Ope

    I am delighted there a lot of africans cut across the continent, who ve seen this story and have reacted positively!. Pls don’t let us just stop here, let’s take this message and ACT on it!. “How would he ever feel inferior when we fly in his plane”?????…..me am a Nigerian.

  37. Abdulkarfat

    Tribalism, ethnicity and religious bigotry are threatening enemies of Africa and always played into the wicked hands of dangerous politiCal leaders. Africa cannot make any head way unless it has achieved peace and unity. We are just been reminded by the piece .

    1. Sahalu

      That is so true Abdulkarfat. The central issue (in my view) is culture, not economics. Primitive loyalties permeate Africa very deeply and rule the day. All the talk about economic development, science, technology, education, efforts…. will come to nothing, until a sufficient number of Africans develop real national patriotism. When we effectively identify first with tribe, religion, language and other narrow-minded loyalties, no meaningful economic development can take place in such an environment, as we are easily divided into factions and therefore enemies…..
      Take Nigeria for example, despite all the talk, the country is fundamentally divided into narrow interests, defined along tribe, religion, region and the such. Sure, there are people who have risen above these primitive loyalties, for the most part though; Africa is still primarily a land of primitive loyalties. Absence of real local and national leadership, I am afraid, we are looking at generations yet to come, before we can overcome the morass. If we want Africa to develop, attack the root-cause first and move-on up from there. Sometimes, enlightened dictatorships (to force and develop national cohesion), not the predatory politics we see all over Africa, can do the job, such as China for example.
      And for goodness sake, let us stop blaming the boogieman (white man) for our ills. It is childish, so 1950’s and incredibly infuriating. We look and sound ignorant when we do that, not to mention justifying the view of those that see us as inferior people incapable of taking care of themselves.

  38. Tee

    Ok.. Without wasting time saying “africa stand up”, here’s my solution: let’s first of all lose our second names.. The surname/tribal names.. And let each african country get a national language that everyone speaks.. I’d suggest english coz it’s spoken widely already. I know you’re going to give me the whole culture value speech, but think about it.. We were colonised in the first place coz the white man found a divided africa based on tribal lines and took advantage of it.. Making one group believe they were superior to another.. See the Baganda in Uganda and the Tutsi inRwanda for example.

    The biggest mistake the slave owners did was to give all their slaves American names and force them to forget their culture.. Do u think Martin Luther King would have led that movement with the likes of Malcolm X if they were still thinking “I’m a yoruba and shldnKt associate with this inferior chap from another tribe”??? No! Hell no! Think about it.. How many of us can’t even marry from another tribe in our countries because the cultures clash?? Wat nonsense is this?! Its 2012 for crying out loud! Do u think we are the first to have tribes and cultures?? Look at the history of europe.. They too had that phase with the anglo saxons and what have you.. How many people in europe now can say they are saxon? That’s just bull crap! They moved on centuries ago! That’s the reason we learn history.. No need to re-invent the wheel here. And some public figure in my country said he only needed to have learnt addition, subtraction, multplication and division in school! The ignorance is unbelievable!

    Also. How about infrastructure?? Why isn’t there a railway line from cairo to cape town? From Dar es salaam to Dakar?? Why? Money cannot be the issue here. The brits build the east african railway in 1896. 1896!!!! They had cheap labour from india.. But we hav prisoners in all our countries. Why not strike a deal with some of them with petty crimes.. Do some work on the railway line and hav your sentence reduced?! I can’t see why not! But our leaders are too high on corruption to even table this in parliament.

    Lastly and most importantly.. How about we re-define our borders?? Why after attaining independence are we stuck along the same imaginary lines that greedy white men drew up for us?? Pitting brothers against each other because of an IMAGINARY LINE!! Did u know that there are Awori brothers in Kenya and Uganda who were Members of parlaiment in both countries because there family was based on the Kenya-Uganda border and so they cld be citizens of both countries?? Why can’t we decide for ourselves what our borders should look like?? If they should be there in the first place!

    Think about it.

    1. sugabelly

      Dumbest idea ever. After having our cultural identity almost wiped out by Europeans you want to finish the job finally? Meanwhile French, German, Italian, Spanish, etch Europeans get to keep their cultural history and languages yeah?

      Please, fall back.

      1. Tee

        dumb? did you understand anything i wrote about division and borders? are there any spanish speaking people in italy as a result of their borders?? no! if you can’t see that this stupid pride we have of focussing on making one tribe superior to another is holding us back then I don’t know what to tell you.. enjoy your backward position forever.

        stick to YOUR cultures and see how far WE get.

        1. Smart

          First, i don’t know how losing our culture is going to solve matters, because our problems are not culture both the leadership who have learn very well from their colonial master and adopted the same technique the European used. As for not being able to marry from a different tribe in your country, i don’t know what country you are from. I’m Nigerian and i will tell you that almost everybody in my generation are married to somebody of different tribes( heck even most of the military dictators married from other tribes). I live in California, US and here they are people of different culture living along side each other. Here in one place you would think you are in China, another its like being in Mexico, then Korea, then Ireland i can keep going. The difference is that the gov’t don’t use it as a tool for manipulation. People that always say look at Europe and usually people that know nothing of European history. There were no people that were more violent and killed each others by the millions, until after ww2 and the scale of the destruction and the realization that another war with the major powers would mean the complete extermination of the European race. My point is, “OUR CULTURE AND OUR LANGUAGE IS NOT OUR PROBLEM, BUT SHOULD BE OUR SOLUTION” The problem with Africans is that we would on a whim we would denigrate, and abandon our way of doing things for a foreign one that we have no understanding off.

      2. Frank

        If our whole educational system is based on the western model and if all the text books we study are written mainly in english, whats the big deal about making English a unified african language as Tee suggested? (just thinking)…And I would rather say bye bye to our existing tribes, cultures and borders if it will bring about a new culture of freedom, love, peace, justice, intergrity etc amongst ALL Africans..

    2. Mthaka yo wa finda

      Wow.. that may actually be the dumbest thing I have ever heard in my life. All your suggestions are as impractical as they are vacuous.

      1. Tee

        oh please!

        dumbest thing you’ve ever heard?! how enriched is your life then, huh? and have you picked anything from all the bright stuff you’ve been hearing?? no! how dumb are YOU then?! don’t see the both of you giving solutions.. wait, you’re probably waiting for a white chap to tell you what to do as always right?!

        206 responses so far.. how many solutions?!

        instead of being critiques how about you bring ideas and we debate them!

        THINK!

        1. Mya

          Tee and friends ..I hope after two years your opinions have grown .
          Your ideas may not have been dumb because you were focused on unity ,which is a big plus but I wonder if you weighed the positive with the negative .
          The only reason our people have apparently not done what we ought to do,the only reason out education doesn’t seem to help us whatsoever and instead makes us appear lazy to anyone who observes is language . We spend all our time in school trying to understand the language rather than what’s being taught . By the time we get it ..the morale is gone and desperation has set in ..all we are doing is cramming and never understanding.
          Also replacing our own with someone else’s own won’t do us any good .
          You see ..people who are not confident very rarely stand up and say ” I have a great idea!!” If you don’t think you’re good enough ,there is no way you’ll think that others will think you good enough. This might sound like crap to you or like a small thing but it’s the whole point of teaching history . If you’re to teach someone history that only brings down their confidence ,they are better off not hearing it..the white man whom you guys rever so much ..knows this ..and you can see it through his history…at this point you might argue “but that’s the truth about his history” but I would ask you ..”are you sure?”..you might say ” of course !,read the books” and I’d ask ..”do you believe everything you ,read? Does writing down something make it true?” I don’t wat you might say then ,but that for you to ponder.
          All in all ,we already have colour to unite us ..we don’t need to kick our languages in the butt ,we need knowledge ,real education to unite us .once we stop trying to learn and understand other peoples languages and focussing on our stuff..we shall be unstoppable.

    3. Chris Dee

      Tee,

      Your opinion is crazy, but I agree with it totally! my children live in harmony with their friends because they only classify them as good or bad influences not hausa, ijaw, yoruba or ibo (nigerian tribes). They hardly know which tribes they come from – its usually we the parents that pollute their innocent minds by pointing out the differences to them. Africans, smell the coffee! We have been conquered by the europeans marauders and a new game is in town – cosmopolitanism instead of village-ism. We need to learn it and fast, or never ‘progress’, whatever that means to you…we need to learn it because the crazy, greedy bwanas wont ever let you be. if you do not control and utilize your resources, they will do it for you, like it or not. they will always quote the bible that says ‘dominate and subdue the earth’..that earth is you, my fellow africans!

  39. Becky

    Ds is an insightful story. Really want to say a big thank you for opening our eyes to the real true nature of our selves n our nation(African nations)

  40. Julian

    As a piece of witty storytelling, this piece works on many levels. However, as a discourse on Africa’s plight and how to address it successfully, it is inadequate. He is right about the African intellectual abdicating responsibility and past leaders “embracing orthodox ideas.”

    The writer has failed to spell out what those “orthodox ideas” are. He talks about cultivating “an active-positive progressive movement that will change our lives forever.” What are the exact mechanics for achieving that?

    This situation in which Africa finds itself needs to be placed in historical and socio-political context. The long and short of it is that nothing will change for the better if the economic stranglehold of the West – as represented by policies dictated by the IMF and World Bank – is not broken.

    We can make all the cars and water pumps we like, but the dire socio-economic realities on the continent will not improve as long as we keep on implementing rabid, neoliberal free-market economic dictates of the West.

  41. Eddie

    The problem with Africa are the intellectuals led by the author, Field Ruwe. With all your academic credentials, you still need credibility by publishing them. Secondly, you are still based in the diaspora while arguing that the political climate is not healthy for you. You have an MA in History, you must be aware of the French Revolution

  42. Ronald M. Muyomba

    Thank you for this. I think I should resign my current job and find something more challenging.

    1. titilope

      Nice article. Resigning from your job will not solve the situation Ronald. One has to apply wisdom to issues like this. I would say you should still keep your job but think of other challenges you want to work on and make them a dream come true.

  43. ariyo

    I am a Nigerian. After I read this I’ve decided to change my approach to life to one of filling in the need areas rather than pointing fingers. Its so timely and I choose to find a way by helping many people like me, youths, find one! You can join me too.

  44. jeff

    So true.but there’s a lot more to it.in africa the only way we can acheive change is by electing good leaders. But whenever we do this, they r assisinated by the likes of walter or receive death threats if they don’t take ridiculous world bank loans. Well,we haven’t given up.but it will take a lot longer than 47yrs to acheive that.

    1. Mya

      Thank you very much ,Jeff ..no one among all the commentators seems to understand the way the west works indeed.just accepting blame because apparently a white man said so .
      The loans are such a foolish and practically illegal burden placed on us .
      We never needed them in the first place but whoever tries to avoid them mysteriously dies .
      First thing we should do is cancel these illegal IMF loans that are in turn scraping us dry of our immense wealth.

  45. Kakube Tajuba

    Bwana Ruwe asante ndugu, you are right on the money! I am one of those unlucky-so-called-masquareding-lazy-intellectuals-in-the-West-who-could-not-find-any-employment-in-mother-country-Uganda. Although my doctorate was in Education, I had moved around in different areas: finance, investment, health care, customer relations, security, etc.. with the belief that the more diversified I am, the better I would be teaching education to would be educators in Africa. Little did I know that I would be turned down in my home country Uganda. So to put bread on the table for the family, I am still “sweeping” (kyeyo) in America! The one thing that stands out is that Africa has failed to understand the history of the West. And, has, instead, blindly followed education models from the West without any adjustments to fit and satisfy the African context. That is why we have miserably failed to make it economically and politically. Until we understand fully how democreracy works hand-in-glove-with c apitalism, we shall remain on the lowest human-totem-pole! Our ancestors must be turning in their graves wondering what became of-the-millett/foofoo-eating-stromg-Africans versus spaghetti-eating-homo-sapiens! God help Africa.

  46. Austine Uche

    This is norhing but the home truth. As a University teacher in Nigeria. I am always stupify by the level of enginerring prototypes in our research centres, no industrial link up, everybody is waiting for contrivances from China, korea, Malaysia, etc even when the prototypes are here with our universities and other research centres. It is a problem of poor leadership quality in Africa and indeed the Third Word Countries in which the whites remain collaberators and beneficiaries. We Africas should see this as a challenge and pull our selves togther.

  47. keji busari-ahmad

    Can there ever be a more bitter pills than this?It took a thousands of tonns of hard water to force it down my throat..I had to endure it since the chemical composition is a sure CURE to my age long AILMENT.TRUTH na truth any day!

  48. Eche

    Reading some of the comments here, you will see why this “walter’s theory” will be true for long time. Can’t we simply see beyond the colour of skin to see the painful truth this man has told the black man. This is a tandem with even more brutal truths penned down in a book by Chika Onyeani titled ‘Capitalist Nigger’. It is a call to those few of us who can afford to make comments through this medium even when we cannot make ordinary keypads, to wake up and together wake our nation up through positive actions

  49. karsh

    one of d problems affecting we Africans is corruption. As pointed out by walter, most of our leaders are easily bought over to change policies in favor of these so calld superior whites. As we think about inventions, discoveries and moving foward, lets not forget that the menace of corruption also needs to be tackled as we move along. God bless Africa- the up coming world power.

  50. tunde

    I feel dis article, but we africans we ar not much bad. We only hv bad govt and mismanagement all they care for is they selves. Loll

  51. okungbowa Daniel

    I quite agree with Walter, our African leaders lack for sight needed to move africa forward. IMF just give them measures that will not help us yet they accept. Our graduates are just there to be called educated yet they have not added anything to the development of their father land.

  52. abiola otukoya

    This is an african problem,walter told the truth,we need to reason over our beliefs. We tends to pray to GOD to solve human problems. its time to leap out of our frog ponds and act.

  53. cindy

    very inspiring article. and true. it actually awakens my spirit of ambition and desire of what i would like to do for zambia but only UP UNTIL you start finding an excuse or someone to blame for the state zambia is in. being told that we are just plain simply lazy is true and we shouldnt find someone else to blame…ie. “The past governments failed…” that is the problem right there. don’t rely on Sata or blame KK or Mwanawasa’s governments for the countries failure.Or atleast be decent enough to share the blame with yourself because as an african/zambian to be precise we are all responsible for the country. its not sata’s country alone to ensure its success. its my and your duty to. Do it yourself, you don’t need a government to be involved in a university graduate’s work of inventing a stone crusher! why didnt anyone do it? because chiluba did not come to your class?! thats the problem-laziness and always coming up with excuses and someone to blame.all those past presidents despite their flows, have lived their lives &done whatever they did for Zambia.what have you done personally?? Politics/government is not the end all solution to Africa’s poverty.i dont have to be in government to make a significant contribution.farming, banking, business,etc. i couldnt agree more that its laziness not willing to work hard, luck of dreaming big and to add on to that, luck of determination and perseverance. and for God’s sake stop blaming other people but make our own contributions. spend less time at polo grill and brain storm!kmt.

  54. Manex

    This writeup is not about Africa, or Zambia, but about Nigeria. From the President( a supposed Phd holder), to all of us in the ‘Giant of Africa’. I have been thoroughly humbled by this piece. It sure struck a raw, but true nerve…

  55. King Joe

    The man said it all, africans have a very poor mentality. They don’t dream big, they love stagnance which is the only reason why people are suffering. I wish african leaders can see this message and take correction because they stupidity is affecting their people. They take our money to westerners in the name of banking, the westerners loan it to they own graduates to invent and build things while our graduates are everywhere on the street looking for jobs. When the money is too much them westerners to pay back, send war to us, we fight and kill eachother while they steal our oil, gold, timber and diamond and sale their ammunition to us. The man said it all, its about time we wake up from sleep and take charge. Nobody will do it for us, we are the ones needed for this job.

    1. vienna4u

      Africa doesnt dream big because most of us werent born in situations where we believed we could achieve big…those big achievements were for those other people. A whole lot of historic events have left the common African stigmatised by a low self esteem and lack of ambition. First came the colonialists then the dictators, we never felt like we had the freedom to hold power in our hands. And even now when the situation is changing, it still feels strange to have power in your hands.

      What people like you and me need is first A REVOLUTION and a serious one against our pervesely dysfunctional govts(unless you are Botswanan or from Seychelles)..Lets get rid of all those old croonies and begin to have new leaders based on their leadership merits. Secondly lets mentor all those young people in the villages and slums, let us provide direction by inspiring them to know that they can achieve anything they want and that they are masters of their own destiny. ….Lets educate our youth, and let them grow to be independent thinkers who act based on moral virtues.

      And to fight corruption..(Am going to let you in a secret everyone knows.) I dont know about other european countries but in German speaking countries no one ever checks you for a public transport ticket and whenever they do, 99% of everyone usually has one.) Its an insignificant situation
      but with a significant moral)…we dont have to be under supervision to act on principle . A whole lot of us have lost our moral dignity to corruption and other mauls that affect everyday African life. Yes we need to gain our sheer dignity back..And finally all those leaders we so love to hate are there because we let them be there. If the people act otherwise they ll come crumbling down on their feet and as long as we just talk and do nothing they ll milk us till death do us part…REMEMBER THE POWER IS IN OUR HANDS…And do not Ask what your country can do for you, ..But what you can do for your country

  56. Patrick

    Every body is touched in a certain way, especially those in diaspora!! you have traveled, got exposed to different innovations, but do you ever learn? barely nothing is transferred back in form of skills and knowledge. Shame we should even hide our degrees!!!!!

  57. Chuksy O

    I am totally in shock and speechless. This is the truth and a bitter pill to swallow. The problem is all around us. We all as Africans are the architects of our misfortunes. Everyone knows exactly what to do; unfortunately the status quo will remain the same.

  58. Chuksy O

    I am totally in shock and speechless. This is the truth and a bitter pill to swallow. The problem is all around us. We all as Africans are the architects of our misfortunes. Everyone knows exactly what to do; unfortunately the status quo will remain the same. I am a Nigerian and shame to say; I see this happen everyday. One of the big disappointments in Africa today, is that of oil rich Nigeria. The corruption today pales in comparison the outside world sees. We can stand as one if everyone can say enough is enough. We can sacrifice for country and generations yet unborn.

  59. Okeke Emmanuel

    You’ve just challenged me to “active” thinking…Thanks
    We must change Africa but start with our individual countries..

  60. benjaps

    Walter shoots straight and that’s great! But, as Africans, we should ask ourselves why he (and his IMF, World Bank and Broker ilk) are shepherding us towards their path. Is this the new ploy of their ‘superiority complex’? To lead us to a path they understand well, to encourage us to adopt new systems, latest technology, foreign investment – which they will provide for an unhealthy profit – so that they create for themselves a market outside their saturated ones? New markets where, they siphon, in Walter’s own words 20 times more than they give. Markets created by calling the African intellectuals lazy so they can feel guilty enough to engage in ‘collaborative efforts’ with Walter’s paymasters and, most importantly, can use their positions of influence to popularize the ‘simple stone crushing machines’ among the poor, uneducated Africans.

  61. .....

    WOW!!! I’m a U.S. Based NigErian, in as much as we Africans are one of the most riChest continent in the world due to all our resources, ( or let me say Nigeria).. Helping and how to improve has always been on my mind but we do we begin from? Helping the country is one thing and been scared for your life is another thing…May God save us all and in my Martin Luther King’s voice * I have a dream that someday, we shall stand for what rightfully belongs to Us and do something*.. Instead of letting our degrees and time spent in school be a waste.. Wake UP Motherland because it’s about time… I so wish the leaders will read this article.. They will be mad as hell lol.. The truth is better, but it has to be said.

  62. Saadah Abubakar Uthman

    The truth is bitter, they say. We need to pick up the last shreds of shame and turn over a new leaf. In panteka, Kaduna state of Nigeria, u will see all sorts of innovations. Though crudely made, it is atleast a step to technological know-how. I believe with a little shove, Nigerians can produce almost anything they want. They make local scooters, roller skates, kerosine-ovens and soo much more. It is the lack of resources that is really killing their trade. And some of these local inventors have never even seen the four walls of a classroom. I mean, duh? May God give us Leaders who sincerely care about their citizens and Nigeria. Then the sky will be our limit…..

  63. YEMI

    As much as I don’t agree with the tone I however concur with yhe points noted as against waste of African creativity…the question is way forward! And the answer is, don’t wait for the government to initiate change. Grow a conscience and do wat you can…not just for your country, africa but for humanity…

  64. AFolabi ayomide

    Dis challenge is not just for intellectuals in Zambia but for all intellectuals in Afica! Let us all rise up 2 dis challenge of laziness dat is killing our continent!!!!

  65. Sarah

    At the risk of being labeled the laziest intellectual African scum, let me say this, the above article makes a good read save for the stripping cow! that is such a distraction to the intellectual attention required.
    Two, there is …more to the equation than just that simple intellectual laziness bubble bull… there is a whole system design and timetable that determines things that be! its clear the writer still fell victim to “muzungu said it, it must be gospel truth!”… the author doesn’t engage independent reasoning at anyone given time, its just copy and paste… how ironical! Walter must be laughing at this article if at all he is real…
    Ofcourse im not saying we should sit and do nothing… im just saying the muzungu and the author are offering a very simplistic opinion to a very complex issue without considering all the variables involved. It doesn’t match-up!
    Seeking in-depth understanding is the key to solving any problem.

  66. ugolee Emmanuel

    A sad reality about the reverse motion grip on the continent. I agree that the delima has been institutionalized by an uncaring bunch of rulers over the decades across Africa. I also agree the those with the trained mental potential for change are largely on that “I am content with relatively goodlife my 9-5 provides. I agree that a lot of those with the hunger and will for change are crippled by far from enabling circumstances. All sad but true.
    But I do absolutely disagree that the above captures every group of Africans there are. There is a group enlightened enough to see through the stage managed plight. This group are disgusted by the rot and mentaly up to the task for change. They do what they can not to be selfish about the power they possess by educating fellow Africans and refusing to get on the brain drain train. They are doing amazing stuff here but would not be celebrated by the media.
    If you have ever been a black man in a study class of group in a white mans school, you would laugh uncontrolably at the concept of the white mans mental superiority. Say that to Egypt, the worlds 1st super power and the land of the invention of mathematics and madicine.
    The new awakening in change of governance in Africa would is all we need and trust me that is the approaching man with the light you see.

    1. Fred P.W. Babalanda

      Great challenge. We should stop pointing fingers but need to ask ourselves what we have contributed to Africa. Each one should challenge him/herself what contribution he has made to mother Africa despite all odds. It is good now a couple of us are recognizing the problem at hand and the possible way out of the African problem. Let the revolution start with us and start today. We should use anything in our capacity to change as many people as possible towards the good of the whole of Africa. The change should not be limited theonly the good of our immediate families, because such change will not bring everlasting prosperity to the Continent.

  67. Henry francis

    ”Dey say if u want 2 hid sumtin frm a black man put it inside d book”I feel so bad…..

  68. Benita

    Perhaps if Walter and his kind stops meddlelling in our affairs we will eventually have the opportunity to nurture our ability and potentials. I am not even talking about the stolen black man inventions by the so called white superiors and their biases history An intellectual Black is a threat to the white man. Good he says they FEEL superior, not that they are. The gap is fast closing Walter.

  69. shina

    I am not angry, I am challenged, and my challenge does not end with me, if our past brains have failed us, its time for this generation to stand and take reign.

  70. Pa Santhikie Kanu

    Well put. I can see all his points. You see, I have been back to my native Sierra Leone after more than 20 years in the US. Brought quite a few roadwork and general construction equipment to help rebuild our war torn country but have been met with a series of dis-appointments. For example, contracts are awarded to individuals with no equipment or experience. They end up renting my equipment and knowledge (as Consultants) to do the job. Project implementers have no confidence in the black man, I had an another encounter with an arbitrator who asked why I could not import the materials I needed from an “European” company. I retorted, do you really think Europe still manufacture’s products as they used to? Is it a crime to buy from our local producers, or if the need be, order direct from China or India?
    You see, this colour complex will continue to wreck our societies. We are supposed to trust the white man because he has “more brains than us”, WRONG.
    When one reads “The Radiance of the King”, by Camara Laye, you see a white man, Clarence, flushed with self-importance seeking a job with the King though he possessed no work experience. He was eventually stripped of his remaining possessions (his clothing) and reduced to a baby making slave machine. C. Laye basically tells us that, we are the ones allowing the white man to feel superior as Walter (in this piecet) puts it. If we only work together, we can achieve a lot more because we have capacity to beat White man both in school and the real world.

  71. Charles

    Bam! Too painfully true! Its hight time we woke Africa up! But our leaders too need 2 b proactive with providin the right enviroment 4 implementation of such ideas. The mzungu gloats abt the lazy n poor African man n yet his infrastructure is perfect, they got free medical, Govt support 4 bright innovations etc what does Mwafrika have? Nothin, not even clean drinkin water!

  72. akinsanya adewale

    well, thank God the writter is also a Phd candidate., hope he has also done more than critcize the rest of his kind. Absolutely it’s time we reduce emphasy on certicate and more on cognitive and craftmanship and innovative talent in far.

  73. Sam

    Every single words of Mr Walter were so true that I wonder when will Africans realise the time is. The whole continent can’t boost of any thing our own. I weep for my people

  74. Chris Madu

    Heavy! Personally only Africans can do for Africa. I am tired of all these hunger, wars, disease, and all sort negativities that go on Satelite T.Vs when Africa is in focus. We need to do something fast. Something tangible, not like when a man with a guitar is presented on CNN as an African hero, simply for the spill over effect his music has got abroad. Good, but we need scientists, innovators with evident results working out positively on the life of ordinary Africans in Africa.

  75. Adenike Oyalowo

    Walther’s view so rightly captures the African situation. The average African has a sort of “slavery mentality” which makes him feel automatically inferior to the white man. It’s so bad that we even rush to rubbish a fellow black man’s invention and the smarter white man equally rushes to grab such an inventor. And so while they do all the inventing sometimes with the help of a black man, the Africans do all the consumption. It’s sad really but it’s the truth

  76. Eugenie

    So glad this conversation is happening.
    One of the the major issues we have in Africa is immigration policies that discourage investments in other countries. A Zambian should be able to invest in Kenya, or any other country as he/she sees fit. The East Africa community is moving into the right direction but individual states have to move fast to ease business investment and trade. Until immigration laws are reformed, those who can’t make it in their own home countries will continue to develop other countries except those on the african continent. Rwanda is one interesting market to watch. Its prosperity is largely due a diversity of ideas from people coming from a variety of backgrounds, and a level of patriotism that sprang of the fact that the country was abandoned by the world in 1994. People have the “can-do it” attitude and are creative in their approach to business. The country also benefited from many reforms that have taken place in the last 15 years. We are not out of the woods yet, but people have seen change and are eager to change the ways business is done in developing nations.
    Another major issue we have in Africa is the lack of political stability. each leader who takes power can overturn previous policies. This lack of stability makes it hard for someone to make long term investments.

    Glad to hear Walter’s truth about us, hopefully we can all have a paradigm shift and make change.

  77. Humphreys

    So after such a good article you still ended by showing your accomplishments instead of learning from the article itself?

  78. edima

    What stops us Africans from working hard, inventing machines and achieveing scientific feats? I’ll tell you what: Not the Govt. who is technologically unaware, Not at all. For same govt. fills its presidential villas with every state-of-the-art imaginable, and where unimagined, offers our stolen and hoarded tax for it, blowing even the brains of the White man off with the challenge and task of providing for greedy thieves what their fat-by-rape pockets have inspired. It is the GREEDY GOVT. that thinks first of its pockets and last of its people. The same govt. that will wholeheartedly swallow up our creative ideas by selling them off to the highest-bidding white skinner and leave us groping in the dark.
    We cannot wait for the govt. to change, we have to change the govt. and hope it is not a simple case of ‘new wine in old skin’.
    I have seen great African Drs, Engrs, Scientists, etc. that would rather themselves pen down great ideas and sell them off to the White man at the highest bid, or offer to slave away for him for almost nothing more than a hand-to-mouth guarantee, (except for a fortunate handful) than have their brain- and hardwork ripped to shreds literally by their very own Govt.
    Do I blame them? NO. Am I one of them? I hope not. But everyday I lean further towards the latter possibility. I have to consciously remind myself that White man may teach me what he knows, but I have to exceed his at best limited knowledge …
    That is the sad truth.

    Edima

  79. Emmanuel

    Hmmm, This is neither my first time of hearing a discussion in this lite nor reading such and seeing people comment here and there.
    Am sure in a few days time everyone will forget this and go back to status quo.
    We all need to start acting and not just read, talk and forget otherwise nothing will change.

    I believe in Africa, we do not only need to start thinking right, but to start acting right. We need to stand up and pay the price for true freedom in Africa.
    Our independence is short lived the day we got it because we stopped acting.
    The farther we are from the date of independence the more dependent we are. I remembered my father’s stories as a kid that the country was better.
    Our progress is two step forward and four step backward, is that truly progress or just creating movement and activities that takes us backward.

    I will propose we’all both at home in Africa and diaspora start an African wide mission called “Support Change In Africa” with local entity in each country e.g
    “Support Change in Zambia”,
    “Support Change in Ghana”,
    “Support Change in Namibia”,
    “Support Change in Nigeria”,
    “Support Change in Congo”,
    “Support Change in Sudan”,
    “Support Change in Togo,
    “Support Change in Cameroon”, etc.

    We ‘ll must come together, we’ ll must be a change agent in our respective corners.
    Thank you Malaka and all.

  80. Ebi Bonnie

    If you could go back a 100 years in a so called third world country the development and modernization wouldn’t be far from what is present now in Africa. The only difference is back then you could buy and/or take what ever knowledge you require as long as you have the ability and or money to acquire it; Back then you were allowed to grow and their were lesser secrets. All Africa require is to be allowed to grow without interference… Afterall these first world came looking for Africa and what they could get from it from the inception, so what’s all this noise about being first world when one stays ahead due to borrowed or stolen ideas;-)

  81. mbanugo patrick

    its the most shocking revelation I have ever heard. Its a moment of truth for africans in diaspora. We must not just read this and drop couple of bluffs after doing so. We can’t just sit on one spot and be dreamers we gotta be doers too. If you can’t act on it or influence a change, pls send it to someone and ask the reciepient to send it to someone. Perhaps it will reach the people who could. We gotta stand up and do something and stop putting the blame on dead politicians.

  82. Ezeh

    Well written Mr Ruwe!
    No one can make us feel inferior without our consent. For far too long Africans have consented and submitted to being lazy and inferior! Its time for all of us to wake up and take charge. There is no better time for change progress and development than right now!!!

  83. Wemola

    I just feel our governments do not give room for inventions and creativity. Do you know how many inventions and dreams had been wasted by insensitivity of many African governments and corruption? Look at the education system at grass root. our children are not motivated or thought to be creative with their minds and hands unlike their counterparts in the developed world. So what do you expect for future Africa? I believe corruption, selfishness, insincerity, greediness has eaten deep into Africa and this has blurred our minds. The white man has hit the nail on the head and it is time the government encourage and promote creative minds and inventions and stop busy looting our God given resources. We must arise Africa, We must Arise for our future generations.

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  85. Daniel Waweru

    Astonishingly stupid piece. I wouldn’t have been surprised had the byline said ‘Ewart Grogan’. Even amid the nonsense, this part is exceptional:

    Knowing well that King Cobra will not embody innovation at Walter’s level let’s begin to look for a technologically active-positive leader who can succeed him after a term or two. That way we can make our own stone crushers, water filters, water pumps, razor blades, and harvesters. Let’s dream big and make tractors, cars, and planes, or, like Walter said, forever remain inferior.

    since it fully accepts the colonial premiss that the human value of people depends on their level of technological advancement. The author proves his point about African intellectuals, if not in quite the way he expects.

    1. malkia

      I agree with you Daniel.

      As Africans, we must STOP using the West and their advancements as yardsticks of our OWN civilization. Let us create and think of ways that are uniquely African.

      1. Sky

        I totally agree! Benchmarking Africa to the west is equally dangerous and wrong. The author wants us to believe that all is well in the Western World. If we are to list the odds, inadequancies and evils the list will b endless and alarming. Some of the drivers for innovation in the Western World are circumstantial, including greed and need to control. If the world and it’s people we’re all the same & equal – this world I am sure will be a boring place. All the negative words used to define Africa in the authors perspective are relative. For instance POVERTY is a mind thing. If Africans decide that it’s time to remove the leaders they don’t want – they will definitely do it & they have done it where it was NECESARY.
        If there are few hard working and innovative Africans – doing it for the rest of Africans let it be. If its time for Africans to be innovative – Africans have all it takes to do it. Leave Africa alone nature will take its own course.

    2. Eugene Nzeribe

      Daniel & Malkia, what I get from this whole piece is that we Africans are sitting on wealth that if properly applied, would make life better for our people if our political leaders were competent even in our traditional “African way”. Our African children who received western education in the last 60 years have collectively failed to use their education and talents to build a better world for the millions of very impoverished Africans that I am sure you see in your villages and slums of Nairobi, etc. Yes, in the world we live in today, technological development is one important factor in achieving human progress. There are others. It is not a colonial premise but common sense. — Eugene

  86. Sammie

    Most of us on this forum, we are those “so called intellectuals” hawking PhDs allover the world. Its time we get back to Africa and put what we learnt into practice. I am personally challenged.
    For God and my Country, Uganda

  87. Ben Kalokoni

    It is usually the mind of the intellectual to believe they see better than those below them. Once I was watching an episode of The Big Bang Theory in which a group of nerds was travelling in a car. Along the way the car developed a fault and when one of the group asked if any of the others knew anything about a petrol engine everybody else rose up with several words about what theory covers what and what pushes what to generate what. After all this, the next and simple question was, “Does anyone know how to fix a broken engine?” and no one could answer. Here now is the thing, some things are easier said than done. Yes, rise up! Make something! Invent something! How about a machine to store electric energy, seeing how we produce the same amount of energy during peak but have no way of storing the excess produced during off-peak hours? How about bio-fuels, and engines away from the Carnot cycle and all? What of solar energy and the great amount of it we have in the subtropics? These dreams big enough? We dream, we pray, some drink, unlike others that run off to the diaspora, like this author, an economic refugee, and we are getting somewhere. It ain’t easy because the white keeps pushing us down but we are like that rock in a certain African adage that beats the river by been still.
    How about that for positive thinking?

  88. David Tumwesigye

    The Bwana couldn’t be more precise! We need some really serious shifts ( of tsunami proportions ) in mindset to move ourselves forward and start the process of earning our place on earth! We need more Visionary and pragmatic leaders not opportunistic politicians and it’s begins with us, in each of our own lives. I start now

  89. Ayo

    I’m from nigeria but i loved every word…this is great! I’m touched…i hope we can all change our mindset and make an impact in our respective countries. I have a passion for ’empowering’ those around me. I pray we make a decision to impact someone somewhere somehow in Africa!

    Ayo

  90. udusegbe omoefe

    This experience is truly African, with a few exceptions. We need to copy and paste technology without re-inventing the wheel. This has not been posible, because corruption and greed has become second nature to African leaders and the typical family setting encourages it all due to poverty and squallor. Let us make a change, start with the “man in the mirror” start with YOU!

  91. Ohanwe Obioma

    Hmmmm what a piece. I can’t but weep for my dear country Nigeria and my continent in general. May God help us!

  92. Obasi Julius

    I am so challenged by this post. The Mr Walter instead of being reproved for his hash choice of words should be commended. African leaders have failed. Our leaders are greedy , selfcentered and corrupt margots fit for d firing squad. They only specialise in looting our treasury and hide them in foreign accounts for them people who enslaved our fore father and aligned us on the path of poverty and misery to keep developing their land. What a shame. Our intellectuals are bunch of educated illitrates. This is a wake up call and I can only say to Mr Walter thank you for this wake up call and to the writer God bless you for this good work. May God bless Africa

  93. a70667

    I’ve been thinking of writing a piece titled: The Comfort Zone of the African Intellectual … this piece just upstaged me. It says everything I wanted to say.

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  95. Munachim O. Matthew Nwoba

    How I wish this message will reach all over Nigeria and Africa at large, also for those who hear it to put them in use. This is a lesson for us all!

  96. Kamau the Kenyan Patriot

    Thank you for penning down what I have never been able to articulate.There is no shortcut to development but hard work.

  97. bayo alimi

    Thank you fo this mind opening scripts!wish to have a chat with you on your maybe a private mail!

    Regards
    Alimi bayo

  98. bayo alimi

    Thank you fo this mind opening scripts!wish to have a chat with you on your private mail!.
    Regards
    Alimi bayo

  99. Tarila

    This is an amazing piece. I take not offense at Walters harsh words although the truth hurts. And sadly, his analysis is not unique to Zambia; Most African nations are guilty of all that he said. And it is so shameful to see these countries blessed with so much resources and human capability perform at despicable levels. Recently, I read an excerpt from Lord Lugard’s book ‘The Dual Mandate’; a book written in 1926. Sadly his assessment of the African man and the African state of affairs holds true 86 years later! Here is what Lord Frederick Lugard had to say:

    “In character and temperament, the typical African of this race-type is a happy, thriftless, excitable person. Lacking in self-control, discipline, and foresight. Naturally courageous, and naturally courteous and polite, full of personal vanity, with little sense of veracity, fond of music and loving weapons as an oriental loves jewelry. His thoughts are concentrated on the events and feelings of the moment, and he suffers little from the apprehension for the future, or grief for the past. His mind is far nearer to the animal world than that of the European or Asiatic, and exhibits something of the animals’ placidity and want of desire to rise beyond the State he has reached. Through the ages the African appears to have evolved no organized religious creed, and though some tribes appear to believe in a deity, the religious sense seldom rises above pantheistic animalism and seems more often to take the form of a vague dread of the supernatural”

     “He lacks the power of organization, and is conspicuously deficient in the management and control alike of men or business. He loves the display of power, but fails to realize its responsibility… he will work hard with a less incentive than most races. He has the courage of the fighting animal, an instinct rather than a moral virtue… In brief, the virtues and defects of this race-type are those of attractive children, whose confidence when it is won is given ungrudgingly as to an older and wiser superior and without envy…Perhaps the two traits which have impressed me as those most characteristic of the African native are his lack of apprehension and his lack of ability to visualize the future.”

    —Lord Frederick John Dealty Lugard, The Dual Mandate, pg.70 (1926)

    1. Eugene Nzeribe

      Dear Tarila , what Lord Lugard said in his book is not very different from the type of assessment I would make of a common man or woman on the streets of New York or London today. It depends on your perspective. – Eugene

  100. emmanuel

    This is factual! Although a bitter pile that must be swallowed by everyone who sees a future in Africa. Unfortunately, all of us pay lip service to creativity, innovation & productivity. Let us start from our little corner and stop passing bulk to issues around us. I see a great future in Africa!

  101. eva

    Its so true, even my pastor has preached the same thing.so touchly,we africans can do more then we think,we should never give up,africa is a great nation and its highly blessed by God.

  102. Richard Chilee

    Our friend walter has spoken to all africans, not just to the intellectuals.let’s stop blaming the politicians and their sick policies, they are not our problem. Our problem is us. Its high time we stood up and ask ourselves the very big question “what will I do for my country?” Wherever you are in africa, you are a microcosm of the larger society! Being schooled alone will not take us away from this quagmire which our plenty ignorance have placed us, we need to cultivate the attitude of responsibilty, intelligence, courage and honesty. Arming ourselves with these, we can be who we want to be, build what we want to build whether its a stone crusher or an aeroplane. We are all princes and princesses and only if we think and act like one, whatever we want in life will be deposited at our disposal.

  103. segun

    who ever wrote this remains blessed.teach this in primary and secondary schools and at the university level we will have liberated minds.
    We live by a structure built by the whites and we go to school acquire degrees and enter the dogma designed to limit our free thinking and creativity,By occupying our thoughts with a 8-5 job which will never allow ♏ε̲ and you to set our minds free from the ancient slavery i call ignorance that continues to modernise itself in our thoughts.
    educated africans be brave and set africa free of poverty!

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  105. Law

    What a story. And every bit of it is true! We don’t help ourselves instead we do our best to fight against each other (brothers and sisters) in some cases I noticed that the African mentality is one that says “if I can’t have what you have, then none of us should benefit”

    We have not helped our case by allowing other foreign countries like China to exploit our resources.

    For a continent that places so much emphasis on education, it’s a big shame that we have nothing to show for all our learnings. And it’s a bigger shame that we have so much wasted talent out there with no ambition or drive to get up and change things.

    But what do you expect. A lot of our brothers and sisters rely heavily on people from abroad for financial support. In most cases we naturally give financial support to a lot of families back home. Maybe this is something we all have to review. Just like our families Africa is still dependent on other countries. At the age of 50 Africa still has not figured out how to walk let alone talk.

  106. gdanny

    Sounds interesting but short on way forward. Where in Africa are things working for the better? I need to re-locate to another part of Africa that is corrupt free. Where my innovations will be supported or respected. Otherwise I so tired of dreaming big only to be frustrated by every African I see, especially those in leadership at all levels.

  107. Adesina omoniyi

    Untill we have leaders that has no investment in oversease, hold our cultureto high esteem, believe in what you can give and not in certificate, give all africans millitary training,if we dont do all these we will forever remain inferior

  108. Ann

    Nobody ‘solves his own problems’, not even the arrogant twat you met on the plane that told you all this nonsense. Telling someone you feel superior to them and they are inferior to even the blah blah sweeping the street makes you arrogant and racist. First you need pride around many westerners otherwise they will crush you and your country. second you need to learn some history and news. Ask this arrogant twat a question or two about a major challenge his country or city has faced in the past year and watch him recline into his chair/shell like a cold snail. Third you need to learn some serious answers. Eight years in the states and I’ve heard it all. Everyone wants to convince you that you are worse off than they are, and it’s up to you to respond strongly otherwise we will continue to be fodder for twats’ jokes. Oh, and he has no conscience.

  109. amsayaro

    Reblogged this on amsayaro and commented:
    I got the chance to read this and of course, I had to reblog it. It’s very hard truth but its the bitters we need to get our thoughts aligned to the right thinking…

  110. Chinedu Irozuru

    I have two wards to say BUll SHIT. Perhaps Mr Walter suddenly forgot it was his kind that encourages African leaders to promote brain drain. Just like he rightly said, there is nothing wrong With the black RACe the only problem is the environment Or should I say the sistem. Do a research on inventions made by blacks and u might be shocked. And incase you have forgotten one of the worlds super power is be ruled by a black. This means there is absolutely nothing wrong with our human resources. The problem is the sistem which was originally programmed to be dependent on the western world. If any one tries to change the programme he will be labelled an enemy or a threat to peace. He will be replaced by a poppet in a matter of time. I have to admit I am very disappointed by the response I am seeing here can’t u people open your eyes? I am a Nigerian and in nigeria for instance I did see a man who developed a cure for HIV and I watched the government shut down his efforts. His name is Dr. Abalaka. Any reasonable person will ask, why the Nigerian government frustrate the efforts of such an asset. By now you should know the reason. I have also seen and heard of similar cases of geniuses that have been brain drained by the government. Listen the only reason they had the privilege to programme our sistem is because their cannons were More powerful than our spears and arrows. And one could ask why our forefathers allowed themselves to be backwards in weaponry, well I cannot tell you. But I can tell you one thing for sure. The Africans are not greedy. They were content with what they had. They didn’t have need to capture and conquer in a bid to expand their territory like the Europeans. If they did, its only logical that they would have advanced in weaponry and might have possibly resisted the curruption and under development seed that was planted by the western world. Once a again I am highly disappointed by the comments I am reading here you Africans are really programmed to fall for anything that seems western. I mean if it wasn’t for Walter you all probably wouldn’t have fallen for the trick behind the story. Africa has been entangled in a western web. it has also been fertilised with the dependency Poison. Today it is confused as she does not know her left from her right. She must go back in time so as to understand Herself better then use every possible medium to achieve complete self sustenance in every given aspect of life. Including technology offcourse. After this is achieved she will naturally begin to dominate and who knows maybe someday super dominate. This must be done quickly before she completely looses her culture. For there is no development without culture. And this could only begin when she begins to have several leaders that are both African oriented As well As anti western. Irrespective of the sistem of government. Democracy= millitry

    1. ajibike

      Finally someone with a brain, I’ve been so irritated with the comments agreeing to what this “white man” has said about africans

    2. Luwani

      I agree with Chinedu’s point …
      This thing is not new, we know the problems and we know the solutions but we will not solve them when we can’t trust one another….there are a lot of Africans who’re doing their best within the perilous systems and attitudes if you can imagine……
      I pray this Mr Walter guy taking advantage of the broken system repent and change from his ways.

    3. nena

      Sir. I do remember that the cure for AID was found in Nigeria a few years back but never heard anything about it till you mentioned it.
      Still don’t understand fully why the Government would frustrate that sort of effort. I cαη only guess that there are some higher powers that they listen to.
      Sir. You & Walter speak the Truth.
      What i’ve learnt from you both is to keep fighting until Africa is Noticed & Heard.
      It may take a while, but it’ll payoff in the long run.
      I sincerely hope this gets African thinking of Positive Changes.

  111. Joseph Nkemontoh

    Interesting and thought provoking dialogue; Not that the substance of it is new. Albeit, a reminder that the strong feed on the week, unless the week band together for self protection. The African continent and its resources are at the mercy of the so called first world, to pillage/rape at will, till owners learn how to stand up and hold back while learning to use the means of the “west” to improve and advance rather than help loot and store or circulate their resources, be they intellectual or financial in Western countries. In Chiek Hamidu Khan’s “L’aventure Ambigue” the wise elder advises his village people to allow their kids to go to the “white man’s school” so they may learn how so small a number of them were able to defeat us and take our land; Then someday, the kids would be able to use those same methods to regain our lands. Other colonized peoples have arrived at this point. (Heard of Chinese/Asian pirating, smuggling files or Iranian, korean attempts to go nuclear?.) Who do you think this is a problem for?. Unfortunately, for one reason or other most Africans have learned but not yet able to transfer and innovate the learning for to improved and free Africa as quickly as others. Good reminder to keep working together rather than being hanged separately with our great learning.

  112. aisha

    This is so true. Africans r only good @ consuming, not @ inventing. I hope all that would change soon.

  113. babatunde

    This is a very powerful piece. Very touching…it is indeed a challenge and clarion call to African intellectuals to find means and ways of lifting this continent from the abyss of underdevelopment.

  114. victor

    This is so true,as Africans we travel & occupy foreign lands,we study & work in industries oversee with most of us having d opportunities of studying d blue-prints of production or manufacturing such end products in those industries but we never think about returning home to introduce our skills or educate & share our knowledge with our people.
    I won’t completely blame d govt of our various countries;we share most of d blames,because we can start by implementing d little we can in our environments;we can try make a move by drawing up master plans &tenders as a demonstration of our commitments;d problem with us Africans in general is that only a few are willing to take calculated risk & simply put;without Venture,No success.
    Pls I would appreciate it if u can email me this piece to d above email address.

  115. Kwame Simpeh Junior

    I believe this is a positive article yet again reminding us of what stares us in the face. I say enough of the commentary and acknowledging what we all know is the problem and start pragmatic steps to solve them. Infact just as you finish reading, I would admonish to start right away in your little corner you find yourself and put to use the intellect you have acquired and not to like or post a comment admission and go surfing other irrelevant sites.The action time is now,yes this very second of the minute!

  116. Kwame Simpeh Junior

    I believe this is a positive article, yet again reminding us of what stares us in the face. I say enough of the commentary and acknowledment of what we all know is the problem and start pragmatic steps to solve them. Infact just as you finish reading, I would admonish you, to start right away in your little corner you find yourself and put to use the intellect you have acquired and not to like or post a comment in admission and go surfing other irrelevant sites.The action time is now,yes this very second of the minute!

  117. Eugene Nzeribe

    The origin of the story (below) does not matter to me. It tells it as it is. The statements that has been attributed to the real or fictitious Walter, is addressed to all Africans but more particularly those of us in Diaspora. I have always believed that Africa can never gain the respect of the white man until one African country can compete squarely economically, with a white developed country. As long as our sub-Sahara African leaders continue to answer “yes Sir” to white Presidents and Prime-Ministers, we will continue to be of no consequence and all of our people, including YOU in Diaspora, will continue to be 2nd class human being, despite what our DNA says. I have said several times before that I have no doubt that the collective intelligence of Africans in Diaspora is fully capable, to within a short period of time, lift African science, technology and manufacturing up to par with the developed world. Walter has just pointed it out to us so vividly. Those of us overseas have unique opportunities to build Africa up with intelligence that already exist world-wide. My small NGO (ICAfrica) gives refundable micro-loans to hardworking but impoverished women entrepreneurs in Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and Kenya, resulting in huge improvements in the living conditions of their families. This is not rocket science and many of us could put our heads together to expand such ideas to empower the other 700 million Africans living on less than $1 a day.
    We must stop blaming our government leaders in Africa and find smart methods (as educated people) to defeat the poor performers and overcome this “cancer” that has been eating away Africa since independence in the 60’s. There should be no excuses. I can’t understand why a few of us in Diaspora cannot sit down together and plan on how to put a good government in Nigeria or in Zambia. What are we afraid of?. Our children and future generations will continue to be “slaves” unless we wake up NOW.
    Eugene Nzeribe
    Development Consultant, Ottawa

  118. ajibike

    I think you allowed that white man “brainwash” into thinking that all africans are lazy.
    Personally speaking, I have never felt inferior to anyone based on just on their race alone, and I think by letting that white man talk to you the way he did you must have felt inferior to him.
    I mean let’s say he did have a point ( which I don’t think he did) he could have been more diplomatic about the way he said it.
    And also about him going to “scam” the president of Zambia (or whatever country) I don’t believe he said it so proudly, and every where people talk about scammers they are quick to call out Nigerian scammers. BAER!

  119. ayodeji onaeko

    leaders who are not proactive,who cannot turn a nation into a manufacturing economy, who is not innovative is not fit for governance. we must resst most western economy formulars. they are killers. africa youth and pple arise ARISE ARISE YOU SLEEPING GIANT.

  120. Iphy Okonkwo

    Hmmmm. This truth comes hard and stirs me up. The elitist Africans must begin to think of the way forward because our development has rather been very slow. The reason is both the masses and the leaders are selfish since each person thinks on how to enrich himself and his family. When I read from ‘Third world to first world’ by Lee Kuan Yew and know that African leaders can transform their countries if they really want.

  121. Chacha

    We live in a place where creativity is seen to be unnecessary. Creativity isn’t just in the arts. Even an accountant can be creative. We survive on the creativity of others and that’s why we are poor. We are not creators. Just implementers. Change of attitude is required!

  122. James

    Africa’s problems are rooted in the spiritual. There is so much evil in the land. The evil powers inherent and practised amongst most African groups are the primary cause of their backwardness. This evil tendencies are synonymous with a scale on the eyes. It covers or blinds and prevents or keeps that which is good from the land. This is a factor I hardly hear about in any discuss concerning Africa.

    There are many Africans who could get things done who because they fear for their lives, and rightly so, keep very far away from Africa. Africa is a land that kills the good ones among them. Any one who is not part of the evil institutions in Africa will not live long enough to accomplish anything. If he must achieve, he must do so in a foreign land. If he must help Africa, he must do so from a distance. He cannot afford to do otherwise. Because within Africa are forces of darkness that hinder progress and development.

    There is so much wickedness among Africans particularly towards each other. It is for this reason that Africans cannot organise themselves for a good cause. There are so many places of worship; but even in these places of worship so much evil is going on. Having experienced this first hand, I have come to the conclusion that the only hope for Africa is God. I say this because I know with Him (God) nothing is impossible.

  123. dorothie

    Wow I remain speechless as to thinking av always said we zambians are lazy but I refered my statement to work now I see more indepth to our laziness. Total shame. Hope we change for the better. Thanks for sharing this article with us.

  124. Martin

    The Great Tragedy of Africa: We Don’t consume our produce & We don’t Produce what we Consume.
    Sadly am one of those with a decent 8-5 and a wall full of degrees..(*shaking my head)..i believe true change is internal…challenge accepted.

  125. Malilisho

    Why do Zambian engineers have to get the stick? What about Zambian Journalists who have perpetuated mediocre leaders and governments by writing so many untruths. The last election in Zambia showed what irrresponsible journalism can do to perpetuate bad leadership. I graduated in 1997 and promptly returned to Zambia. I struggled to change the mindset of my colleagues in the civil service and showed them that we could be the change by demanding better working environments, tools and by being innovative. The trend was to copy what had been done previuosly rather than draft a new document. I said to them that the people who came before us had innovated and we could do the same. When I left after 8 years, I was glad to see that some of my ideas where implemented as a way of retaining and attracting young graduates. Sadly I was the last to be trained abroad. In those 8 years on a Civil Servants salary was truly a vow of poverty and when I got my first private sector job my salary went up 9 x overnight. I bought my own car and gave up the family van I was borrowing. What also pains me, is the levels of corruption. Intellectuals have presided over the worst plunder of public money and resources. Trucks are bought for ferrying building materials to private properties at weekends. Land is hoarded and resold by Local Authority workers. Prices are inflated by corrupt public (and/ or procurement) officers and the difference between profit + bribe shared with these same officers. We are no longer selfless. Corruption is stealing from futire generations.When Engineers where busy telling politicians that roads could be patched, they were ignored. Instead the politicans bought themselves off road vehicles to drive on the potholed roads. Now the road which could have been repaired at a fraction of the cost is being rebuilt at exhorbitant prices, with huge bribes going back to the myopic politicians. Is it really the intellectuals lack of capacity to become politicans? All those british prime ministers except for a few like John Major are Ox-bridge graduates. Its time education was used for its intended purpose and that is to liberate our thinking and to train us that with enough training, we can change the world we live in.

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  127. Gilbert Asare Osei Bonsu

    Pew!…wen a flower sprouts,its beauty,elegance,fragrance spreads thru where it stnds,so is this story…Africa Must Wake Up…it IS as WALTER said,TRUE we act still as SLAVES in the WHITEMANS country cos some BISCUITS,so much efforts to please HIM..the RAINS r hittin hard on us buhh i BELIEVE my GENERATION thru GOD will UNVEIL the SUN so we feel the SHADE…LORD,luvs the WHITE n BLACK all..its NEVER too LATE for us..remove the WEEDS so the HARVEST can be BUMPER…LORD,be our sheperd n lead us as we CHANGE our CONTINENT for the BETTER.

  128. chimba

    I just hope many Africans see this am one of them with a degree at 21 and a diploma in computer science but just sitting at home blamin society for not employing me when I can be my own employer

  129. IamVW

    Hits the nail on the head. Great post…Africa as a whole is failing on many fronts, not just the political…education systems and delivery…and the greatest of all, corruption. Corruption corrodes.

  130. abdullah abdul

    What a statement of fact! This has actually struck a sensitive nerve in me. Where are we really channeling our intelligence to? The sooner we wake up from our slumber the better for the whole continent and the world at large

  131. mmnjug

    The day we shall stop being afraid of thinking, that is the day that we shall make a turning point, till then, our goose is and shall remain cooked.

  132. Bobo

    Walter (the white guy) sees a problem with Africa, and he himself is also a problem, taking pride in taking advantage of Africans

  133. chinwe

    This is definitely an eye opener,we Africans have to stop having myopic view of ourselve.we look up to d westerners but ironically this people survive by what is inbeded in our own land.I think its time we start acting and behavin like d champions we are.

  134. Abmalik (@abmalik49)

    This is halluncinatingly true, believe it or not, that is what we are LAZY, lacking innovation, ideas, wallowing away in the bars and arguing away knowledges earned with our nations resources.

    However, hard Walter may had been on Field, the truth from those conversations cannot be concealed under the toughest cloak, because, the IMF and World Bank had deceived us time without number in Africa because of the GREED of office holders. If Malaysia could forego the loan offered from World Bank in the heat of the Asia Recession to emerge a regional power and eventually a world player to be reckoned with, I bet you with our intellectuals and Eggheads, we’ll do better.

    I’m reblogging this at http://abmalik49-wecanbebetter.blogspot.com/

    Thank you for this interesting but truthful piece. The time to wake up and reclaim our collective will and destiny is now. Nigeria can and would be a better place for my Children and grand-children if I start now.

    1. Kola

      Nothing to do with leaders, read history, it’s only when people come out as a collective to fight for a better life that they will get it. Most Africans are so brainwashed by religion that they refuse to face their issues directly instead clinging on some “miracle” hapening for them

  135. Leke

    This is really sad but extremely true. Y don’t we dream big? ThosE of us in Africa that even dare to do So are cast aside ãήϑ thought of as strange. But this is a clarion call. Stand up Africans, stand up Nigerians ãήϑ let’s make our lives better.

  136. Ronke

    Hmmmmm,very pathetic and very touchy. My prayer is that we d youths,d acclaimed leaders of tomorrow will rise up 2 our responsibilities.

  137. peter

    who is this guy? Your problem was revealed to you and immediately you blame it on someone else. When will we begin to take responsibility as individuals knowing we are solely responsible. Thats when d change will come, a change of government without changing d people (intellectuals and elites esp.) will never give us d change we want.

  138. Bankole Allibay BPM

    I have been in Zambia, I look strainght into the streets and locations mentions and balls of tears roll down my cheeks! I was stabbed in the head for my mobile phone in Kalingalinga along Alick Nkata! A strong sign of poverty and self condemnation leading to resignation and crime!
    I am Nigerian, a Development Consultant based in the UK. All the ideas I generate for development in Africa are kept in the shelves and due to non-implementation, they die in the shelves, time past!
    I weep for Africa! Travelling around the world, the same question hangs on my chest: what can you do to improve home? But at every attempt, I have been proven wrong by the idiotic leadership and extremely narrow minded, mentally impoverished leadership that rules accross Africa!!! What a shame! I think we need a United Thinking Front for Africa, to think a way out of this doldrum! If we tarry, I see a total crashland.

    1. Malilisho

      on behalf of Zambians and residents of Kalingalinga, I apologise for your attack. Some one should have warned you on which areas you could walk at night. The night life in Kalingalinga can be alluring for thos who like that sort of thing, but you are best guided through there by a resident. I even avoid driving through there if i can.

  139. chima chamberline anyaoha

    Is only a fool that will debate about what can be right in his wrong before he admits that he is wrong overall….Let us all good people from a great nation Nigerian, no matter your religion or ethnicity pray to God, to guide, protect & lead our country & our leaders thru Christ our Lord, Amen!

  140. kagonya

    Harsh but true words. However, I appreciate the effect of this article. Very rarely do I come across a blogpost that gets Africans from all over in conversation. If we let the impact of these words inspire us, YOU and I can do good in our own countries. Go Africa!

  141. Charlo-Nairobi

    This is great creativity by the Zambian media practioner..good to know there are other african minds who think likewise..its high time Africa found solutions to its economic and developement problems..that Kenya n S.Korea were at the same economic level in the 60s n now S.Korea is striding towards 1st World while Kenya is still 3rd despite its economic and human resources endowment is beyond me..on the contrary there are many african minds which “Dream big“ but are undermined by political impunity..perhaps our biggest tragedy was having small minded incompöops get into political office in our formative years or that our great great grandfathers were born in land of plenty with rich fertile climates thus were rather too comfortable..if only there was a way this words in this article could trickle to every african mind especialy those in positions of power..

    1. Agal-Wanga

      Charlo:
      Please as a kenyan let us get OVER that comparison of Kenya being at par with S,Korea them days. It has past its sell-by-date. Reality is that, the middleclass have decided they are too good to mix with the plebeian who make up the majority of the voters. They are so busy scrambling for a piece of the “Nairobi Dream” read Rav 4/SUV (the larger the better), House in the right surburb and all that, that they could hardly care whats going on in the rest of the country, let alone to the mama mboga (veggie seller) they buy their greens from. If the middle class intellectuals would actually get off their high horse and spend less time pontificating whilst getting drunk in the local country clubs, ESPECIALLY the Nairobi club, United Kenya club and you can name all the rest, Kenya would be a much better place. Remember, the welfare states came into being BECAUSE of, NOT inspite of the coalition of classes. We have to get the BASICS right before we can power on considering we are a capitalist country. That Mzungu was spot on when he said that the poor African is damn hard working. We can all agree with that. But what do the intellectuals spend their time doing? The mzungu has said it all. You should hear them in the clubs. NKT!(loud click of tongue). Despite being middleclass myself, doing penance by living with my grandma in a mud hut after having being expelled from a high cost school taught me what matters in society. One needs to be inclusive in ones policies as well as arguments.

  142. Afrikan Eye

    Fundamentally disagree with this piece of yet more Africa bashing!It is as though no African so called ‘intelligentsia’ are working hard to figure out solutions for Africa! Typical over-simplification of a complex situation. And yet we Africans will accept when yet another person tells us we’re shit…self-hatred much?

  143. Afrikan Eye

    This isn’t even insightful…Ngugi Wa’Thiongo was on this ages ago…I’m done with the Africa bashing…We’re not even critiquing this piece…everyone seems to jumping on the bandwagon of approving what are basically ideas we’ve heard for eons.

  144. Justin Ede

    This is extremely correct and unfortunately, it applies to all African countries and citizens of Africa.. It’s time to rise up to the challenge. The white man has just one head & so do we, it’s time for us to think and create the future the world will envy… I refuse to be lazy, I am not inferior to anybody, I am Black, I am strong & I am Proud…

  145. Tionge Simbeye

    Its truly an article every zambian chid should as they growth to higher institutions of learning. I believe the indoctrination of ideologies and revolution of change in our perceptions and our commitment for development “done by us,for us” should be done starting now!!! Our future generation needs this. I need this! Am impressed the many comments from my fellow africans, most I believe are in a young vibrant age group. Let us arrise to this soul piercing challange today!!

  146. Mauri Yambo

    An archaeo-/neuro-Fanonist slant on Africa that misses, by a wide margin, the big, big picture — of a continent newly emergent and newly self-confident. Still, worth a patient, thick-skinned read.

    Don’t miss the boat. Come back soon.

  147. iliyasu

    this is a hard but most conspicouos truth which should bother us all. no one is willing to innovate, creativity is never welcomed and to worsen matters, leadership has been hijacked by a cabal of dictators who never dream of giving back to the people and society that made them – its a pity (Africa)

  148. sAnmi O

    Walter was absolutely correct, africa is so structured that intellectuals are forced to take the bAck seAt, and I know its not out of choice. Our callibre of leaders are people who do not grasp the dynAmics of an ever changing world. But I believe a dAy will come when the ‘Walters’ of this world would eat their words.

  149. nena

    Walter spoke the truth even if it seemed harsh. We really do need to “WAKE UP”.
    That’s what this is. A WAKE UP CALL!!
    Africa is Blessed.
    She needs to produce human exports
    (in music, science & technology, fashion) to the world at large.
    An opportunity that ωoη’т pass me by that’s for sure.

  150. amwiru

    this is truth but it still puts mzungu on a superior position, again giving them exactly what they want.its until when we start looking into ourselves and trusting each other,no matter how bad the circumstances in all levels are,shall we build the unity desparately needed for the take off off poverty. most of the times the problem does not from the african elites but rather from the old rigid minded generation in leadership positions be it entertainmanet or political.its until when we stop trusting in mzungu and believe in each other and our own strengths!!

  151. Adeto

    Africa simply needs an independent mentality that has the strength to pay the price and carry the burden of freedom. We need to be able to embrace development and its travail. This means we must be ready to offend many international benefactors, we must be ready to suffer the lack of the bait they send to us as aids, we must deprive ourselves of those luxuries that tie us to our slave masters we must be ready to go thru the labor pain of birthing our own home grown technology. We must make our education and scholastic curriculum agree and relevant to our needs in every area of life. Our governments must create the enambling environment to scientists and not just business men in execution of developmental projects. By all means corruption must be fought and send out of the shores of Africa which has been fertilized by that poverty mentality that is fed by greed beyond a modest living. This poverty mentality makes an average African thinks he would need all the money in the world to feel secure financially and be respected in the society and so whatever he earns no matter what that can buy is never enough except he deeps his filthy hands into the commonwealth to satisfy his poverty mentality. and so multiply poverty and increase the gorge between the rich and the poor. This dichotomy has militated against Africa bringing wars and unrest; the rich doesnt want to become poor and the poor hates the rich for it ready to so anything to join the other group. This dichotomy is strengthened by governments inability to provide a framework that will foster public utility and social security that can provide a sort of leverage for the poor. So the rich has those utilities which should have been for all and that is one of those things that separates the rich meanwhile these utilities are things that every human being should have.
    Africa needs to review things to accommodate her continued existence!

  152. Yumbsy Bear (@MbizzlyBear)

    Hi everyone. I read this article and felt little beyond what Walter felt. I am a young Zambian living abroad. I too have felt Walter’s same sentiments but never knew what to do about them. My only hope (the only solution I could think of) was to study abroad, work abroad and then come back to Zambia and do something great. Whatever that great thing would be.

    It’s a pity that we hoodwink each other at every turn. We’re all a little corrupt within ourselves. We do not know what working together even means. The saddest part of my realisation is that we feel that if we get a little, we can make it last. Always chasing the quick buck with no real forecast or foresight paid towards the future and what it may bring or afford us.

    These very same beliefs we are all discussing here of: camaraderie, cooperation, innovation, creativity, positiveness etc, are all ideas that Mr Elias Chipimo Jnr. addresses in his book “Unequal To The Task”. Overlook his ambitions towards politics and read the book.

    It is quite frightening to me that we only acknowledge these notions when a “white person” (I only say this to drive the point home, not to be racist or anything unfavourable in any way) points them out but won’t listen to our own people? What on earth is wrong with us?

    The point is, we cannot wait for others to come up with a solution for us. let us start with ourselves, TODAY!!!

    Sincerely,
    Lazy intellectual (Guilty as charged)

    1. Eugene Nzeribe

      I suggest a small “thinktank” to begin brainstorming immediately from our various places of abode. I hereby invite you and other like-minded Africans to let me know by email to: eugene_nzeribe@icafrica.com, if you would like to be part of this pioneering initiative. Thanks. -Eugene Nzeribe, Canada

  153. Gemngash

    This calls for self REFLECTION….change only occurs if “I” take the initiative and not wait for my comrade…collegue…friend…neighbour….leader…politician…government to transform the world or society for me!!!!If we ALL engaged ourselves in enhancing social change and justice….and got involved in technological innovations…for sure Africa would for sure be a better place to live in!!!We got ALL it takes to CHANGE AFRICA!!!!!

    This piece of writing is a CHALLENGE!!!

  154. bamwebaze

    Africa is more developed than America and the western world- depending on how you look at it. one in two Americans suffers from a diagonizable psychiatric illness. Mental illness in Africa is no where near that! So, who is the fool?

  155. Sheila A

    As a non African visiting your beautiful continent, I have seen God has endowed you with much. I also believe the others need to share the blame for plundering this continent and taking out its wealth and riches using unethical means. We will all stand before God to answer for things we have done and the rest of the world has to answer for what it has done to Africa.
    Advancement or education should never be used to plunder the poor or out smart them. There is a day of reckoning for all, and that is a sobering thought.

  156. Laz Ude Eze

    Reblogged this on donlaz and commented:
    This piece is a challenge us, as African people. Truth hurts but it must be told. This piece is about the reality not just in Zambia but the African continent.

  157. Cherry

    Hmmm…thought provocking, only, the bwanas need to remember they only enjoy those lavish lifestyles because of Africa and Africans. The minerals they stole, the interlectual property rights they keep stealing, the shoddy deals they make with our presidents. They essentially take what belongs to those poor Africans they (Walter) feels sorry for. If it were not for the under priced iron ore, the aluminum and copper from Africa, Walter wouldnt have a plane to gloat over. If her feels that sorry for Africans, why cant he stay away from Africa, and every one of them bwanas, and see how far they go? Yeah, just as i thought, they cant because Africa is where they eat from!! And if Africans fight back for thier property and rights, them bwanas then brand it as terrorism. Walter is classicly cynical.

  158. Adeosun Sheriff Temitope Great

    This is the begining of greatness, the time has come for us to have our own scientist. As from now on, i’ll pass this wonderful note to as many Nigerian as i can I talk to. The time has come for us to create a youthfulness economy. Thanks to the writer.

  159. @trafels

    I’m glad a friend recommended this write-up to me,its really an eye-opener but I won’t deny that I have not thought about it before.
    As Africans,most of us were brought up to believe education is a key to survival and future independence (which is true) but what we were not told/taught is how to channel this education towards making life better in our countries and how to impact our knowledge towards making this great continent take its rightful place as the world’s foremost continent.
    Most Africans are egocentric and they believe the more titles you have in front of your name,the better you are than your fellow countryman.I agree with Walter’s statement about intellectual laziness in Africa,I’m also learning for the first that the average African who scuttles around doing backbreaking jobs to place food on the table for his/her family is one of the most hardworking people in the world.
    Its time to change our outlook on life and realize that we are “PARTIALLY’ (I dont support Walter here because the white-men are the major cause of our woes in Africa) responsible for the deplorable state of this continent,we have blamed the colonialists for too long.
    Its so ironic that things can change for the better just by doing the little you can,you dont have to be a billionaire or a head of state to change the environment around you,learn to teach and educate people on easier ways of doing things,set up meetings in your communities and learn about the numerous talents hidden amongst you,take the reins and people will follow but remember that its a collective effort.
    I will like to continue this discussion,follow me on twitter @trafels so we can share ideas,its a good start.
    P.S- Laying blames will never solve anything,lets move forward.
    Cheers!

    1. joba

      This is a great thought provoking piiece..not sure if it is fictitious,but it sure spells out afRiCa. Yet, do d Arabs produce anything?? If they do how much?? Yet they are very rich and their countries are properly developed..I’m talking about Qatar, saudi Arabia, Dubai…they import brains from africa, americas and europe to run all their things.but always with gain for their country in mind..thesame things that led us into being enslaved by the colonialists have persisted..GReed..they gave our chiefs mirrors and took their palm oil as well as slaves..they brought their old guns, and took even more slaves..Now, they have found oiL..Libya became a concern, Nigeria toO..how is it that a wealthy nation is starving?? economists propound theories to be tested on African waters..I’m tired of playing the blame game..let’s show how it can be done. Our leaders still haven’t changed..greedy, and empty..perhaps its because we have not changed. Here is my suggestion”ets not put the cart b4 d horse, no need for a formal union when we haven’t started anything, informal fora , social media..should suffice..we do not want to seem like a force, that we are not..at least not yet..we must start work individually..b4 flying into uncharted waters..let’s start with light, water, shelter, education..some of us are rich one way or the other..per communitity..start something..say for example in Nigeria were light is luxury, in a village windmills and solar panels should be bought to and put in place by someone who can afford it…a doctor can take his street and help in d awareness anevention of preventable diseases.

    2. joba

      This is a great thought provoking piiece..not sure if it is fictitious,but it sure spells out afRiCa. Yet, do d Arabs produce anything?? If they do how much?? Yet they are very rich and their countries are properly developed..I’m talking about Qatar, saudi Arabia, Dubai…they import brains from africa, americas and europe to run all their things.but always with gain for their country in mind..thesame things that led us into being enslaved by the colonialists have persisted..GReed..they gave our chiefs mirrors and took their palm oil as well as slaves..they brought their old guns, and took even more slaves..Now, they have found oiL..Libya became a concern, Nigeria toO..how is it that a wealthy nation is starving?? economists propound theories to be tested on African waters..I’m tired of playing the blame game..let’s show how it can be done. Our leaders still haven’t changed..greedy, and empty..perhaps its because we have not changed. Here is my suggestion”ets not put the cart b4 d horse, no need for a formal union when we haven’t started anything, informal fora , social media..should suffice..we do not want to seem like a force, that we are not..at least not yet..we must start work individually..b4 flying into uncharted waters..let’s start with light, water, shelter, education..some of us are rich one way or the other..per communitity..start something..say for example in Nigeria were light is luxury, in a village windmills and solar panels should be bought and put in place by someone who can afford it…a doctor can take his street and help in d awareness a prevention of preventable diseases..actively participate in politics and don’t leave it to d ne’er do wells..u may wonder, y is evryone spilling over with ideas..its because were in the jet age..its d destiny of the times..everyone should be relevant..and I’m sure if we learn to meet basic needs properly, Freedom is in sight

  160. Dr Akpowaye Akpomiemie

    I weep 4 myself cos I know its true .For instance We rather keep importin fuel than encourage local refineries, we pass thru skools copying project and a host of others
    s.

  161. Aaron Paul Shija.

    Ruwe!! Can you p’se get this sent to all African presidents and leaders?
    It’s absolutelly amazing truth!!!

  162. Chabvondoka.

    This is the truth and nothing hurts like being told the truth. Almost stopped reading the article but because Walter was telling the truth, I was forced to finish reading this article.
    What he was saying is happening in my country Zimbabwe “Cry Zimbabwe Cry”. The politicians back there only think of themselves and their cronies. I am forced to toil here in South Africa where i am not appreciated and abused. Walter is talking about me and I feel so infuriated by my weakness. But then what can I do? I cant go back home where there is 90% unemployment. My kids need bread on the table and I wouldnt survive in such an environment.

  163. owen

    history will show that Africa has been treated as a foot stool by the so called developed world. they did partition of Africa and destabilized its systems, colonize and exploit its resources. manipulated its leaders after independence and its now china’s time to exploit mother land. in their battle of world economy domination with the west, they are comming to africa as investment partners but all they are doing is exploiting africa resources.

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  165. Waridi Rose Rashid

    How very humbling. We consume luxury items and our leaders seek medical care abroad where the elite’s children also get their education. We are busy expanding universities so we shall have one in every village without worrying about the quality. Yet there are hordes of young ‘present day missionaries and colonists’ coming to save us from hunger, disease and poverty. I thought of linking to something I had written in my blog, although I seem to really fit in as ‘lazy’ blogger http://wwwinretrospect.blogspot.com/2011/08/what-do-we-want-to-be-as-kenya-lets.html?spref=tw

  166. Naomi Mutua

    Let’s all take a breather and think twice… we’re doing exactly what ‘William’ said… and we’re sitting here discussing whether he is right or wrong, whether he insulted us or he didn’t. Instead, we should take the lesson, and move on to bigger dreams… get of our asses, and ACT!
    To rephrase the words of Wangari Maathai, “Stop talking, start [planting] acting!”

  167. Faith

    Yes we need to wake up, The time has come, It begins with us, blah blah blah. Raise that tightly folded fist in anger and strike the air. No wonder we are called lazy. No one’s going to do nothing about. Wish we acted what we said.

  168. edwardohenebeng

    The more I read this article, the more I agree with every single point that was made. We can only make something positive happen in Africa if we all put our heads together but the question is; is this feasible? Every black person wants to feel superior over the other and there’s always a sheer competition to prove who’s best. Black ideology is utterly in tatters. We can change Africa and we can’t change ourselves. Every intellectual candidate in Africa is a master of bribery and corruption, self-care/selfish. Take our leaders for example; people who we elect to improve the economy of he country uses state funds to finance their children’s and grandchildren’s education in abroad. Is our schools not as worthy as the school in abroad?

    The earlier we start to recognise how good Africa is and to save Africa the better.

  169. browninkling

    I Had To Reblog This.. It Makes So Much Sense And It Is Indeed A Wake Up Call To Every Africa Out There To Make Use Of His/Her Brain And Make Our Continent Great!! Together, We Can Develop It Beyond Belief!

  170. nifty

    Just because we don’t sell souls, I think we should start believing our african juju and stuff may be we’ll come up with something better than being in the train that sucks and we don’t even know where is heading!

  171. Frank Kejuo

    When the truth is spoken it relief some arteries and veins crowded with certificate n degrees. We all know the truth to a large degree..Its sad this is where we fall and we are still facing down and not trying to get up and do what the Chinese or indian did to airborne.
    Africa my home my hope my despair…running way and coming back from the West doesn’t make you an elite or a conqueror ….what have you achieved in your country with tons of knowledge and degrees? A day will come when we shall get up like a fallen and dusty child…we’ll stagger and leap and we’ll keep walking until our infirmity heals..the will the sun rise in his horizon and the rain of knowledge will fall on good soil and the blades of inventions will spring forth from this dark continent when each and every one of us have join our torch together to kindle the flame that will illuminate Africa and the cosmic world will shout accolades that we have taken back our position as the cradle of civilization ..

  172. Lani

    I have to disagree with this article.

    I don’t think the intellectuals are to blame for the lack of development in Africa. Africans are a force to be reckoned with abroad when it comes to research and development.

    How far can an intellectual go without the support of his or her government? If I go to the Ministry of Power with a proposal for using part of the vast sahel in the northern part of my country as a solar panel field to generate clean electricity, the proposal will be discarded before it is read. Same goes for proposals for potable water, for education, for anything that will make life easier for the common man. The powers that be do not encourage ideas, nor do they entertain them when they come.

    The sad truth is that the people in charge at home that will allow these ideas to work are making too much money from everything not working. There is really nothing anyone, intellectual or not, can do about that.

  173. Mucaris

    To me that white guy, William, is a friend of africa. Beyond Zambia, all african countries especially sub saharan can relate to his dissection. This ‘kick’ ought to change the dynamics of the black man’s lifestyle. It should start from those of us that have read this. I will surely profit from it.

  174. Ibrahim

    Much as I want to say this is not true, it’s unfortunately very true of us Africans. I thought this applies only to Nigeria, but now I can see, that it is the cross that we Africans have bear. However, why? Why can’t we do things like the other societies do? Why are we so lazy, corrupt, inept and uncaring what happens to our people. It is very unfortunate indeed.

  175. Quiet Observer

    And the blame continues:

    “…But the intelligentsia is not solely, or even mainly, to blame. The larger failure is due to political circumstances over which they have had little control. The past governments failed to create an environment….”

    Blame, blame, and blame more. Just what the white man was talking about on the plane. I am a Nigerian, and I feel inundated with all the blame games we play—first against the British, then against the ruling class..and all the while, we do nothing, or close to nothing.

  176. The Black Man Cometh

    This is an incredible article. Absolutely accurate. What a riveting read. You are absolutely correct on all of the issues that you raised. Well done.

    There is another authour I know, a young firecracker from Cape Town who wrote an article with the same themes. Have a look at the link below.

    http://remythequill.com/how-foxes-eat-wolves-and-lions/

    Keep well and keep writing.

  177. thinkovation

    I think the change is already happening.

    I’ve done a ton of work helping Tech co’s create viable, sustainable, strategies for Sub Saharan Africa.. and every where I go, whether it’s the Universities, Entrepreneurs or just the Twitterverse, I’m bowled over by the confidence, go-get-it attitude and the work ethic of young Africans.

    Maybe it’s a generational thing?

  178. Edobor Ozakpolor

    Lord Lugard Thought On Nigeria In 1926 – At Times I Wonder If He Was Right
    « on: August 18, 2011, 11:02 AM »
    “In character and temperament, the typical African of this race-type is a happy, thriftless, excitable person.
    Lacking in self control, discipline, and foresight.
    Naturally courageous, and naturally courteous and polite, full of personal vanity, with little sense of veracity, fond of music and loving weapons as an oriental loves jewellery.
    His thoughts are concentrated on the events and feelings of the moment, and he suffers little from the apprehension for the future, or grief for the past.
    “He lacks the power of organization, and is conspicuously deficient in the management and control alike of men or business.
    He loves the display of power, but fails to realize its responsibility ”

    Lord Frederick John Dealty Lugard, The Dual Mandate, pg.70 (1926

  179. Emana

    Article is reasonably fair having been derived from our lived experiences as Africans and reflective of the socio-political challenges of the continent but appears a bit skewed in terms of not questioning or unpacking the structural political challenges in Africa and how this has affected the practice and application of technocracy in the development of the African society.
    But how can we have a society impacted positively by Ph.D holders when the enabling environment, supportive policies, adequately-resourced research institutions and functional infrastructure to put these new knowledge to use are absent?
    A creative Ph.D sector can only thrive in economies where science and technology is pursued with every sense of purpose. Our science and technology policies are documented in reports and neatly stacked away in shelves of many Africa’s multilateral institutions.
    Secondly, how can that happen when the engine of political and economic policies of Africa, the African GOVERNMENT is grossly embedded in corruption, self-styled autocratic rule laced with ineptitude, offensive penchant for foreign aid and unwillingness to change. (Recently, I read about China’s questionable gesture to the AU, a multi-million dollars edifice to be used as the new AU headqtrs. Isn’t that crazy? And nobody is thinking about the political and economic freedom that we are mortgaging into the hands of rapidly progressive economies?)
    Speaking on the seeming incapacitation of African scholars to contribute to development, one will quickly see the corruption-driven synchronization of technocracy and political governance that has damaged the creative industry of the technocrat world. You want to doubt me, take a trip to the AU, NEPAD and UNECA and other bilateral/multilateral institutions in Africa; where the romance between the political elites and technocrats are getting deeper as a result of greed.
    This is a destructive trend!

  180. Ken

    Field, no one could have said it any better, Africa is tired of recycled politician who can’t think out side the box.I salute Walter, sometimes let the truth be told……….I cry for mother Zambia.

  181. Chidi Nwankpa

    what a wonderful article. It will make you cry inside and really think how truly lazy most of US are. God help us but we should also help ourselves first. Im guilty too

  182. PanAfricanist

    That Walter dude is a twat. As an IMF employee he knows how the world goes around and he should therefore stop being lazy with the over simplification of our problems. And the direct comparisons to China .. is just another lazy way again to analyze our problems and seek solutions. I am certain he did not spend enough time understanding the forces (internal and external) that make it difficult especially at this current stage for our intellects to invent and push a product to the market locally. Its just outright laziness to attribute that failure to “lazy”. But only a MZUNGU in a African stage can get away with this. My people are doomed!!!

  183. balotelli

    this is so true,our fore fathers sold Africa for peanuts lets hope our generation can make a difference.

  184. Kola

    fair point,I think Africa deserves where it is and in till we are ready to pay the price for wholesale change, we will continue to be the white and Chinese man’s bitch

  185. martins

    As nigerians, all we do is brag with our degrees and make no good productive use of them instead we depend on the so called bwana technology without trying little effort to create ours, this is d best write up I’v seen in years

  186. Abdalla

    All need saying have been said, all that remain to be seen is how much change and action from us including ME.

  187. David

    So true, we africans use school as a place to be awarded papers that can get you the 9-5 job for some company, we use our education more as a status symbol so as to look down upon our ‘uneducated’ counterparts. They are doing more than their part as it has been said they are the most hardworking in the world. We should emulate them, step up and do our part.
    Finally, we should focus more on doing the work as opposed to these politics we love so much. How long will it take us to realize these ‘leaders’ we keep recycling are doing nothing for us?

  188. Femi Soetan

    Crap! No one who follows history can agree with this unless they are deluded. This is a classic case of ignoring the trigger and dodging the bullets. Can you not see that there is an inherent contradiction in what he is saying? ‘We’re fundamentally not different but something is wrong with you’. I would ask the question why and what? Walter’s (if he really exists) arguments are full of sophistry and lazy stereotyping about the ‘general nature of the African intellectual’. It’s very simplistic to generalise behaviours and attitudes and, even if you could you would still have to look for a root cause. The guy was so quick to dismiss slavery and colonialism as if they didn’t happen? I’ll dub that the fallacy of pre-emption. The fact that he mentioned those words in his argument before his interlocutor doesn’t invalidate them at all. What we are doing when we say ‘Lets come together and solve our problems’ is foolishly trying to attack the symptoms of an issue without examining the root cause. The world is a complex and chaotic non-linear system in which (yes I am going to use a cliché) a butterfly flaps its wings etc. Now in Nigeria’s case before we can even begin to think of solving any problems in the present, we need to take a long, hard look at our past. (even that is not a guarantee of anything, but at least it’s a start) Please let’s stop allowing the people who put us in this situation tell us what our problems are!

    NB. Someone quoted something written by Lord Lugard in his/her comment. That has to rank among the most ridiculous pieces of bullshit that I have ever seen written! Do you not understand the rancid racism that the colonialists used to justify their actions? That he (Lugard) could seek to describe the characteristics of a whole race in a few sentences (mind far nearer to the animals than the Asiatic or European type) just goes to show how deep his prejudice was. Only someone with a deep-seated sense of insecurity could concede that Lugard’s words described even at that time anything other than the contorted fantasies of a very sick mind. To suggest that his words ring true today – I have no words with which to respond. I intend to spend some time researching on how attitudes to colonialism vary among various African nations, because it seems to me that from the comments here many people are far more in awe of the ‘bwana’ than anything I have ever seen where I am from.

  189. Zach Ngalo

    Lady, write that book and publish it! The Holy Spirit Must Come Down and Africa Will Be Saved…….

  190. Shubi Mukolera

    Everything that has been said is neither rocket science nor new to we Africans, only difference is that the white guy actually exposed the true arrogance hidden behind the friendly faces they display whenever on our turf. Hope he does not expect a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts….

  191. biodun adeyanju

    This article is a must for all to read. it is quite touching. Africans must shift from the paradigm of church going, spirituality and empty faith without action into d realms of critical and productive thinking. The era of reading and acquiring degrees like the Eunuch of Ethiopia without having the understanding of its application should be discarded. This is the best “gospel” I have read iin the last couple of days. Thanks for posting this. It is quite touching!

  192. Abdullahi

    In any african country this phenomenum is the same,with some possibly worst like nigeria were degrees,msc/ma, phd,and even professorships are just like national honours,not of any relevance to national dev.but titles to admit for high pay offices.

  193. Wale Idris

    We at African Views are not surprised that many people find this interesting and even laudable. Field Ruwe is a great writer and he has managed to find a good window of opportunity to state the obvious in creative ways. The fact that Walter is delusional and fails to see that he himself is part of the problem is not as astonishing as the gullible herds who are already willing to follow the leader tells you that we are in fact still in deep waters and far from the shores. Why would it take Walter’s rude opinion and Field’s assumption for you to know and do what is necessary.

    The summary of Walter’s discussion with Field is this: You are from a generation of people who are still struggling repression that we have placed upon you because we can. We laugh at you in many ways because you fall for our tricks. We control your presidents with promises of good rewards and he deliver’s the good of your country at our feet. We have even educated some of the best people who think themselves as intellectuals, but are trained to serve western development in various capacity. They still do the jobs that none of us would do. We have our people running your various institutions, which serve us abundantly. These arrangements is good for us so why should we change. The fact of the matter is you cannot do anything about it.

    To me this is a little child’s boastful rant mistaken for sympathy due to the deep desire of empathy from the gegen-pole. Based on series of comments here It is clear that many of us are instantly mesmerized by Field’s eloquence and failed to rebuff Walter’s attack on African conscientiousness. Walter is a typical capitalist who has no sense of value depth other than instantaneous gratification. Yes he was able to highlight the problem but and even admitted that he is an agent of the knightly order, but he has not offered a single solution other than making known his generic overview of the situation and how confident he is that things won’t change.

    What happened here is could either be the incident of a bully and a poor timid fellow or wise listener who says this is a good tickle and I’ll have my shot against these lulling so called African intellects. It was a good shot and I am hoping it works. Only because they are so entrenched in the vicious intellectual arm wresting cycle with each other. There by making things worse by truly being unproductive.

    But in all fairness, education is a very important step toward progress. Any amount of it is good but incomplete without hard work on value based collaborative development.

    If Walter could only see beyond one generation on the human development timeline, he would have a sense of the African experience. African development is not only lagging in Africa. African communities worldwide have similar or same social and governance problems. I am personally appalled by many sympathizers on this thread applauding Walter’s insults on a generation of people and continent. He does not know more than you do and certainly not qualified to lead you! So why follow him based on an opinion on things that you are well aware of. I agree that Field’s writing is seductive, and makes for a good script too. And, if that is what it takes to motivate African to see, to state or to act on the obvious – let it be.

    An ambitious man will naturally, through hard work, climb the social ladder, whereas the unmotivated man will not improve his position: “the man who will get up will be helped up; and the man who will not get up will be allowed to stay down” (p557). Applying this theory to the situation of the African-Americans, Douglass remarks: “Give the Africans fair play and let him alone. If he lives, well. If he dies, equally well. If he cannot stand up, let him fall down.” (p557)

    Are we there yet?

    Frederic Douglass and others human development proponents never underestimated or failed to recognize the power and industry of the self affirmed opponents of African progress. They acknowledged it and pleaded for peace. African leaders who defied it – neutralized. It is no news that good African leadership are easily decapitated. Read your history books.

    Douglass’es theory of self-made men then is the similar or applicable to the concept of societal development today. Individually, Africans are as perfect as any individual from any culture. We work hard, educated or not, especially when we want. A made person is one who works hard when he wants, or the other hand a modern slave is one who works hard when motivated by others. The crowd here are guilty of the latter. There several Africans people working on consensus bridging and fully committed to human and societal development. We just don’t see it because they offer no carrot sticks. What do Africans want? To answer this question let us explore what they do not have:

    Freedom of thoughts and consensus
    Freedom of speech
    Freedom from need
    Freedom from fear
    Freedom of worship
    Freedom to love and be loved in return
    Freedom to garner its cultural asset (self representation/ self determination)
    Freedom of movement in the world

    So whether or not an African country such as Zambia has acquired moral virtue, integrity, intellectual excellence, honesty, faith in its subject, material sustainability steadily and persistently pursued, and all summation of essential component for improving qualities of life that makes it desirable for dwelling, admiration, and growth is the best, if not the only, explanation of its success.

    According to Douglass, “the principles of honor, integrity and affection” (p561) are the essential prerequisites for enduring success: Africans must have a sustained vision to rule and feed themselves. it is the borne duty that embodies what makes you African. Therefore and our intellectuals should really stop playing and start participating in capacity building and supporting as well as guiding grass-root organization with well meaning and honest people to help them not only to develop, or achieve but sustain their goals.

    All human experience proves over and over again, that any success which comes through meanness, trickery, fraud and dishonor, is but emptiness and will only be a torment to its possessor.

    We at AV (African Views) care and we are determined. We see nothing but opportunities for African development and we are everywhere. We ask you to believe in yourself and to join or efforts today. See what we are doing at: http:www.africanviews.org

    1. airmanchairman

      @Wale: Well observed!

      You noted that Walter and Field waxed lyrical on the “Carrot” aspect of the “Carrot and Stick” rope-trick, but said nothing of the fearsome Malleus Maleficarum, the garrotte, the guillotine, the poisoned stiletto, the mailed fist within the velvet glove that has accounted for pretty much any enlightened LEADERSHIP that dared to raise its head above the parapet in the Third World.

      How bitter a pill that must be for the departed shades of the Patrice Lumumbas, the Shankaras, the Ghandis, the Marcus Garveys, Steve Bikos, Amilcar Cabrals, Herbert Macaulays and countless other unsung victims of the “kill-it-before-it-grows” policy of “Sheriff John Brown”, that this single most important factor in the cause of the malaise of the Third World, is almost completely dismissed as an irrelevance, that their sacrifice was in vain.

      Forgive us, fallen Ones…

  194. Blessings chilombo

    Its the panful truth that every patriotic african shud be ashamed of educated or illiterate,enough of the brain drain and it time to wake up from attaining great heights of education just for the satisfaction of personal egos,”book knowledge”(knowledge on paper only) is embarrasing Africa as a continent……

  195. Terii

    I only wish that this conversation had been recorded and available as a podcast download. The raw emotions expressed by Walters points would echo so much more if they were heard…

    Great blogpost… A must read… I look forward to even more engaging articles in future…

  196. Olufemi

    Have you all heard of Zambikes. That’s something good coming out of Zambia and i am very proud of that.

  197. State Thenji

    There couldn’t have been a better way to bring out the irony of Walter’s false conscientious awakening rant as the invocation of Graham Hancock’s “Lords of Poverty”? And as Hancock says of the powers that Walter represent– You people are like the old King. Anything you touch turns into gold.

    We will not forget slavery or colonialism. We will not forget the greedy ruling class. We will not forget the lazy intellectuals and hardworking intelligentsia, farmers, fisherwomen and men. We will not forget the generation of young innovative African minds and the brains-in-the-drain that dots the diaspora. We will not forget our responsibility and dreams, met or unmet. We will not forget the right to rise above materialism and capitalism. We will not forget that life can be lived in simplicity and that diseases and hunger doesn’t killeth the heart.

    We will not forge the Pythons like Walter that will always prey.

    We will just be. And be…..

  198. Tayo

    All well and good, the “Bwana” in question had some good points. But excuse me, he hasn’t said anything new. We already know these things. Why do we travel out of Africa to school abroad? Because our education system is crap. Why don’t we have African inventors? Because the government and leadership have not put in place a system that would nurture and incubate ideas. The same Chinese citizens were in China during their years of communism, what single economic breakthrough did they have? Until the Chinese government put in place systems and structure that encouraged innovation, nothing happened. The South and North Korean people are one and the same people. However, South Korea is one of the most technologically advanced countries, while North Korea remains in oblivion. Why? No system or structure to support economic development.
    I wish I was the one sitting next to him on that plane. If he had such access to the leadership of Zambia and other African countries, why didn’t he bring up these points with them who can actually make a difference if he was so concerned? How does bringing up these issues with a powerless Ph.D candidate – who is studying abroad because his government cannot provide a good education system – solve any of the problem?
    As I type this, I can recollect many Nigerians who have created different things to alleviate poverty given their limited resources – Waste recycling system, solar power generator and I know organizations that provide food, education and accommodation for youths from the streets. Someone has even created a car from scratch. However, they can only solve a very little part of the problem. Heck, the designer of the present Nigerian flag lives in abject poverty. People who invent things don’t get resources to continue their invention. Do our governments even have an R and D budget? Go here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_research_and_development_spending
    and see that China spends the largest on R&D after the US. South Korea is No. 5. India, No. 8. South Africa is No. 30 and Botswana, No. 71 – the only 2 African countries to appear on the list. Where is Nigeria? The largest African country with the 2nd largest economy? Even Romania, one of the poorest white countries is at No. 42. That, my friends is what drives innovation, invention and ultimately development. Until our governments grow a conscience and start thinking for the long run of the African people, nothing will change. Until then, any Bwana (or Oyinbo as they are called in Nigeria) who cannot suggest a way for that to happen, can keep their thoughts to themselves

    1. Esen

      I completely agree. If he really cares so much and hates the poverty he sees, why doesn’t he stop working in these organizations that he knows are raping the ‘poor people?’ Why doesn’t he talk to the leaders he has access to? It actually feels like his is a case of spewing his self hatred – for he knows he is rich from the rape of the land – on the black man in the plane. As in the more he criticizes the better he will feel, maybe for a while, as he convinces himself he has done a little to alleviate his guilt, shame and participation.

      Yet these same westerners who spite the black man’s laziness will never allow a strong president to put his natural resources to his country’s use. That will be an affront to them and the result? A manipulation of tribal sentiments and a support of a puppet president who will sell his people and do their bidding.

      Yet I blame us. We sell ourselves. We are indeed divided and still overwhelmed by white skin and the thought that they are better. Hopefully when we read this we will wake up. Maybe there is a future African president reading this who will remember when he or she is in power that no matter how much money they have, how often they travel to western countries, they are still seen as part of the black race that is at the bottom of the totem pole. Maybe they will remember and help their people.

      As for me, responsible for my person that i can control, at night i do not party. I brain storm and i am working on my dreams. By God’s grace they will succeed and if my success inspires one more black person to go do it, then i am happy. Whether here or in the land of Africa.

      1. Tayo

        Thank you. The most annoying part is he had the audacity to say Africans are lazy. What the f**k???!!! I shared this with my Indian friend yesterday and she told me if it was an Indian with him on the plane, he would have slapped his bald-headed face. I can’t believe a Ph.D student and a journalist allowed himself to be lectured to by this guy. I personally would have told him some truths that would have shut him up quick and in a hurry

  199. Karue

    Are this the Authors thoughts told in a story or was this a true experience with the guy. If an experience I wanna meet this guy he A.W.E.S.O.M.E !! If it the Authors thoughts, contacts please. I may disagree with a few parts but tis useless to bring em up here. three thumps up, I loved the article.

  200. Jahnoch

    The Original People the Blacks or the Africans are not suppose to be succesful in this white man Reality !!
    This is his world !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    His education – His Religions – His Medications – His Interpretations !!!!
    Don`t forget where All of you came from !!!!
    Lemuria Mu – Atlantis – Kemet (egypt)

    All the Ancient Black Civilizations were Highly Conscious of their Higher Self , they didn`t need all these Material Illusions !!
    They knew the Black Mother Principal , Black Mother Universe , Black Mother Earth , Black Mother Nature !!
    They knew the science of Breath to Self Healing ,
    Also they knew the function of the PINEAL GLAND,
    They were in Balance !!!!

    The more Technology the less Spiritually – The more Spiritually the less Technology !!

    1. airmanchairman

      @Jahnoch: In short, the Mental (read Spiritual) technology of the Ancients served the Higher Self, the Ka, rather than the Gross Material, lower being, which is not really human. This is why today we are so confused and argue so much about how they achieved the Wonders of the(ir) World.

      Spirituality and Technology are not mutually exclusive – one exists to serve the other, or put another way, one is a coarser reflection of the other.

      We have 10 commandments, they had 42 – the (42) Confessions to Maat (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maat) make for very interesting reading in that unlike the 10 commandments, they are so instantly relatable to modern conundrums like Animal Testing, Environmental Sustainability, Terrorism and Fiscal Accountability etc.

      @Jahnoch, you sound like a crackpot, but within your words lie the ONLY Key to our desired higher Good, the only way through the Eye of the Needle…

  201. Aileme

    HONEST TRUTH. Most Africans don’t want Africa to grow . They want progress for a few, themselve and their immediate Family. They rather live in Europe and American come back to the so called dark continent on holiday and brag to friends how they living the life and getting the best facilities, SHAME! Sadly the only thing We Africans are willing to learn and bring back to the continent is all the wrongs of the white man, Homosexuality, mode of dressing, scam etc. Africans are killing Africa

  202. The Future leader

    thought provoking…..indeed and thats wat i call great minds at work. to my fellow africans at large, this is a wake up call and we just have to sit down and do something to sharpen the face of our motherland. we have the capability and the ability to put the face of africa on the world map, am sure a native african would one day rejoice if only atleast, we can have an underground transportation, like metro.we all want to be part of a winning team and contribute something in the society. but we have to find the source of all the problems. Africa is not poor, its just the mentality we have towards working hard. i challenge you all my brothers and sisters, its tym to stand up and do something about the problems we face in Africa. well whoever said, the only way to hide a $50 from a black person is to place it in a book, guess what???, yeah you guessed right)))

  203. Sheila

    There is plenty of mental illness in Africa, . I have met many Africans whom I am sure has mental illness but too ashamed to seek help.

  204. Sheila

    I have personally met many African men who come to America and people make excuses and say he changed because he came to America. The character of a man follows him, and some of the things that I have seen them do are definitely contributed to mental illness. I have many African friends and I am getting tired of excuses being made for bad behavior.

  205. dayo

    As you have all said that this message is an eye opener to all of us. I think this present generation don’t have all the time debating on the past mistakes..Now my question is what is the way forward? What can an individual do change the mentality of others. I really need to start doing my own research but how far can I go when I dont have the necessary support. Its so painful , I wish I could turn my continent, my country and my village into better place.

  206. Stephen from Nigeria

    Let’s stop giving excuses and pointing fingers (blaming others), the message is clear; if all Africans (at home & especially in diaspora) will brace the challenge and work towards contributing his/her own “little” quota – the state of Africa will change!
    Let’s wake up, mama-Africa beckons!

  207. MumBi (@TheMumBi)

    Very True. Everyone should read Lords of Poverty by Graham Hancock. That book made him a pariah in UN, WTO, IMF and other Bretton Woods affiliated circles. I read it the holiday before starting my Undergrad in the Uk and its a serious Game changer. The first thing i did when i touched down was change it for Business Economics to something i felt i could use more.

    So yeah, Any African truly should stop waxing lyrical about how depleted their own politicians etc (that THEY collectively put in.. by voting or not voting) have plundered their country dry. We, you.. should pick up a hoe, jembe, a pen, paper.. whatever you are great at.. put your skills to work and do something! Then do something greater!

    Africa at the moment is tittering on the crux- oneside is the gamechanger for all PanAfrican dreams if we worked on it together.. e.g mineral resources, tech, health creativity, on the other side.. is the 3 Scramble for Africa (which has already started) roads, trade resources, tech etc.. all by the usual Development partners.. US, Uk China and India. As we stand by and watch.. again.. for the 3rd time.. Proving Walter and his cronies right that we are really Intellectual, big talk- no action Lazy Africans

  208. Jos Ajabo

    I would jail this fellow for fooling us. He is a thief who goes openly abusing fellow blacks of being lazy, a proud money launder who keeps on signing dubious contracts with African heads of states to exploit the continent. Looks like a John Perkins confesssions of an economic Hit man, New York Times bestseller that has been circulating in book stores. When you read all this scum , you feel addicted and at this very moment you are like the most informed person who can change the world? Fela Kuti was right to say that “Africa is the center of the World”, good reason for all these fellas to run to the continent to exploit the natural resources for their own existence!

  209. State

    One thing that makes Walter’s thoughts disturbing is how the readers proves the lack he is talking about through lack of critical readings of the same views. With the exception of a few here like Idris, we demonstrated high level of intellectual hollowness by falling into self-blame trap. Amazing Walter’s historical revisionism is barely flagged. Amazing the western view of progress is not questioned. So, it’s not just Zambia.

  210. airmanchairman

    Would that it were as simple as Walter says, to turn aside the momentum and inertia of centuries of slavery, even more of colonialism and decades of highly sophisticated neo-colonialism that escalates in subtlety and intensity with every passing year and even unto this very moment.

    In my humble estimation, it is too late for the logical panaceas that so many have enthusiastically suggested here in the comments section of this highly charged discussion. Nice try, brothers and sisters, but no cigar.

    Nothing short of a spiritual (I am not talking religious) rebirth on the part of both the African and the leeches bleeding his unfortunate neck, be they Caucasian, Asian, Latino or her own brothers and sisters can save Africa, nay the whole the world from the doom-laden Nemesis that unsustainable development is about to wreak upon our sub-human carcasses…

  211. Nyabuto Choti

    Good food-for-thought, beautifully presented. But the main question still remains: what is wrong with the African? Is it the lack of snow/winter or the too much heat in the continent, or something else related to evolution?

  212. Angry Black Man

    I can’t believe the shit I am reading here. THE FIRST PROBLEM WITH AFRICAN INTELLECTUALS IS THAT THEY WILL SIT DOWN AND BE LECTURED BY BALD BLUE EYED WHITE MEN RATHER THAN THINK FOR THEMSELVES! The consequence of this is then that “we are oh so shocked to see the world from his point of view. You all must not read newspapers nor history books. White people HAVE been hating ans disrespecting us for no reason whatsoever. they did not need any reason whatsoever to do so. They have had technological superority for a long time and have abused it to our detriment. Period. Blaming us for not catching up with them after they have done ALL they could possibly undertake to hinder us from advancing, and I really mean !ALL! … is simply disingenuous.

    This white guy works for those same financial and economic entities responsible for our crippling DEBT and you all simply don’t get the link? Good lord. GOOGLE where our money goes. GOOGLE what we own and what we do not own on our own territory. GOOGLE why we in africa do not own jack and what the WTO has to do with that. Link the rollback economics of Thatcher and Raegan and the Cold War antics of the west with our lack of representation in our political systems of today and assess what you find…. Quite honestly, the only shame is that africans never read “neocolonialism” by Nkrumah and never understood the likes of Antonio Gramsci and Johan Galtung. Come on people…. if you’re going to gulp up some opinions from white men and act all enlightened, then please, for heavens sake please gulp up the constructive advise from the right minded white people. ON SELF RELIANCE http://bit.ly/zQBdha . Take it from their antiheroes. From the ones who speak truth to their insane political models that have wrecked this planet in what? 250 years. Pick up cousel from those white people who see through the remote controlled exploitation and the invisible shackles their alleged invisible hand puts on us. READ THE RIGHT KEYS. Here is an asian who exposes the policies of the west towards africa for what they are: KICKING AWAY THE LADDER: http://bit.ly/aJUhaL

    Or are you really telling me you need the ramblings of a neoliberal exploiter to tell you what Walter Rodney had to share with far more respectful words and thoughtful insight about our current plights?
    As long as african countries are tied into the international economic dspensation of the WTO and the bretton woods system, african ressources WILL not BENEFIT africans even if we had a whole class of SUPERMEN as leaders… Have you ever wondered why Sirleaf got the Nobel Prize? The only head of state to allow the pentagon to create a base in subsaharan africa… a nobel prize which has been awarded to misanthropic fascist massmurderers like http://bit.ly/w5fh9x and your favourite primordialist Barack Obizzle. And to top it all off, most of you “awakened” in here stood idle by when NATO took out the country with the HIGHEST HDI score on the continent. W!T!F?????? is wrong with you all? Do we still need white people to tell us what is wrong within countries THEY run by remote controle? STILL? In this day and age? As if single individuals could do anything against the political systems and clientelistic networks at work in african countries.

    Thanks to their ECONOMIC HITMEN: http://bit.ly/2P7Ta we’re still at the stage of finding the way out of bridgehead subserviance. Seriously, don’t any of you dare reply to me before reading and pondering the relevance of Galtung’s structural theory of imperialism: http://bit.ly/wmvcxr

    We ought to mobilise, organise, retrofit and govern ourselves through Self Reliance. And for those of you who needed this vampire’s disgusting intellectual detritus to “wake up” good for you. Your “awakening” is but slumber. Here is another white man to wake you up a little further: Remember the name: Michael Parenti and honour the memory of Walter Rodney. THE INVENTION of UNDERDEVELOPMENT: http://bit.ly/wMSDBy

    Tired of all this uninformed black man bashing. Tell em to leave us alone and to REALLY do so… after fishing out all the fish there is to be fished out of our coastal regions and exporting their subsidized garbage to us and crushing our economic spine with the intrigancies of the “Club of Paris” they think those “lazy african intellectuals” among us who actually SEE through their shit will sit in a seat next to them and take this type of shit? This Walter guy was LUCKY I wasn’t seated next to his racist ignorant ass. I would have slapped the shit our of his face. This said: http://bit.ly/jhbUvQ

    Good night!

    1. It's me "Angry Black Man" again... still angry!

      Oh yes, I forgot to “make it easy” for you to look up the “CLUB OF PARIS”
      Here is their official drivel: http://www.clubdeparis.org/ and here is some FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Here: http://1.usa.gov/aadFsV read up on why there isn’t enough money in africa for adequate education here: http://bit.ly/yvmBMV and also to understand why Walter’s point of view merits he be hunted down and treated to some U.S. style legal enhanced interrogation techniques for the sake of Zambia’s national security: http://bit.ly/wOn82R. Where was he during his stay and what was he doing there? To what ends?

      And since I am a couch potato intellectual, here is a beautiful illustration of pretty much what is going down right now TO THE DETRIMENT of us poor africans: http://bit.ly/xsYfkM

      Voila-
      good night!

  213. Wegene

    Such illogical, simple-minded, incomprehensive and random article. Please brush-up your mind “You Lazy” before saying anything about Africa.

        1. Malaka Post author

          So I see! Lol! Well, last night I had kenkey and tonight I had pasta. Once I’ve consumed my pot of jollof rice I will have fulfilled my local quota for the week. I’m off to bed now, so please don’t get too upset if I can’t approve anymore knowledge bombs until then. I don’t think my heart could take it!

          *goes into a corner and pretends to cry*

      1. It's me "Angry Black Man"- angry anew because I don't have kenkey!

        God bless Kenkey!!! Nkran Dokun or Fanti Dokun? Corn or Banana Leaves? Wow…you de make my mouth water ohhh….

        I would give anything for some good old Gari and Shito… or Plantain and beans. Instead, I am sitting here, freezing my ass off in obroni country and working myself up just because some author hit the right chords… in the mean time, Mills ain’t doing shit to get the country back from Kufuor’s sellout extravaganza and Nkrumah’s daughter is M.I.A. What to do? Walter should be waterboarded with ice kenkey or rice water…

        Wishing you a good night’s sleep.

  214. Gogo | African innovation project

    What he should have done was set an appointment to hang out with him, give him a dirty slap when he finally caught up with him (outside any entanglement with airport politics), and then follow his advice anyway.

    Why the slap?

    The Christian scriptures advice Christians to “speak the truth in love”. The hidden wisdom of this admonition is that a person who deigns to tell you “the truth” in a way that demeans your spirit and your personhood is lying to you in the worst way.

    I acknowledge that I share the outrage at the sellout nature of African leadership, African intellectuals, and others in position to do something about it… however, I will not permit for some fictional character to pretend to tell me something new when completely denying the obvious:

    The “individual” African reformer (Sankara, Nkrumah, Lumumba) invariably gets assassinated.

    The “brute” African usurper of power (Idi Amin and others), are continually escorted into power with the help of Western powers.

    You are no Bwana! You are a parasite and will go the way of the parasites.

    For me to listen to “this white man” is to ignore other well-intentioned white men who are not sticking a knife into my country, but who shine the light on the truth equally brightly.

    Don’t wrap lies in false assumptions and feed them to me as truth. I won’t eat them.

    Gogo
    African Innovation Project Network

  215. Otuogbodor,Okeibunor.

    Exciting article n mind provoking, annoyingly truthful for repeatedly we raise a our hands with our statues in varied field to enslave ourselves.we use our education,awards,recognition to throw stones on our market places forgetting that our brother, sister or even our mother is there. we take pride in consuming our heritage away each time we pump up wine and uncork that bottle of beer or even soft drinks. The indian, chinas etc, they got and learn the same education but did not loose there language n culture, nay senses, they learn the’Bwana’ way, in the ‘Bwana’ tongue but used there tongue to interpret n assimilate. We pride ‘ourself’ selling ours to them for bottles and watch our brothers son die in hunger and poverty, we cruise in borrowed luxury forgetting our fresh air n red earth.” I’ve got ph.d, i’ve won a nobel prize”, this fellowship, that recognition; fantastic! Did n’t we dance and rejoice, even proclaim a market n farm free day to welcome and celebrate your exploit in ‘Bwana’s land, Whot did we get? … long, incomprehensible and inapplicable policy backed up with excess n multiple taxation that takes away our mothers farm yard and seeded them to you, mr intellectual, HAVARD and yYALE graduate. thank you, we re now HAVARD-azadouse and YALE-ing. Wake brother! wake sister! WAKE-UP!!! Lets find our inspiration within us for us. this is the only reason we got our recognitions,awards n education.

  216. aldo525

    1st and foremost, Africans have NEVER been lazy! (esp. as a group) So cease the mad rush to criticize them/us/children of the Diaspora because of misbegotten states of want, lack, corruption & the blinded self-interests of political & ethnic factions which cripples self-esteem, moral fiber & progress for the common good (of various nations or the continent).
    2nd this piece reads like fiction – is it? – although these realities exist throughout the continent; I’ve even been party to snippets of exchanges like these.
    & 3rd, frankly, I will not be dispirited by remarks meant to disparage the ongoing efforts, struggles, accomplishments & failures (seeming & real) of your/our peoples. Yes, demand more accountability, imagine greater & expect brighter futures for the masses. The west or developed world’s opinion about Africa in general, Zambia in particular is none of our business. But yes, we can take lessons from others and enhance our lives. Also remember that it has never been a level playing field.

    1. Nana Adwoa Bondzi

      aldo525……. yours is the most balanced response I have read so far. I wholly agree with u.
      I choose to keep the faith and remain positive, while working towards the goal, ofcourse. Africa’s day is coming!

  217. maina

    I was completely curious and angry at first but the more i read the more interesting it became. I agree with walter that mst Africans goes for big titles like phd n masters abroad, which when they returns back to African turns them to be piece of papers. Someone in my country with the little knowledge he had invented or rather built an aerloplane n when he mentioned the day 4 it to fly all the media researchers were there. It took off about 100metres be4 failing but what do u think happened after that, He was frown away by the whites up to date. And all this the government was still watching. Can’t our govt nature this talents we have n support us locally without being interupted externally? Wake up Africans n lets do something.

  218. Mungala

    I have read a number of Fields writings and I have to credit them for the fundamental truths they carry but I have problem with people who write to inspire others but choose not to take the leap themselves. Over the years I’ve seen dozens of Field Ruwes they have a lot of analysis a lot to say but no guts to come back home to Zambia and attempt to make this difference they expect someone else to do it. Primarily this someone else is the government but what is the government but a reprisentation of people like Field? We are the government you and me, Nothing changes because you and I do not change sitting at a computer and writing papers that stir peoples emotions is as useless as writing a comic book tht tells people they could have superpowers. Field once wrote a paper about his gutsy peers who are now ministers etc I really liked it because though he made it clear he had a greater intellectual capacity than them they had made it to leadership positions because they had taken a leap whilst he sat in the comfort of the US over analysing issues they did something unfortunately they failed because they lacked what field had gained abroad-intellectual prowess and academic insight also just plain experience of a developed culture. My own best friend Magic is an intellectual power house but when he speaks of Zambia he speaks of a sad place that cannot change-instead of attributing this lack of change to his absence and the fact the he is not there making a difference he also blames past governments and people past ingnoring the fact that we have increased the size of this intellectual gap but being afraid to go home and make the leap. We are cynical about our country but totally oblivous to the fact that we are a major part of the problem, we sit on the innovation our country needs in foreign countries enjoying simple ammenities we could provide in our own if only we were not afraid to go back and try. We fear that our degrees and PHDs are useless unless we “know someone,who knows someone” I was like that till I came home and realised that just the way I thought about issues and approached problems improved them. Just my being at home and applying the little things I’d pick up whilst studying could change the way things were done my insight increased value of the way people did their work just because I felt it wasn’t good enough and stated my distaste for their nonchalant attitude towards getting shit done. So African intellectuals advising from a distance get out of your comfort zones and your high horses and come and get your hands dirty instead of whining come and be heard, zambians are very impressionable and you can make more of a difference than you think you can but just trying. Ask not what you country has done for you but what you can do for your country and do it.

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  220. Mungala

    I have read a number of Fields writings and I have to credit them for the fundamental truths they carry but I have a problem with people who write to inspire others but choose not to take the leap themselves. Over the years I’ve seen dozens of Field Ruwes they have a lot of analysis a lot to say but no guts to come back home to Zambia and attempt to make this difference they expect someone else to do it. They expect someone else to get their hands dirty and create comfort so they can just come and fall onto it. Primarily this someone else is the government but what is the government but a representation of people like Field? We are the government you and me, Nothing changes because you and I do not change sitting at a computer and writing papers that stir peoples emotions is as useless as writing a comic book that tells people they could have superpowers. Field once wrote a paper about his gutsy peers who are now ministers etc I really liked it because though he made it clear he had a greater intellectual capacity than them they had made it to leadership positions because they had taken a leap whilst he sat in the comfort of the US over analysing issues they did something about Zambia issues and took office unfortunately they failed because they lacked what field had gained abroad-intellectual prowess and academic insight also just plain experience of a developed culture. My own best friend Magic is an intellectual power house but when he speaks of Zambia he speaks of a sad place that cannot change-instead of attributing this lack of change to his absence and the fact the he is not there making a difference he also blames past governments and people past ignoring the fact that we have increased the size of this intellectual gap but being afraid to go home and make the leap. We so called intellectuals abroad cry over spilt milk, we cna change the fact that KaundWa over stay oe are cynical about our country or that Chiluba and Banda stole,We can open our eyes and stop being or pretending to be totally oblivous to the fact that we are a major part of the problem, we sit on the innovation our country needs in foreign countries enjoying simple ammenities we could provide in our own countries if only we were not afraid to go back and try. We fear that our degrees and PHDs are useless unless we “know someone,who knows someone” I was like that till I came home and realised that just the way I thought about issues and approached problems could potentially improve them because quite simply my hiatus from home gave me the priviliage of thinking differently the essential element in progress is the ability to think differently.We the diaspora know more than we think we know and have more power to change our countries than we think we have. Just my being at home and applying the little things I’d picked up whilst studying could change the way things were done. Our insight increased value of the way people did their work just because I felt it wasn’t good enough and stated my distaste for their nonchalant attitude towards getting shit done. So African intellectuals advising from a distance get out of your comfort zones and off your high horses and come and get your hands dirty instead of whining. Don’t expect someone else to make your country efficient its up to you, come and be heard, zambians are very impressionable and you can make more of a difference than you think you can but just trying.I’ve bn reading newpapers at home and quite frankly they are shit they lack the wonderful etiquette with which Field writes his articles why not come and put that great retoric to good use in a local paper? Ask not what you country has done for you but what you can do for your country and do it.

  221. Ezekiel Atewojaye

    African Intellectuals in a Progressive Community

    Those people with good ideas and innovation without the backing of the Government in power are wasting their time in Africa. It reach the peak in the hay day of the Military rule in Nigeria which forced Wole Soyinka a Nobel Prize Winner to declared openly that we are wasted generation. Wasted generation; not because the whole generation got no knowledge of what to do or what not to do. Not because the whole generation does not know the importance of developments and modern technological knowhow. Not because the whole generation does not know the importance of education and training. Not because the whole generation does not know the importance of true freedom and good governance.
    But the whole generation is being wasted because those in position of power are autocratic, ruthless and at times like people to be yes-men even when they are given them wrong directives and also ruling them with oppressive and obsolete laws and decrees. These rulers does not accept ‘No’ for answer they are not ready for debate, discussion or negotiation. They are not ready to entertain any opposing views not even giving rooms for adjustment or amendment. They feel threatened whenever someone give them new idea on how to reduce the cost or control wastes. Whenever they deal with intellectuals they go along with the ones they can control through which they instruct them on what they want and what to do, they do this just to get intellectual rubber stamp on their selfish programme. Any of them that are too brilliant and highly progressive or vocal will be stigmatised and called names. It is true that some of our intellectuals are not forceful in their drive that does not mean that they lack confident. It is true that some of them may not be smart looking but that does not meant that they are too shy and sluggish to make things work if given opportunity and authority. It is one thing to qualify while it is another thing to capable. Africa have got so many intellectuals of world class standard but most of them work under artificial chains created by reactionaries political class in their home countries, with dangerous elites, social and anti social group. Some of these political leaders were groomed by our colonial masters because there are many evidences that point to the fact that though the colonial masters go but they did not let go their previous territory. I cannot blame them for this because A farmer will not forget a place where he got a big snail free of charge, he will always like to have a glimpse. They got us so cheap it is high time for us to upgrade our value by reorganising our selves through a comprehensive reorganisation of our market and stalls. This could mean redrawing of our maps and creating of new boundaries in which there will be proper Nation/s with self rule and proof of belongings through which there will be proper accountabilities from any leader/s in position of authority under new progressive African Nations. How do we go about this without bloodshed? The fact that there is no shedding of blood when most of these countries were being formed by Europeans should also meant that they should redraw their map peacefully. Some of those big countries should appreciate that it is better to be peaceful neighbours in different Nations than being troublesome family unit under the same multinational country.

  222. IsthaMista

    This shit is too real. I’m always tellin my peeps how I have an issue with the way our people think and wok. Many of us get educated only to leave our countries bare and we blame our corrupt leaders and the like yet we don’t know how to come together toward a cooperative effort to better things for ourselves. Instead we llok down upon eachother n refuse to see eachother prosper. We would rather commend and support people of different race n return to complain bout them tho we seem to be dependant on em. Till we realise we r capable of these things and act on the realisation well stay 3rd world.

  223. Kondwani Kamiyala

    Lords of Poverty is one of the great books I have ever read. It puts to light their thought, which is mirrored in Walter’s ideas. Thought-provoking writing

  224. Julius

    Ver true, not only for Zambia but the entire Sub-Saharan Africa. This is mirrored all over. Am a Kenyan and for a moment I thought I was reading about Kenya. Indeed now that we are approaching elections as Kenyan’s, lets think along the lines of an innovation driven leaders for the next phase of our country under the new Constitutional dispensation.

  225. kinghlayi

    The post said nothing new, we know the wealth we sitting on as a continent, we know how many excuses we have for our stance in the world. Africa has many people with very high education and are being innovative elsewhere but here. I am just shocked that most of the responses received the post as a shock to their system. We have known that we are not doing much to improve our countries with our education, we often sight political instability as an excuse. Whatever the case, we are not doing much for our continent to compete in the world stage though the potential is there. In a couple of years to come I am sure someone will post a similar article and we will still just comment and nothing will come of it just like I seriously doubt that anything will come from this unless we can put our resources and contacts together as bloggers and challenge ourselves to having project that we can assist our communities and then form a forum where we report the progress and help each other with ideas. just trash talking each other will not solve the problem.

  226. tmwendwa

    This article is so spot on. I actually agree with how Walter put it across. We are so used to being told things nicely and yet when we get is as it is we complain.
    Challenge accepted.

  227. tapewa

    we are truly in the Rat race..am crying already in my heart. this has to change!!!!!!!!! stand up for Zambia

  228. Ced

    Well,
    I am not sure how i would have reacted… But I sure would have agreed with him. Africa has issues, it is no news today.
    But, without making any excuses…. i sure would not have let him go without mentioning that he should not be proud of telling stories about his greediness… him offering the carrot to African leaders is what makes them comfortable and kills any incentive they might have to encourage local and relevant innovation. A good question to him would have been… how many “so-called superior ” american engineers do american universities graduate each year ???…. I bet 90% of them are international students mostly from Africa or Asia… who all after graduation value the transfer of wealth back home (which i agree is not a sustainable “model”) more than the local economic development……all that because the political climate is just not favorable, and their carrots do not help….
    Apart from the world best financial scandals like the meadoff case.. or the design of mortgaged backed securities which for me are excellent proxies for their greediness… i’m not sure how good they are either….. given that a big chunk of what is invented on this territory is invented by immigrants of sons of immigrants. He said he saw women crushing stones and selling them and he wept ????… yet he had no remorse when handing the “carrot”…
    The USA’s independence was in 1776 about 180 years before the average African country was independent .. at least officially…what i wish it was clearly documented what it was like in these developed countries.. 180 years before their independence (for those that were really colonized)… i’m sure on the same scale.. Africa would be far better off….
    Anyways….
    It just amazed me how proud he sounded.

    Full disclosure.. I am a PhD candidate in Finance.. ..and i don’t think Africans are lazy….things did not change in the US or in Europe overnight.. it took time, and they had no carrots coming to them.. which provided them with serious incentives… I just wish we had the same.

  229. Glorya Rutto

    Africans lazy?i beg to differ.it’s hard down here;everyday i see women and children,barefoot,carrying water toiling in the farms,and that’s in the rural areas.in the towns,EVERYONE is working to make that measly 1$ a day to eat.to call Africans lazy is shallow,unfair and plain wrong.

    1. Gail Welch, Director of CoolWater Projects and former missionary to Sierra Leone

      You are right. And I am not African. I think the word ‘lazy’ is not right to use. I would NEVER call any African I know lazy. NEVER. When everything, and I mean everything, is difficult, it is hard accomplish much. There are psychological areas not addressed in this article, areas like discouragement, weariness, continuous poor health, just to mention a few.
      But the points of this article are good and should be taken into consideration by all everywhere, and calling someone lazy can be a strong motivator, huh? (Don’t think there is a real “Walter”, by the way ; D).

  230. Rain

    Africa is rich in heritage and the people are precious. African people have a huge positive impact on the cultures within the US and I resent that this narrow minded piece of garbage who spoke in the article would ever be allowed to represent white peoples. But be wise in knowing there are those who stand where he does and do be ready…but there are far more whites who would stand against this corruption and gladly fight beside the black man for another civil war if needed…we did it once within the US and it would happen again if our beloved black families were threatened largescale. How dare this so called educated piece of sh@# try to represent anything that I am a part of.

  231. Esen

    I completely agree. If he really cares so much and hates the poverty he sees, why doesn’t he stop working in these organizations that he knows are raping the ‘poor people?’ Why doesn’t he talk to the leaders he has access to? It actually feels like his is a case of spewing his self hatred – for he knows he is rich from the rape of the land – on the black man in the plane. As in the more he criticizes the better he will feel, maybe for a while, as he convinces himself he has done a little to alleviate his guilt, shame and participation.

    Yet these same westerners who spite the black man’s laziness will never allow a strong president to put his natural resources to his country’s use. That will be an affront to them and the result? A manipulation of tribal sentiments and a support of a puppet president who will sell his people and do their bidding.

    Yet I blame us. We sell ourselves. We are indeed divided and still overwhelmed by white skin and the thought that they are better. Hopefully when we read this we will wake up. Maybe there is a future African president reading this who will remember when he or she is in power that no matter how much money they have, how often they travel to western countries, they are still seen as part of the black race that is at the bottom of the totem pole. Maybe they will remember and help their people.

    As for me, responsible for my person that i can control, at night i do not party. I brain storm and i am working on my dreams. By God’s grace they will succeed and if my success inspires one more black person to go do it, then i am happy. Whether here or in the land of Africa.

  232. Incredulous

    The beginning of laziness is to not even have the grace to learn proper grammar and spelling. “Precautious”?

  233. liz KK

    Reminds me of book ‘the capitalist Nigger’.Food for thought and making us go to places we would rather not but it is time we did. We are not fooling anyone living in the burbs,behaving like we grew up with seafoods,attending etiquette classes,our children attending the so called international schools because a ‘twang’ means ‘clever’ (sic) when majority of our relatives are stll fetching water from the river and we have the know how and the networks. This article and many like this should stir us up to want to ACT even in the smallest of ways. Munjiru Kariuki

  234. Kwadwo Antwi- Boasiako

    Marcus Garvey once wondered why anytime a black man came before the presence of a white man, he (the black man) had to bow to the latter. From the comments posted above, I could say about 99 percent of we young Africans responding to this feed are committing the same “crime” by agreeing with ‘Racist’ Walter that he (representing the white race) is superior to the black..What a pity! And O, let no one tell me to read the article carefully, i have done more than that . To those of you who might have a problem with my reference to Walter as a racist, pls check this

    “..and yet i feel superior” , was what he said to refresh your memory. … “Every white person on this plane feels superior to a black person. The white guy who picks up garbage, the homeless white trash on drugs, feels superior to you no matter his status or education. I can pick up a nincompoop from the New York streets, clean him up, and take him to Lusaka and you all be crowding around him chanting muzungu, muzungu and yet he’s a riffraff. Tell me why my angry friend”. he continued, and yet we are proud enough to salute him for telling us such baloney. we should all bow our heads in shame.
    One of the reasons cited for the colonization of Africa by the “colonial thieves and robbers” and not masters as they prefer to be called was that Africans are not capable of handling their own affairs and that there was the need for the African to be rescued from his own inefficient self . Thus, psychological and emotional attack of the black man’s mind and self confidence has always remained part of the subtle warring strategies of some whites such as Walter who feel insecure in the presence of a black man. And suddenly,sadly, the attention now is on the hardworking African graduate or scholar with all attempts being made by Walter and his cohorts to discredit such noble achievement in the field f academia by an African
    First, cast in the mold authors like Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel described Africans as “barbaric and savages with weak or non existent moral sentiments”(Hegel,The philosophy of history).. if Hegel had been in the position of Walter on that plane sitting next to Field, i wonder if many of you guys would not have applauded him simply because he is an obroni, a Bwana, a muzungu, an oyibo or a chindele . Now that the truth is out about all men , black or white being equal and each being assessed by his own strengths and weaknesses, Walter is telling us that it is of no use for a black African to have PhD and attain a greater height in higher education and that they are the woes of the continent because they do not invent machines to crush stones, “You my friend flying with me and all your kind are lazy,” he said. “When you rest your head on the pillow you don’t dream big. You and other so-called African intellectuals are damn lazy, each one of you. It is you, and not those poor starving people, who is the reason Africa is in such a deplorable state.” Walter, how dare you say this when you and your people made it a point to eliminate leaders like PATRICE LUMUMBA and KWAME NKRUMAH and other visionary leaders the continent once had only to turn around and plant continental disgraceful breed of a leader like Mobutu Sesesko in the case of the former. you heaped praises on him when it was conspicuous he was stealing his country’s money.. We are wild awake now so please save your early morning crow of asking us(Africans) to wake up. My only worry is when these same African intellectuals who are supposed to know better and bring out some of these issues in the face of our dear Walter suddenly become dumb and refuse to talk simply because they are sitting next to a Walter. Field has a B.A in Mass Comm and Journalism and an M.A in history for crying out . But on this fine New Year’s eve while (soon to be) Dr. Field was airborne thousands of feet in the belly of this metallic bird of a plane which Walter had laid claim to as a result of his color, he had been reduced to a mere listening machine saying proudly to himself how it pays to be a good listener.And O Walt,lest i forget, between inventing machines for crushing stones and fair world trade policies such as cutting huge subsidies to your farmers to produce cheap goods and flooding them on the so called “global market” which the African(un subsidized) farmer stands not an iota of a chance to compete, I prefer the latter.
    Thank God Walter openly confessed the “diabolic’ intents of he and his former employers, the I.M.F ( a calculated cancer that was intentionally set up to saddle African countries with huge loans and debts under the pretense and disguise of easy accessible loans and its associated Structural Adjustment Programs to ”help rebuild” the economies of the recipient countries, just as the Burger Kings and the McDonalds keep the Akwasi Broni(white man) disproportionately blown out of size and obese.
    “I was part of the IMF group that came to rip you guys off”, he sneered proudly and quite unashamedly. This is the kind of person you guys are hailing.
    Have we asked ourselves why Walter and people who think like him are always quick to ask us not to blame the woes of the continent on slavery and colonialism?….“Please don’t blame it on slavery like the African Americans do, or colonialism, or some psychological impact or some kind of stigmatization. And don’t give me the brainwash poppycock. Give me a better answer.” …This is my better answer Walter. Shillington says a total of 12 million people were taken captive out of Africa in the 300 years that followed 1532 ( Shillington,History of Africa).. i know this means nothing to you and cannot be a better answer but to us it will always be the one of the four legs on which the table stood that was broken off..in spite of this, we still keep the keep the table standing. pause for a second to think about the qualitative effects of all these people if they had remained on the continent. Even Bill Freund who asserts in his book (The Making of Contemporary Africa) that ” it is hard to measure the qualitative loss of slaves to Africa” agrees that slaves played a major role in the accumulation of capital which helped to fuel the Industrial Revolution and the building of the new owrld which you are so much proud of. As for colonialism Walter, you have no moral justification to bring this topic up since the thief has no right to tell the owner of the item he stole that he stole the item because of where it was placed

    myself and the few young Africans who think like me have and will unambiguously continue to reject the fascist twaddle of white supremacy since all men regardless of color are created in the image of God.

  235. Kingsley Antwi-Boasiako

    Marcus Garvey once wondered why anytime a black man came before the presence of a white man, he (the black man) had to bow to the latter. From the comments posted above, I could say about 99 percent of we young Africans responding to this feed are committing the same “crime” by agreeing with ‘Racist’ Walter that he (representing the white race) is superior to the black..What a pity! And O, let no one tell me to read the article carefully, i have done more than that . To those of you who might have a problem with my reference to Walter as a racist, pls check this

    “..and yet i feel superior” , was what he said to refresh your memory. … “Every white person on this plane feels superior to a black person. The white guy who picks up garbage, the homeless white trash on drugs, feels superior to you no matter his status or education. I can pick up a nincompoop from the New York streets, clean him up, and take him to Lusaka and you all be crowding around him chanting muzungu, muzungu and yet he’s a riffraff. Tell me why my angry friend”. he continued, and yet we are proud enough to salute him for telling us such baloney. we should all bow our heads in shame.
    One of the reasons cited for the colonization of Africa by the “colonial thieves and robbers” and not masters as they prefer to be called was that Africans are not capable of handling their own affairs and that there was the need for the African to be rescued from his own inefficient self . Thus, psychological and emotional attack of the black man’s mind and self confidence has always remained part of the subtle warring strategies of some whites such as Walter who feel insecure in the presence of a black man. And suddenly,sadly, the attention now is on the hardworking African graduate or scholar with all attempts being made by Walter and his cohorts to discredit such noble achievement in the field f academia by an African
    First, cast in the mold authors like Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel described Africans as “barbaric and savages with weak or non existent moral sentiments”(Hegel,The philosophy of history).. if Hegel had been in the position of Walter on that plane sitting next to Field, i wonder if many of you guys would not have applauded him simply because he is an obroni, a Bwana, a muzungu, an oyibo or a chindele . Now that the truth is out about all men , black or white being equal and each being assessed by his own strengths and weaknesses, Walter is telling us that it is of no use for a black African to have PhD and attain a greater height in higher education and that they are the woes of the continent because they do not invent machines to crush stones, “You my friend flying with me and all your kind are lazy,” he said. “When you rest your head on the pillow you don’t dream big. You and other so-called African intellectuals are damn lazy, each one of you. It is you, and not those poor starving people, who is the reason Africa is in such a deplorable state.” Walter, how dare you say this when you and your people made it a point to eliminate leaders like PATRICE LUMUMBA and KWAME NKRUMAH and other visionary leaders the continent once had only to turn around and plant continental disgraceful breed of a leader like Mobutu Sesesko in the case of the former. you heaped praises on him when it was conspicuous he was stealing his country’s money.. We are wild awake now so please save your early morning crow of asking us(Africans) to wake up. My only worry is when these same African intellectuals who are supposed to know better and bring out some of these issues in the face of our dear Walter suddenly become dumb and refuse to talk simply because they are sitting next to a Walter. Field has a B.A in Mass Comm and Journalism and an M.A in history for crying out . But on this fine New Year’s eve while (soon to be) Dr. Field was airborne thousands of feet in the belly of this metallic bird of a plane which Walter had laid claim to as a result of his color, he had been reduced to a mere listening machine saying proudly to himself how it pays to be a good listener.And O Walt,lest i forget, between inventing machines for crushing stones and fair world trade policies such as cutting huge subsidies to your farmers to produce cheap goods and flooding them on the so called “global market” which the African(un subsidized) farmer stands not an iota of a chance to compete, I prefer the latter.
    Thank God Walter openly confessed the “diabolic’ intents of he and his former employers, the I.M.F ( a calculated cancer that was intentionally set up to saddle African countries with huge loans and debts under the pretense and disguise of easy accessible loans and its associated Structural Adjustment Programs to ”help rebuild” the economies of the recipient countries, just as the Burger Kings and the McDonalds keep the Akwasi Broni(white man) disproportionately blown out of size and obese.
    “I was part of the IMF group that came to rip you guys off”, he sneered proudly and quite unashamedly. This is the kind of person you guys are hailing.
    Have we asked ourselves why Walter and people who think like him are always quick to ask us not to blame the woes of the continent on slavery and colonialism?….“Please don’t blame it on slavery like the African Americans do, or colonialism, or some psychological impact or some kind of stigmatization. And don’t give me the brainwash poppycock. Give me a better answer.” …This is my better answer Walter. Shillington says a total of 12 million people were taken captive out of Africa in the 300 years that followed 1532 ( Shillington,History of Africa).. i know this means nothing to you and cannot be a better answer but to us it will always be the one of the four legs on which the table stood that was broken off..in spite of this, we still keep the keep the table standing. pause for a second to think about the qualitative effects of all these people if they had remained on the continent. Even Bill Freund who asserts in his book (The Making of Contemporary Africa) that ” it is hard to measure the qualitative loss of slaves to Africa” agrees that slaves played a major role in the accumulation of capital which helped to fuel the Industrial Revolution and the building of the new owrld which you are so much proud of. As for colonialism Walter, you have no moral justification to bring this topic up since the thief has no right to tell the owner of the item he stole that he stole the item because of where it was placed

    myself and the few young Africans who think like me have and will unambiguously continue to reject the fascist twaddle of white supremacy since all men regardless of color are created in the image of God.

    1. Outraged

      Thank you!! You are one of the few who actually sees this for the racist claptrap it is and not bowing before the oh so magnificent and wise Walter. I really am shocked by the silliness of most comments. You can check out my comment much further below.(25th January 6:39pm)
      Exactly, Walter and all his ilk are thieves who offer ‘solutions’ so they can come and steal some more.
      I don’t think Walter is real, I think the author made him up.

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  237. clarahh

    The truth is indeed bitter, we Africans need to change our attitude,especially in the way we see things.Our politicians too need to c

    1. Outraged

      It would help without all the subsidies given by Western countries and they dump their excess goods in Africa, flood the market and destroy African business yet complain when China does the same to them.
      The truth is bitter but the truth offered by Walter is mere self justifaction for the raping, looting, banditry and thievery of African’s resources. It’s like a snake coming in sneakily to steal eggs while the hens blame each other because the snake said so.

  238. lethu

    I love walter with all my heart. Its true, its not about the skin. I salute him for his bold courage, rather he had not been harsh, An african would have not woken up ! Instead you see intellectuals showing off with alcohol on social networkin sites like facebook..disgusting for years !!! love the author. well written

  239. brandfreshMs

    A good piece that serves to highlight the perception of Africa and African that ‘we’ Africans grapple with here in the diaspora. But instead of navel gazing and blaming God or waiting for him to intervene, or blame the west, the whites, the drought, our leaders, the wars, the evil spirits, colonialism, racism, slavery – the fundamental truth of the matter remains. Why aren’t we harnessing our own creativity. Africans are creative bunch and not lazy at all.

    Just as our great great grandfathers stood against colonialism, we should now stand against forces that have held us back. In short, this is an ideal time for revolution of all sorts. Time that we control the destiny for change can happen so quickly that we will kick ourselves for not having acted earlier.

  240. Mohamed

    We have found a SIMPLE cure for HIV/AIDS.

    It was a joint effort and we have cures documentation on hand (scientific).

    Walter is wrong but he may not be ready to know why. I am sorry he feels superior. I hope when Africa is in the lead she does not feel superior. When she leads she will do so with firm compassion.

    1. Outraged

      It would help without all the subsidies given by Western countries as they dump their excess goods in Africa, flood the market and destroy African business yet complain when China does the same to them.
      The truth is bitter but the truth offered by Walter is mere self justification for the raping, looting, banditry and thievery of African’s resources. It’s like a snake coming in sneakily to steal eggs while the hens blame each other because the snake said so and say the snake speaks truth. I’m sure the fictititious Walter even believes what he says.

  241. adijat

    Its really an eye opener ‎​Α̲̅πϑ ‎​ a challenge τ̅☺ all african graduates τ̅☺ make our countries better.we should stop blaming the government ‎​Α̲̅πϑ ‎​ look at ourselves (•͡_ •͡,ask questions ‎​Α̲̅πϑ ‎​ question if truly we are playing our part as the human resource of any nation.

  242. thafero

    How so bluntly true!! Not to mean only Africans are lazy, but we lack behind for sure. Forget Walter….get the challenge…get up and work smart!

  243. thafero

    How so bluntly true!! Not to mean only Africans are lazy, but we lag behind for sure. Forget Walter….get the challenge…get up and work smart!

  244. wilfred

    Lazy? No! Our problem is that we are FATALISTIC, GREEDY, PROBLEM-CENTRIC and FOREIGN-BEHOLDEN. Fatalistic – what has been will be and will always be; there’s nothing I can do to change fate and destiny. Greedy – get wealthy the shortest time and way possible; hence our political leaders sell our wealth to the highest kickback bidder. PROBLEM-CENTRIC – we are problem-centric, not solution-centric. For every problem we look for someone or something to blame; we don’t seek solutions. FOREIGN-BEHOLDEN – someone else (usually a ‘white’ person) has the answer, I don’t know how. My salvation comes from abroad. Why do we always have perennial problems year in, year out? Floods, droughts, famine, violence; they are all predictable and seasonal. We struggle to have good roads when someone has put a gadget on Mars to determine life possibilities. We are not lazy. We simply don’t know and don’t care to know how to work strategically, effectively, productively, efficiently, innovatively and sustainably. MY SOLUTION: Be solution-centric – for every problem you encounter, ask: what is the cause and what is the solution and how can I eliminate it in the shortest time possible? Be innovative – how else can I do this in a fresh, interesting, unique way? (Forget Intellectual Property Rights for a moment otherwise you’ll be paralysed with legalese.and never innovate). Guard your natural wealth jealously for your brother and sister – allow no foreigner to bribe you into fighting your brother just so they get access to our wealth and give you a pittance. Be proud of being African – get over any inferiority complex by asserting your own capabilities, talents, skills, knowledges, wealth and beauty.

  245. wilfred

    MY SOLUTION: Be solution-centric – for every problem you encounter, ask: what is the cause and what is the solution and how can I eliminate it in the shortest time possible? Be innovative – how else can I do this in a fresh, interesting, unique way? (Forget Intellectual Property Rights for a moment otherwise you’ll be paralysed with legalese.and never innovate). Guard your natural wealth jealously for your brother and sister – allow no foreigner to bribe you into fighting your brother just so they get access to our wealth and give you a pittance. Be proud of being African – get over any inferiority complex by asserting your own capabilities, talents, skills, knowledges, wealth and beauty.

  246. AK Murunga

    Dear Good people

    The problem in Africa is with every African. If every African puts in his best in whatever field he is and whatever station of life he is occupying it will bring in the improvements in Africa’s fortune’s that we all desire. And the good news is that there are African’s already doing their utmost be they politicians, Doctors, Engineers or peasant farmers. The bad news is that they are not enough of them.

    I do agree with the sentiments that like in every organisation it the ones occupying the higher stations politicians and the intelligentsia, for instance who can make the bigger impact. But we must remember that all are needed to make the impact we seek and in any case it is the ones at the bottom of the rungs of the ladder who allow the ones at the top to get lazy by not demanding enough from them.

    Regards

  247. jct.

    Much as what this article says is true,the tone of it sounds more political than more developmental. The final remarks of the article paint the impression that this whole thing is just a sponcered piece of propaganda, with some political interests fully backing it up. It somewhat makes me feel like it was the re-surfacing of Chanda Chimba the reloaded. i highly appreciate the incite but its not in the best interest of the poor zambian, thats my verdict on this whole interesting and passionate stories.

  248. Catherine

    The comment above says “it has never been a level playing field”. Taking up on that point, I think you need to consider the words “class” and “gender” in the equation. From my experiences and observations I see that all problems and prejudices are in all countries but it is just a matter of degree. The countries that have achieved the highest standards of living are generally those where class is almost nonexistent and gender is almost equal. I would also like to make the point that I think there are many many many examples of African female intellectuals that have made enormous strides in standing up for their nations and changing the state of play for the benefit of all. Leymah Gbowee and Wangari Mathaai come to mind. Maybe an African feminist revolution is called for!

  249. Princess Ailitto (@AmeeraBlitz)

    Did this actually happen? No, seriously.
    I’m trying to work out the probability of a Zambian getting onto a domestic flight in the US and meeting up with a former IMF official who lived in Zambia and having this conversation after midnight..

    That being said, it made for an interesting read. Thought provoking. Be it based on fact or fiction..

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  251. Nick Gite

    This Africa bashing does not help anyone. While i agree with the Mzungu, have you not asked him why he finds pleasure coming to “fish away” what he knows is not his. Is he not stealing simple ideas from Africa and modifying them to big things? Taking advantage of poor africans(poor for whatever reason-laziness, bad policies etc)? Doesn’t it sound as extortionist just as it is true?. Then if Africans are lazy(and lazy is relative) then the mzungu is a “thief” and so for genuine change to happen: THE LAZY MUST WORK HARD, AND THOSE WHO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE POOR MUST STOP. Africa’s development must be complemented by a stoppage of the west’s extortion.

  252. Gideon Kumwenda

    WHAT! Africans as totaly penniless,needy,destitute,poverty stricken and none innovative. Well yes and mostly no.Our leaders eg Mugabe,Ghadafi,Mubuto,Chiluba,Obasenjo and more are/were billionaires.There riches came from Africa and went to develope the so called 1st world.Our intellectuals are headhunted to the same worlds.Africans lets wake-up.we have Oil,good land, minirals .If have a job pls buy land or business and employ 5 or other people in your lifetime. Plant one or more fruit trees in your lietime. African MDs start sharing your knowledge on how to cure HIV. We can change Africa in less than 10yrs with one voice..Lets reduce fighting and start enjoy changing Africa not just for ourslves but for generations to come.

  253. Rogers Kyeyune

    Wow!!! This is a wakeup call to all Africans, it is time to re-think and provide solutions to our problems, rather than waiting for the donations, and blaming the colonial masters. Thank you very much for articulating your thoughts.

  254. Gerald Msoni Chimtenje

    When you take serious considerations Walter is right. But at the same time he ist the most stupid idiot I have heard about. He has forgoten that his relatives in that skin of his are the ones that once they dangle the carrot they keep our Intellectuals caged. Chiluba was worse he sold all the assets developed by Kaunda. I have grown up in the Tourism industry and his kind have manipulated the industry to a level where Zambian have no stake in the industry. I now see why Mugabe behaves like that. Thanks Field Ruwe

  255. Gideon Kumwenda

    Lets not remain employed till retirement. Lets be become employers by atleast 45yrs. Train others well to succed you. lets share all we know and become proud of our contrbution to Africa and world as a whole.Love God & then your neighbor.Don”t be greedy. CHANGE.

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  257. SARA T NANGOLO

    THE ONLY WAY ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS IS WITH THE ABILITY TO MOBILIZE THE NECASSARY RESOURCES ( CASH, POOLED MINDS AND DETERMINATION) INTO RESULTS. PRIVATE SECTOR INVOLVEMENT IS AT THE HEART OF THAT CASH BASE. AND FOR AS LONG AS YOU HAVE WHITES( IN SOUTHERN AFRICA ESP.) CONTROLLING THAT PRIVATE SECTOR( ESP. FINANCE AND MINING), THEN ALL THE POOLED MINDS AND DETERMINATION REMAINS CAPTURED IN LITERATURE ACCESSIBLE TO FEW. WE ARE TOO DEPENDANT ON GOVERNMENT (WHOSE ROLE IS TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT CONDUSIVE TO SPUR ECONOMIC ACTIVITY) , THE VERY SAME GOVERNMENT CAUGHT UP IN THE VICIOUS CYCLE OF DEBT REPAYMENTS AT RATES AND CONDITIONS THAT KEEP IT ENSNARED, THE SAME GOVT ENTICED BY FDI DISGUISED TO DUMP EXPATS, MACHINARY (ALL INPUTS BROUGHT IN FROM ABROAD AND CONSTITUTES A BIG CHUNK OF SUCH INFLOW), VERY SAME GOVT LED TO BELIEVE IT MUST KEEP UP WITH THE WEST AT THE EXPENSE OF DIRECT INTERVENTION TO UPLIFT ITS POOR, IS THIS THE GOVERNMENT U WANT TO DEPEND ON, ITS ALREADY WAIST DEEP IN THE WATERS FOR NO MATTER HOW IT IMPROVES, THE CAPATILIST WORLD IN WHICH IT OPERTATES ( WORLD BANK, IMF, CAPITAL MARKETS) FROM WHICH IT MUST RAISE CAPITAL, THAT WORLD WILL ALWAYS GIVE IT A LOW CREDIT RATING, ALWAYS REQUIRE IT TO PAY PREMUIM, FOR IT WILL ALWAYS PERCIEVE IT AS RISKY. IT WAS DESIGNED THAT WAY. SO THEN IN SOUTEHRN AFRICA ALLOW YOUR GOVERNMENS TO PUT MEASURES IN PLACE TO KEEP THEIR PORTFOLIO FLOWS IN THEIR VERY OWN DOMESTIC MARKETS, LETS USE OUR CAPITAL TO FUND ENTREPRENEURSHIP. LET’S BELIEVE IN THE MEME DOWN THE ROAD WHO NEEDS START UP CAPITAL FOR HER BUSINESS. SME’S ARE INVALUABLE. LET’S ENFORCE AA AND TRY TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD IN CERTAIN SECTORS SO WE MAY GEAR CSR TOWARDS OUR NEEDS, MENTOR OUR YOUTH. LET US TEACH EACH OTHER HOW TO FISH SO WE STOP ASKING FOR FOOD. AND THAT MUST START WITH PRIVATE SECTOR INVOLVEMENT; MY AFRICAN GOVERNMENT HAS DONE A LOT. CORRUPTION IS EVERYWHERE, DEBT IS EVERYWHERE BUT STILL SOME NATIONS FLOURISH. IT IS THE CONSTRUCTIVE USE OF CASH, POOLED MINDS AND DETERMINATION THAT ENABLE RESULTS. LET US DEVELOP AN ABILITY TO TREAUSRE THESE RESOURCES, LET US NOT WASTE THEM AT ANY COST. SO THEN LET US BECOME ACCOUNTABLE. TAX PAYERS STAND UP FOR YOUR EVERY CENT, CONSUMERS AND COMMUNITIES ENSURE THAT THE BIG BUSINESSES PLOUGH BACK. BUT FIRST WE MUST ACCEPT THAT WE HAVE BEEN PLAYED FOR CENTURIES, AND THAT WHILST WE TRY TO PLAY CATCH UP WE MUST FIRST SEE TO THE BASIC NEEDS OF THE MASSES, THE VERY SAME MASS WHO WILL ENABLE A WIDER CASH BASE. STOP BLACK ELITE EMPOWERMENT. OR IS THE CURRENT REALITY OUR FATE?

  258. Lanre Fasakin

    Thanks for the wake up call! Africa’s success depends on being able to eschew tribalism and similar mundane factors in the choice of political leadership.Any organisation, community, state or country that fails to consider merit/competence as primary influence on decision making is bound to fall and fail. Here lies the ultimate African problem. The extent of inventions and creativity on the African continent will amaze you. But they can’t see the light of day due to mental indolence in high places. Shame!

  259. Rogers

    This guy Walter is what many Europeans think, but just like this guy, when they go to African, they got shocked, to find many black intellectuals and they fail to compete, they get disillusioned, they expect to find monkeys, elephants in the streets, now they find some of the latest cars not even in their countries running on African roads. What else left for these guys, is to start playing the race card! It took Europe and America more than 200 years to be where they are. Now these guys what do they expect? Whatever Africans would do , they are bound to find some defects! What i say is to hell with these bastards like Walter. I’m sure it pained him to death to see how young Africans can drive poshy cars and have BBQ every weekend, and life style down to earth. Walter should not take African hospitality for granted. We Africans are hospitable and culturaly respect foreign people, that does not make Walter any special.
    Wish this guy can taste Shaka Zulu’s hospitality

  260. kibbstake

    As a rule, I rarely comment on an article/blog, but this one cuts deep because it was only yesterday that we were discussing the differences between races and it is true certain races feel superior but even within one race, there are those that feel even more superior than the rest. Why is this? and why is it that only race dominates discussions, rather than deeper issues of balance of power and wealth creation. We are not lazy, we only need to change the way we think and then,maybe change will come. WE will learn to protect our inventors and talents and nurture them in schools and universities. Question is how? What is my contribution? but also what should i expect from my government…

  261. Spi

    All our indignation means nothing if there is no change. How many of us will have moved on by next week with the next pressing issue in our lives?

  262. Erick Kuria

    true reflection of my country Kenya. but am seeing people and politics changing though a a slow momentum. Wisshing it was quicker.

  263. IJSIT

    Of all the people commenting here, who had joined eugene’s think tank or started mobilizing a think tank of their own in their country. I’m afraid like anything on the net, this fire lit will die as quick as it started.. #digitalage #shortattentionspan

      1. Outraged

        No they are not right to mock us. With our misery they live well, it’s very well to blame African leaders, intellectuals but the world economy is based on a cheap pool of resources to put down the many so the few can live well and then to keep the many down, point out those among the many so the many squabble amongst themselves,
        This is like a snake stealing eggs from hens and claiming it’s the hens fault whilst the hens nod and say how wise the snake is.
        THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH RESOURCES IN THE WORLD for us to live like Americans or Europeans. That level of living requires 5 planets and with only one planet to live, on, the many must live badly for the few to live well. They say overpopulation. reducing the population of Americans would improve the planet’s health.
        Why do Europeans and Americans give so many subsidies so their businesses can flood Africa, destroy business yet complain when China does the same?
        Africa’s misery is part of the system.

  264. Ronny Masiye

    I blame our education systems as well, they prepare the mind for the job, yeah, to get employed once u complete, not to invent things, it trains us to fit into the already existing world, not to go and invent / discover yo own world out there…..I am forced to understand Bob Marley’s point when he said ” if I went to school, I wud be a damn fool, coz my knowledge wud be limited to what the teacher knows, I wanna know beyond what the teacher knows…”

  265. Alex

    some pinching truth can be felt from the article, though the presentation may ruffle the feathers of some readers.
    we, as the elite’ in Africa need to seek avenues to bring change that will establish the apt social and political environment. whether its through mass sensitization by whichever networking tools, or by establishing forums(with action)!
    Apt defines systems that will root-out corrupt practices, induce ideas of enonomic growth,etc..
    The AU and NEPAD was much hyped to steer the continent forward but it seems its leaders havent popped the right bubble. this continental-agenda has to begin in our individual countries and make baby steps progress byfirst ensuring vital needs like clean water& basic literacy are met.

  266. Kangwa

    Creativity is not nurtured in our culture…….we are consumer society. The education system starting from early education need to be revamped with an emphasis on creativity rather than brute memorization. I see it in my students, they are so much into memorization, rather than understanding the concept so that they can come up with new 1!

  267. IGBINOSA

    I THINK Y’ALL BETTER STOP ARGUING COS MR WALTER HAS A MAJOR POINT….LET’S MAKE AFRICA TOPS AGAINST ALL ODDS… ODDS LIKE CORRUPTION, LEADERSHIP FAILINGS AMONG OTHER THINGS…LETS THINK UP WAYS OVER THESE ODDS AND MAKE GREAT THINGS HAPPEN…..I AM DOING MY BIT, DO YOURS YOUNG AFRICANS.

  268. Chris

    It is annoying but let us be challenged with this article and move forward to show that through had working we improve our countries and our continent Africa.

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  270. beatrice

    This is so true, this year kenya is having its presidential elections, and its a pity that the same old leaders are the ones fighting to be re-elected back, leaders who most of them have done nothing for the people, who most of them have the highest education levels, who most of them get elected to go sleep in the parliamentary hearings….. This I will show to all the youth I know. Its about time we brought in change, and the middle class people and youth of kenya are the once to take us there

  271. Rahim

    What a rich read and the responses are even richer. Africans will always be Africans, ever the optimists and faith bearers. If there’s one thing I admire about “white people” is that their efforts and work are “Godless”. Someone once said if religion was kicked out of Africa, Africa would be a super continent. But there, Africa is filled with a bunch of mediocre, lazy people who think owning a Mercedes is success. Bill Gates owns a Ferrari, just; he puts it in his garage for those who think he cannot afford one. Where is he rather, developing solutions for this world. Where are the African billionaires, the Dangotes and Uhuru Kenyattas, busy buying jets worth $50 million, etc. There is no hope until you lose hope, that is what Africa needs to learn. The great America was born because there was never any hope of getting on the Mayflower and going back, there was no hope of asking IMF or World Bank for money. Desperation drove those early pioneers to create the country America is today. Africans on the other hand, the ever hopeful, the ever believing in a God who rewards faith rather than work, ah, T.I.A! No more can be said beyond the title of this article, no more; small dreams, small minds, big titles…

    1. Outraged

      Great America was born because of genocide. There was no world bank, there was the bank of killling of the Indians and living off the land that was already farmed by the Native Americans. Further south, there was the bank of raid the Aztecs, Incas and cart off their gold. This was a very incredible major factor. Before the New World, Europeans were low on the pole, with the gold, you have capital. You need capital to invent. I know there are so many stories about someone inventing stuff in their garage, but for general inventions, you need capital to do research, buy equipment etc. For someone to create an Ipod needs years of someone sitting back with capital to sit comfortably and come up with scientific theories like Boyle’s Law.
      The world economic system is based on cheap resources, and Africa is a good source of these resources. Disturb this pool and you upset the world economy. People instinctively resist anyting that threatens their way of life. And Africa rising will threaten the West’s way of life. There are not enough resources for everyone to live like Westerners.
      I do agree with you about religion, enough of this opium and brainwashing, it breeds credulous fools like too many commenters on here.

  272. Humanity

    Sounds like Walter wrote this article for you. If you let others define they undoubtedly will class you as inferior. Many countries including ‘delevoped’ suffer from the similar problems. What is the UK now producing? Financial services like Walters firm. We constantly drone on about African corruption but who is dangleling the carrot. Walter and his economic hitmen are just as much to blame. When someone visits your house you hold the power & control or do you say to him don’t worry come through the back door (its never locked) and help yourself to whatever is in the fridge.

  273. Crawley Obara

    There’s a Tanzanian song part of it goes something close to this. I am paraphrasing. The white man wears tatters and you wear tatters, the white man shall be escorted into the restaurant while security throws you out. This article is an eye opener for me and I hope other Africans get to read this.

  274. Jeje

    Well, Kenyans will definitely learn something from this article, because, at least they read. You want to keep something away from Cameroonians, put it in writing. I pretty much doubt if this brilliant piece of writing will get to a handful of Cameroonians!!
    Yes, we are lazy!!

  275. gimoney

    We are doing it again. Wait a minute and ask yourself, why on earth will any one who is exploiting you want to spend his time, tell you all this? what part of his experience does not emulate what happens here Africa?

    Instead of us to look inward and do the needful we are busy trying to once again find frivolous excuse for our impotence. I am a Nigerian and had a chance to attend a top notch Nigerian University where virtually all my Instructors where either Dr. or Prof. However Its 11years ago I left school some of them have died but little or no product. Asides the tittle they earn.

    I am tired of passing the buck lets start something and see who will stop Us first.

  276. African Patriot

    Well, I think the story, fiction or fact, is well written and provocative, but most of Walter’s sentiments sound like hogwash to me. Firstly, to sum up all Africans as lazy is unfounded, nor is it empirical that white people are superior. Secondly, there are many African intellectuals who are both capable and active in the societies they live in, but are, of course, drawn back by many challenges too, some of which other peoples who are not African have also faced in their pasts and still continue to face in modern society. For instance, deliberate debt creation, corruption, greed and apathy are global phenomena. As for intellectuals drinking after work, I have seen, many a time, cocktails of people at many a bar, not exclusively Africans. There is nothing wrong with drinking after work, brainstorming or not. Again, hogwash.
    But, having said that, our biggest weakness is that we, Africans, are divided and easily fascinated by valueless things, as well as things that are not ours, at the peril of what are. I hope African readers realise that we cannot be dissuaded by what we are told we are, or what we are told we are not. Instead, Africans have an opportunity to tell the world who they are, not the other way round. Africans should tell their stories, not wait for the likes of Walter to do so. We have everything we need to tell a good story and the likes of Walter understand that perfectly. But first things first, let us realise that the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts.

  277. Barbara Karamagi

    Wow that was suck a “wake up call” article… something we all need to read so we make a difference for what ever country in Africa we come from….

  278. zari

    This piece made my blood boil. This account perturbed me. This truth angered me.

    We as Africans have a long way to discover who we really are as I people and a continent.
    Changed minds and forward thinkers need apply.

  279. dela

    this article hurts to my soul,as much as i disagree with the generalised tittle . I fined myself accepting it content no matter how nausiating it is . the truth hurts.

    1. Outraged

      It’s not truth. It’s a lazy, shallow thesis that fails to even cover what’s going on. I’m not saying Africans should sit back , we are not lazy. All we are is resource pool so others can live comfortably. There are not enough resources for everyone to live like Americans. Americans live like there are 5 planets. Yet there’s only one planet. So what to do? Create a system of subjugation and force people to stay there and tell them it’s their fault they are down so they don’t rebel and occasionally throw a bone.

  280. Deculturatedoram I?

    I suspect the unlazy thing to do is to be deeply sceptical. African/ Black folks greatest problem if this is anything to go by is credulity and a sense of disconnection.

    There’s something of a brain freeze occuring. People trained in a foreign language of ideas somehow having their brains suffocated by them. That might be a fair endeavour for African and black intellectuals to uncover. I daresay there are other put upon people suffering similar phenomena who’d be happy to make use of it.

    If white folks had the solution, those trained in their intellectual idioms would have it too.

    By the way, the East and South East Asians are not as culturally distinct from white people as Africans/Black people are, so let’s not get any funny ideas.

    What many caucasians think of as their own was “stolen” from the former people’s in the first place.

  281. Rogers Atebe

    To change Africa as a whole might be too overwhelming, and blaming politicians will only support Walter the mzungu on our ineptiness. Start to scratch the surface in my area of influence, my neighbourhood, what can i do in my village öperation reachback” to improve their situation with my education? Let’s not just talk n think. Doing is the better way to start and reprot the results here.

  282. Tope

    All well said,if you are really ready for a change in Africa whether as a leader,politician or an intellectual,you should be ready to die.This is not done by mere talks but determination and action.there are powers within the corridors of power,higher than the so called politicians.
    However,I have a HOPE for a glorious CHANGE!
    There is SHIFTING in the order of things world wide that the so called ‘whites’ have seen and are afraid of including Walter.

  283. Kunlexy

    It is the same sad sing-song epitomising Africa’s pathetic tale. Is it not true that some of us still see hope in the form of IMF-induced, World Bank-backed economic policies with inherent disdain for our peculiarities and background as Africans? Whatever happens to homegrown solutions…agriculture and our native intelligence. We live laid-back and expect strangers from foreign lands to liberate us without feathering their nests? C’mon, we are sold on economic abracadabra which end-product is to make the rich richer and the poor poorer whether as a country or as an individual. We need to ask ourselves whether truly slavery, colonialism and neo-colonialism with all their attendant evils are indeed over. We need to eliminate the culture of greed and selfishness which make our leaders to stupidly dance to the beats of corruption and ship our resources to develop the economies of the west.

  284. JUDITH WANKI

    Waoh, A heart searching write up. Africa needs prayers.let us take our problems to God.He will work through us. Let us then stand up in our Jerusalem and start doing something.Let us put aside the blame game. It is time for PRAYERFUL ACTION.

  285. Vivian

    As an African living in the diaspora, I have been dealing with the issue of why Africa has been living in the dark? And at the same in admiration of emerging economic countries like China and India. I have come to realize that Mr. Walter’s comments hit it right on the head! I don’t think he meant lazy in the normal sense as achieving a PhD, Masters or BA is not a trivial feat but when we do achieve it we stop. For many they believe the race is over. Many have a degree and salary and tout it as trophy of the highest regard. When really its as useless has the paper it is written on, if it is not used. We sit down at lounges, parties, galas, networking events and discuss politics, corruption, safety, and all the things that are wrong with our country, but when asked when was the last time we’ve been home we begin to fumble our words and come up with excuses for not returning home in a decade plus. The time is now! Not tomorrow or next year. Africans are known to be some of the most resourceful people. The knowledge and experiences that we have acquired from abroad through schooling, living and traveling should be transferred to our nations. We are individuals and anything worth having will not ever be easy. Government is a thorn in many people sides and seeking their assistance to develop ways that will stop their personal agendas will not happen. We must build financial groups and think tanks among ourselves. We need to find pride in working with our African brother and not pride in working with a caucasian outsider so that we can look better and more esteem in our fellow brethren eyes.  Wealthy Africans, innovative africans, african intellects and African visionaries compromise Africa’s talented tenth. This tenth are the ones to bring their nations out of darkness. We must build together to grow together. It’s the only way, the best person to watch your house is yourself.

  286. SOG

    Let us be realistic and take emotions out of our conversaitons, Walter is right. @ Omoba, we have African Graduates that went to University all the way to Ph.D level in counties like the USA, what have they done for Africa. We need to alos stop blaming our leaders, afterall, a lot of us that are very well educated are the ones that ensured that they come into position of leadership because of our own personl greed and agenda. Africa will need to arise and take action. India used to be despised by the whole world, but today, they are attracting businesses from developed countries to relocate to India. Educated Africans will need to wake up and begin to back thier degree with real input into thier respective countries.

  287. Iam not buying it

    I agree that many Zambian intellectuals have gloried in their credetials and salaries. They have been given to drunkeness and extravagance and have not done much for the country but to then conclude that technology will save us is rubbish. Don’t be so naive quality of life is not in science and modedernisation that is such and old idea, radical western intellectuals will tell you about the damage that kind framework has done..disparity between the rich and the poor, environmental degradations, depression and isolation and addictions. That “Indian land” your Walter is talking about is filled with hidden stories of murder for that sake of innovation. The independence Zambians are so proud of some people didn’t get infact they almost all died and continue to resist exploitation today!
    I agree that we need to be more active in building own social safety net but please…lets not follow blindly into what the Global North had done with it’s society. That Walter is not as radical as he thinks he is. Those are age old development theories that leave us Zambians her, lusting over what the west has and never ever catching up. That is how surplus profit driven economies work.
    Long story short I agree that Zambian intellectual need to ground themselve better in the daily life experience of the average Zambians and creatively work to bring change there but Mr Walter’s proposal of how this should happen is nonsense, enough chasing after the west… ENOUGH!

  288. chinwe

    This is a moment of truth all Africans. It’s a clarion call to active participation of all Africans towards redeeming our Nations and the people. We all need to arise and embrace work and constructively too. We have all heavily compromised and are as guilty as charged. All Nations deserve the Kind of leaders they get, so let us not blame it only on our leaders. It’s collective effort from all. We must all take on leadership roles, be responsible and accountable any where we are or work, be it in our families, work places, or other communities. We must leave any person or place we come in contact with, better than we find them. If this is done, the people we vote to lead us, will automatically fall in place we can even get to the sun before the whites. More kudos to the writer and all that have responded. Lets work and leave an impression on all that it is time to build and not tear down.thank you all.

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  290. Pam

    I totally get Walter`s perspective and get what he is trying to say. The two major problems with Africa include political circumstances and excessive corruption. The governments in Africa tend to have a greedy small group of people that were voted by people believing that they will “make a change“, but as soon as they get the taste of power & money they don’t want to step down no matter what the circumstances are (e.g rigging votes) and before you know it those same people begin to oppress the commoners. And circle goes on and on. I think it’s time that Africans start to voice out even though there is no freedom of speech; you have to start somewhere right. Lybia did it ,so can everyone else. There is also too much corruption on every level of the government which I believe is pathetic and it’s a shame really. I am an educated professional in Canada but I have plans to go back to Africa and use my knowledge to help people.
    I know that Africa has all the resources they need, they just have to put their minds together.

    1. Outraged

      They have all the resources that the West needs. The governments of Africa are only the overseers unconsciously. Americans live like there are 5 planets yet we only have one. The world’s current situation is the solution to the problem of living like 5 planets yet having only one. Subjugate the many for the few. 7% of the world hold 50% of resources. It’s a vicious cycle that’s very difficult to break.
      Think of the French revolution.

  291. Somebori

    bleh bleh bleh… bunch of crock.

    Funny how everyone is nodding their heads smugly in agreement, while this foreigner, this outsider insults and generalizes about our entire continent, our entire culture, our entire identity. You have accepted that you are at the bottom of the totem pole, below Latinos, Asians and White people. With this kind of mentality, are you surprised that Africa is considered the toilet of the world? It has now become a innate characteristic of Africans to look down on themselves when a white man dishes out some useless advice. What is he saying that we do not already know? Wasn’t there a way of conveying whatever he had to say without insulting the integrity and intelligence of Africans?

    I’m not saying that here weren’t some nuggets of truth in the message he was trying to convey, I am just honestly shocked that he got away with sounding like someone who understands Africa deeply, when in fact, from his statements, it is evident that he is just another westerner who is pontificating… hiding his racism behind his supposed frankness. The truth is harsh my A.S.S! I bet he doesn’t give a rat’s stinky behind about Africa… at least not like you do… why? Because he is NOT African.

    African intellectuals are lazy? Okay. Take a long look at the numerous pot-bellied, ignorant, power hungry, corrupt, useless politicians who are running things in most parts of the continent and talk to me about laziness. The day intellectuals will be effective will be the day African politicians are intellectuals… when pigs fly… until then, let us ALL wallow in our collective laziness.

    End of epistle.

    1. NM

      @ Somebori: With all due respect, I don’t think the bloggers were comfortable with ‘Walter’s’ tone or conceding that we are an inferior, lazy group. Far from it! Most of us…..if not all…… agree he was rude, mordant and condescending to say the least, however ignoring his insight(s) as told by Mr. Ruwe would be akin to throwing the baby out with the birth water. His etiquette or lack thereof should be the least of our concern.

      My initial reaction when I read the first paragraph of this blog was ANGER. How. dare. he! My intent was to dimiss it as the narcissitic ramblings of a racist bigot but after reading it again, I was able to recieve the message in the spirit in which it was sent i.e to challenge my status quo and to move me to make my contribution( however small) to the betterment of Kenya and Africa as a whole; based on the responses so were a large # of other Africans. That’s a great thing! Now if we can only keep the momentum going.

      I encourage you to read the followup blog to this one titled ‘Now That We Are At Attention.’ The author summarises most of our sentiments beautifully!

      Grace and Peace!

  292. philip

    The comments I read here are just excuses for our failures which is typical to. Africans. And its really sad we want to continue this way !!! We should rather be asking ourselves the way forward, collaborating and working in our capacities to create change no matter how big or small.

  293. Kamau the Kenyan Patriot

    The truth hurts and especially so if it comes from the mouth of a foreigner.Please fellow africans,lets stop referring to historical injustices that were committed decades ago,this is the 21st century and such attitudes have retarded our development for so long.Do not get me wrong,We shouldn’t forget about things like slavery and colonialism but we should not let this crimes define our future and in any way diminish our pride.Africa does not owe the world an apology and in the same way I do not think that the world owes us any.Picture this:If africa were a superpower and in our neighbourhood had a very poor but extremely well endowed continent full of technologically challenged nations,whats to say that Africa wouldn’t behave the same way that the west did.
    At the moment my greatest fear is that the west is now planning, behind closed doors, the recolonization of the african continent.What with Nato’s military involvement on the continent.Their ultimate desire is to have complete control of African resources that had for a long time been theirs for the taking and have long fuelled the prosperity they have enjoyed for so long.It is also worth noting that their economies are facing decline and just like in the period preceding colonization,they must look for a region to expand into.When empires stop expanding,they collapse.

  294. sally bonne

    I just got dis likn from a friend and I was like this should be important let me open and see for myself .cant help but say walter was right and it also applies in my country Nigeria even with everything happening now.read d positive as well as the few negative coMments.and have taken what I want.I must say I really need to up my game.tanks malaka and tanks to my friend who sent tge link to me.off now to do something to improve……..

  295. A. Mirara

    This is the natural progression of “most educated Africans”
    – Acquire degree/advanced degree in some field.
    – Land “lucrative” fancy titled job as a “paper pusher with some organization. Trust me, unless you are tasked with making strategic decisions on growth, development, innovation, vision of the organization…YOU ARE JUST PUSHING PAPER – Regardless of your Fancy Job Title. Especially true in the diaspora..
    – Acquire fancy things to dangle and impress your fellow paper pushers and the impoverished uneducated, unemployed majority who were not afforded the same educational opportunities as you were.

    The article nailed it..
    Innovation, visionaries, inventors, entrepreneurs ( that start up businesses/industries that employ & empower ) is what Africa needs. …not a bunch of “educated Africans” ( paper pushers) or rather “educated regurgitators”…Owning a bunch of multi storeyed rental properties might qualify you as an entrepreneur…but definitely not the kind that Africa so desperately needs !

    GUILTY AS CHARGED !

  296. Lohis

    Mh, what a hit my dear Africans! Don’t forget the same intellectuals from our very Universities are doing wonders out there! No commitment at home.

  297. Heather

    I am a white Zambian and it is the very thing that I complain about the most. If only our educated Zambians could get on with working rather than just talking, who knows what could happen to this country.

    I also agree about black Zambians feeling insecure and inferior. I am forever telling my staff not to allow themselves to be oppressed – oppressed by the cashier at the Zamtel office, oppressed by the official at the vehicle licencing department, oppressed by the clerk at the post office, oppressed by the cops at the road block. It makes me angry. But until Zambians start to have some confidence in themselves, we are doomed.

    Yet we CAN do it!!

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  299. mukoro

    Its the responsibility of us all don’t always wait for our always failing government at least let us not fail ourselves

  300. Rasheed

    It should now dawn on all of Africa and Africans that the time is now.our leaders should be ashamed and brace up to perform their team leader role,effectively and efficiently.

  301. Vincent Musebe

    This is a very precise reflection on how Africa is; my contribution is a call to the educated and the general middle class-”Arise and support the efforts of the poor in saying ”NO” to Impunity from our Political Leaders” Everyone is absolutely equal and should be equal before the Laws of the various African Countries.

  302. Optimist

    African leaders come from African people. They are only a reflection of who we really are. This article has got me thinking… Its time we face the truth and work on ourselves, use our resources for the greater good and make our lives better.

  303. Isaiah Okoth

    If we learn to truly believe in ourselves and one another then we will make it. Otherwise we will continue chasing a mirage. Personal experience: After 20 years in Europe, I returned to Africa with great ideas and joined an organization(established an African) to help uplift the 700 Million. I worked an average of 16 hours a day for 5 years, came with a innovative model that would ensure equitable access to quality education across Africa. I was fired and lost all my benefits! Then invested my entire saving s and worked an average of 16 hours/day and established a venture to develop and implement an innovative solution that would facilitate the delivery of affordable and quality healthcare services across Africa. The concept worked, trials were successful but my brothers were neither willing to use nor invest in my solution. They were instead interested in copying, poaching my staff and looking for overseas companies with similar ideas. After 8 years of hard work, a good product, no customers , very few friends and debts – I had to exit and move back Europe to recover. At this rate will our the first car is developed and manufactured by our African intellectuals find any buyers?

    1. Outraged

      That was Microsoft’s strategy really and so many Western companies, poaching your staff and stealing your ideas.

  304. wilfred

    I think as African i deserve this,for imagine having stayed/worked in the developed world, the beauty of the environment,manicure gardens,good roads,firmness in enforcing law and punishing law breakers dully, then you land in kenya and there you are yet, we borrow from the west for developement or Asia, look at the filth we keep talking about year in year out

  305. KAY

    This was absolutely fantastic and for real its the right time Zambia and Africa we became independent and stop been reliant on these so called bwanas, just imaging all these years not even an innovative copper refinary or purification machine for our major export commodity so that we export already processed copper…….will be back on this

    1. Outraged

      Go on, try be independent. See how far you get. Before you know it, a war will be on, and Westerners will be instigating and get their resources for even cheaper than the war started.
      What people don’t understand is that the world economy depends on the exploitation of others and others have to suffer for others to live well. 7% of the world’s population owns 50% of resources. Americans live like there are 5 planets. We live on one. There aren’t enough resources for all of us to live like Americans or Europeans. For the Western way of life, someone has to be oppressed.
      It’s like Versailles before the French revolution. Versailles is and was beautiful but it was beautiful because of explotation of the peasants and the whole system was geared towards putting the peasants down. It took a revolution to change that system.

  306. dharma

    Hey guys, the world is not racist neither is it hateful unless you want it to be. There are people who hate, and there are people who love. There are also people who get on with the job of living as best as possible, and screw the politics. I feel that the best way to be successful in life is to make the people around you successful through uplifting them and empowering them. The more empowered they become the more successful and happy you become. Pay it forward!!!

  307. listoss

    It is worth noting that sometimes been lazy has nothing to do with how hard or slow you work but how effective your work is in solving your problems. Africans may be hard working in the general sense but if our hard work do not solve our problems then call us lazy to our solutions is not our of place. Send the Wave through the continent “Let Us Rise” my brothers and sisters.

  308. Lawal umar

    I quite agree wt Walter. As for those blaming African leaders I think they are missing the point bcos African leaders and intellectuals is one and the same.

  309. Kenneth

    We in Africa must allow the freedom of creativity, self expression and imagination. Never should we continue to choke that. The uniqueness of every individual must be allowed to flourish, so long as it does not do any harm to others.

  310. Mullah

    Most Africans hate the truth and depend too much on western education and products. Isn’t that intellectually lazy?

    The white man will only respect you if you can do what he cannot do. The faster most Nigerians are aware of this fact the better…

    The article actually revealed how most white people think about Africans behind our backs. They see Africa as a continent that is always asking them for money.

    Every few months, we are asked to donate money to the East African drought crisis in the UK. We are in a recession in the UK. Why can’t countries in West Africa take care of East African crisis?

    Is Africa not a liability on the rest of the world? Bad presidents make the matter worse.

    1. Outraged

      Nah, Africa is not a liability. It’s a wonderful pool of resources which the West lives off. All the money that goes in is much less than all the resources that come out.

  311. Tony

    Problems we face in Africa are of our own making…and the story above reflects exactly that. My fellow country men, this is a reality and until we appreciate such hard facts put to us…we shall always be governed by systems of corruption, inefficiency and ineffective, and non-transparent. As we move forward, let’s be loyal to our continent and countries to be precise, by seeking accountability of our systems of governance at all sectors, electing leaders with proven development track records and with undoubted integrity, and by being proactive in the development of our motherland. We need total paradigm shift from what I may term to as normalcy in our individual character and our systems of governance.

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  313. Ms Z.

    Reblogged this on Soul Canvas and commented:
    “Oh yes it is and I will say it again, you are lazy. Poor and uneducated Africans are the most hardworking people on earth. I saw them in the Lusaka markets and on the street selling merchandise. I saw them in villages toiling away. I saw women on Kafue Road crushing stones for sell and I wept. I said to myself where are the Zambian intellectuals? Are the Zambian engineers so imperceptive they cannot invent a simple stone crusher, or a simple water filter to purify well water for those poor villagers? Are you telling me that after thirty-seven years of independence your university school of engineering has not produced a scientist or an engineer who can make simple small machines for mass use? What is the school there for?”

  314. Rahima yussuf

    The truth always hurt, this a wakeup call of all africa intellectuals. let us stand up together and do something for our communities and nations. whatever walter said is nothing but the truth.

  315. Ayubu

    A few observations;
    1-for a banker the man speaks quite open
    2-is it possible to view “everything” from a patio in Kalingalinga?
    3-Is Field Ruwe not known for his fiction?
    Ayubu

  316. JOJOI

    Its like someone asking,Are you sleeping? when you know am sleepy and always sleeping. Tell me to wake up.

  317. Ghanatta Ayaric

    The naked truth, sadly! Something needs to be done as a matter of urgency! I recommend CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HITMAN by John Perkins as further reading material.

  318. Asterix

    Sounds quite similar to the book, ‘Capitalist Nigger.’
    Very caustic remarks from the bwana but it does have some truth in it. I am from Kenya and it is very sad to see that the ‘lobster ‘ mentality- see capitalist nigger- is pervasive in Africa.

  319. nyanga xavier

    true,check how much the govt spends on education, science in particular and yetno child or student ever invented anything since independence, the proffesors,teachers alike are all just copyimg what some white man discovered millions of yrs ago!

  320. moft

    The problem is our leadership. They dont dream big, always thinking about enriching themselves and what colonialists did, and also trying to revenge, its not time to revenge but to move forward, look at Zimbabwe now, the stupid Bob has failed zimbabweans and he messed up the economy, we need to be serious and not become emotional in serious issues. our politicians dont have that burning ambition. they jus want power and authority. poor africa, look whats happening in DRC, this country is the richest in the world in terms of minerals, fertile soils, good rivers, and everything but still poor, africa is the richest continent in terms of natural resources but we dont realise it, we run away to the americas, europe, etc. we n

  321. Tole

    Something needs to be done alright……..,but we dont need an outsider to tell us what to do,just like in the game of football the fans end up being the players.We alone have the answers to our problems….Most of the problems bedevelling africa,is as a result of foreign interference….

  322. Blessing

    should we keep on inventing new stuff? how about start by copying inventions and cut on imports?

  323. Segeduo Daimeya

    No need to defend ourselves fellow Africans. Maybe we can try that after we have invented our own cars, planes, TVs, computers, cell-phones, ipods and all the other fancy gadgets many of us Africans like showing off with, feeling more important and advanced than everybody else around us. And of course having invented none of them. All Western inventions. Lets fight and change from being the best consumers to being the best creators!

  324. ELKhamasi

    Here is the SECRET!! Quit your day job and focus your energies on the one thing you are good at. The chicken hearted won’t do it but that is the mark of greatness. Those inventions they boast of came from people with very little formal education. Check out Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, or recent drop outs like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.

    1. Outraged

      You could also check out Lavoisier, Boyle, Newton, Darwin. Gentleman scientists with funds, and time who set out scientific basics Henry Ford etc. There wouldn’t be an Ipod otherwise.Though it’s interesting you make an example of Edison and Gates, two people who stole a lot of ideas from others especially Edison

  325. Mercy Wambui Kinyua

    wow… so much in a day,but corruption tops it all and maybe we could start by changing ourselves and our attitude of greed etc.no matter where we are only then would we start with one step a journey of a thousand miles…

  326. benjamin

    walter was spot we need to get on our feet and change africa with agriculture,minerals and our good climate..

    1. Outraged

      Walter wasn’t spot on. The world’s economy depends on cheap resources and cheap labour. Africa is a good pool of cheap resources. Africans start agitating and the world balance is lost. People will feel threatened. It’s a system just as how it’s so hard for poor people to advance in Western countries.

  327. Vulani

    4rm reading dis article, i realise dat dreamin or thinkin alone wn’t d any gud. One needs 2 tk action, 2 act 2wards their thinkin.
    Thank u.

  328. shabalaba

    look at africans, after reading this, they are here fighting eachother. This is the reason why we will never move forward..we are suppose to think about it and not to come here trying to act superior than others. Damn

  329. marembo ochieng

    I knew someone was going to say the problem is not with our graduates!!!! i will say ‘Pumbavu’! It starts with the person who wants to see a better tomorrow, not the person who wants others to work so he can see a better tomorrow. In my class of 2012, i can count in my left fingers how many people have a vision for themselves. Tell me how many of these, have a vision for their country?
    When that time comes where the pride of achieving greatness matters, the time where you can stand up proud and say, i am a millionaire in Africa because i worked hard (not because i have ever worked with the government), that’s the time things will start to change, dim light will appear in the tunnel and it wont be that of a train awaiting to decapitate you!!!

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  331. Nduese Douglas

    Yes, there is no doubt that Africa is characterized by lazy people. In Annang parlance; “Langa anyie afid, awo ne-afid imoh atie, ke ase atie”. When interpreted, it means, “your condition remains the way you want it”. Every child is born with no sense, in addition to hereditary factor; every other factor would thrive to make sure that the child has some senses. But, where this obligation is over-looked, the reverse is the case. The child becomes a moron/imbecile. As you can see with me, the fathers/early leaders of the USA and other developed nations, where not: corrupt, greedy, cheats, and idiots. They rather thought about the progress of the nation in general. They wanted those civilized nations to be just as they are today. Point to note: it was’nt just one leader, who transformed those countries. Series and classes of Leaders. These were birds of same feathers, who had the interest of their countries at heart. What took place in Africa, for instance in Nigeria? It has been a child play. How do children play? While others are busy building one structure, others are also busy demolishing it, and before you know, they are already on another play item. In Nigeria, the founding fathers performed creditably well like the Abraham Lincolns but the Khaki boys came in and proved the strenght associated with the “magic stone”, which till date, Nigerians cannot produce a functional one. I meant, bullet. It was a kind of seek and hide game as well. Democracy came, military came. Democracy disappeared, military disappeared. What do we have today? Where is the hope? Where are we heading to? People would give me ‘democray’ as the answer. I strongly disagree. Those who forget their past can never have a tomorrow. What happened in the late 60s?
    However, African graduates are regarded as unproductive scholars, because their leaders make them so. If any one has pity for the high level of laziness in Africa, let him/her support African Leaders, like president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan of Nigeria, Gov Godswill Obot Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, who are currently seen as a positive transformers. If they are allowed to fail, guess what…

    1. Outraged

      How long did the West get to where it is now? Nigeria got independence in 1964? (sorry, not sure about actual year but 60s right?) that’s almost 50 years. 50 years. I’ll repeat, 50 years. Someone mentioned Arab intelligentsia earlier. After all the uprisings, who won the elections in Egypt? Islamists. The irony.

      How long did it take for the pilgrims to make it to America and establish a foothold and become the most powerful country in the world? Definitely longer than 40 years. How long has it taken China since Boxer rebellions, opium wars etc and they are only one country.
      Let’s look at things in 100 years then we can talk. Not saying we should sit back and not do a thing but changing world economies takes longer than 50 years. And it’s not just changing African economies but the WORLD economy. The world economy is based on getting as much cheap resources as possible. Africa is a good source of those resources. If Africans start agitating, that whole balance is lost and it’s not going to be taken lying down, I’m not saying it’s conscious but it will be instinctive. If people see something that threatens their way of life, they will resist. Look at reforms in Greece. Much of those reformes are weaker than any forced onto many African, South American and Asian countries yet riots in the street in Greece. And it’s going to get worse.
      Any move by Africans will be and is resisted by the West. It’s instinct.
      So stop blaming Africans.

  332. Chukwudi

    Nigeria also has much to learn from Walter’s bluntness. Our’s is a country where the elites are the greatest obstacles to growth, inovation and technology. This is because their thinking still runs along ethnic lines. The political will to achieve such high aims can never take roots on the aforementioned faulty ethnic soil.

  333. Didi

    As usual all I can see are comments. Africans are brilliant at talking. Brilliant at analysing but how about we all shut up and start thinking AND acting! The truth of the matter is that intellectuals and critical thinkers are not welcome in Africa. We are mocked and derided. Until you change completely the African mindset of thinking “West is best” and “corruption pays”, African intellectuals will continue to run off to countries where they can get a little recognition for their intellect.

  334. Outraged

    Walter isn’t real, the writer made him up. And the unsubtle racism makes me ill. If Walter is real, he poops on you and calls it rain. This author gets a few facts together, spins a story and makes it truth and you all applaud like it’s the holy truth without seeing the racism. Ooh, hard words. Poop and call it rain!! Credulous.

    America made it on the backs of other people and massively killing off the Indians, which was mostly due to disease. If it wasn’t for this as in Native Indians dying off either by direct killing or disease, white people moving onto ready made farms, etc and just plain genocide, it wouldn’t be the same at all. The wealth from the New World made Europe advance. The gold melted from the Inca, Aztecs etc and all the looting of resources was the key. Loot was what made the Roman Empire (though where are they now?) I guess we need to do the same, move en masse to the West and gather as many resources you can find. One of the reasons I feel Westerners are so scared of immigration is that they feel in their bones that one day karma is going to bite back. And are constantly worried.
    It’s no coincidence that many previous scientific discoveries were from gentlemen of means. Someone living in a Victorian hovel was much less likely than Sir Issac Newton sitting in his comfortable home to come up with the theory of gravity. Or Charles Darwin son of a well off reverend etc. Boyle famed for Boyle’s law of gases. Lavoisier. Gentlemen scientists . I’m not talking about an Ipod, I’m talking basic science. They paved the way for Ipods. Yes, some inventors and scientists were poor, (Edison et al) ideas come from everywhere, they are easier to come by if you are comfortable and well fed. It’s not just the idea, you also need capital. And if you are richer, you have more connections, you can get mummy, daddy, daddy’s school friend, daddy’s school friend’s cousin, daddy’s school friend’s cousin’s school friend etc to all put in a bit. And then market it to their friends of friends because it’s our people. Yes, poor people get good ideas but even money grubbing barons see a good idea from time to time.

    Everyone has to make an effort to improve things, Africa most definitely. Don’t forget that China has one billion people so does India. But it’s Africa that’s overpopulated. I know, I know pressure on resources, where the hell are those resources going to though? The IMF constantly pressures Africa but a little bit of pressure on Greece, and riots in the streets.
    To totally ignore how 7% of the world has 50% of the resources totally misses the point and is foolishness. I fully agree that political leaders are an important part of the problem but they are not the only reason. It’s not an African thing, it’s a human thing. When you have the Russian mob involved in Sierra Leone, Congo and god knows what else, it’s not right. African politicians are merely the overseers of those who hold true power who poop on you and call it rain.

    It’s like Versailles and the French revolution. To say the peasants were poor because they didn’t work as hard as the king was pure and utter bull. But then they did rise up and demanded their fair share. Living off people can’t go on forever.
    Even in America, it’s only a small elite that holds most of the money while everyone stabs each other for a piece of the leftovers. Why not look at who’s hogging the whole damn pie??? .
    There are not enough resources in the world for everyone to live like an American in spite of any amount of hard work. Unless we get asteroids from somewhere. Americans live like there are five planets instead of one.
    It’s way more complicated than lazy intellectuals. I do think that more Africans should get more into science. Research science. Biology, physics, chemistry. There’s an imbalance towards the liberal arts. This author has a PHd in mass communication. More science. For one, hopefully it will reduce credulousness like all the people amening this article and create more sceptical Africans. It’s not easy and it’s going to take a lot of momentum to change but let’s not all pat this fictitious white man Walter on the back. Ooh, one white man on a plane trip holds the answer. Let’s us bow to his smug, shallow pompous assessment of human history.
    And just because one has a PhD, doesn’t mean one can’t be a total idiot.

    1. Vivian

      We can not continue to point fingers at others or say that they had it better. As long as we continue not to take responsibility for our own lives essentially we will be at whim of others. Mr. Walter, whether real or made-up,he isn’t our messiah or our devil, he brings to our attention thought bitter and raw. Its hard to see yourself 360 in a mirror, and all he did was presented to us somethings we might not have thought of or we already have seen before.
      Connections doesn’t stop people from finding success, population doesn’t stop people from finding success, even bad government doesn’t stop people from finding success. We find it hard to invest in ourselves. Education isn’t our problem, we excel in areas of science, math, and technology.With Africans making up the highest percentage of overall blacks in American universities, Master holders and PhD holders. We have attaining education down packed. We need to learn how to apply what we learn and instead of freely giving our intellectual properties away to multimillion dollar corporations and business abroad, we need to bring that property back home! Before anything can grow back home, we need to plant the seeds of growth. It not going to grow no matter how hard we stare.

  335. OLUWAKEMI

    This is trully an eye opener for all we africans, we need to take charge of what God has given to us. I pray the lord help us.

  336. jomul7

    While it is true that the lack of creativity and innovation by AFricans for Africans is what keeps us beyond, it’s also articles like this that paint a white and black of all African intellectuals and group them all in one basket. I don’t agree with either the Bwana or the Zambian intellectual. There has been since the times of Egypt, intellectual giants who have made all sorts of innovation and it’s not because they both ignorant about them that I should feel bad. Yes, we need to pick up the pace and try to compete at the global level, but denying the past and current achievement of some African intellectuals is not the solution.

  337. jomul7

    Oh and I forgot whites didn’t build America, black slaves and other minorities did.
    Two things I want to correct: *what keeps us *behind” and ” it’s also article like this *one that paints a white and black of all African intellectuals and group them all in one basket that keep black people still waiting for that white savior to tell them which way is the way to capitalist and consumerist paradise.
    The more I think about it, the angrier I get so I’m done for now.

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  339. Ivan Mugabi (@kompyutaz)

    What does this call for? I dislike the many who replay the song endlessly after it’s launch, or until they forget about the theme. All intellectuals need to start on a new approach.
    Identify and beat the drum so loud for African Innovations. Think and advise how be Africa can help the World without losing blood. Think hard how we can educate children from home. I recently learned that people who knew not how to care for others were never given authority. This way culture controlled corruption. Today morals, and a heart for others are not questioned in vetting leaders. Re-instate such norms. Start on something!!

  340. Arron Davis Sr.

    Arron Davis Sr.
    Mis Education, we were the inventors and builders! 1st scientist, and all that! Start with where did we come from! We are lost! Kemit, Kush and Alkebulan. What were the names of our land before it was divided and exploited? What was our culture? Technology is not always good. Especially if it only increases profits for some but puts some out of work. We should not imitate what others are doing chasing after them and their ways to never win at their game. Some people only want to dominate and exploit. Twist his story that no one else has contributed to their success but in fact they are lazy and will not level the playing field.
    College just re enforces a dependent mindset. Gadhafi, Martin and Malcolm, Garvey were innovators. So only the fearless stand up! It is bigger then that.

  341. MUkundi Peter

    The message is just strong as it appears honest…most of the parts tell us more about those hidden facts of our every day and about our high offices.When Kenya tried to manufacture their first car those resposible and charged with the whole project decided not to please the masses but through which the project turned to be a black hole.Of course from afar they were watching…they could not let us develop a thing and it was killed…Africa only wars basically tribal ones. Where did we go wrong!!!!!

  342. Violet Barasa (@vibarasaafrica)

    WOW…what a read! I am crying am beyond words!!! this is how history will judge ‘us’; that is, anyone who is reading this and/or related article(s) and will continue to sit there and do NOTHING about Africa…I wish we were as innovative and passionate about Africa’s development as we are about ‘church’. I am astonished when i see and read figures about Africa’s religiosity( we are 90% religious if not more, by latest statistics). we just seem to be doing a little ‘too well’ on that front! Now don’t get me wrong, I am an ardent Christian myself, but why i ask are we different people when it comes to passion and love for our people, countries/ continent? why do we butcher each other because apparently we are not from the same ‘tribe/s’? why do we vote in gang-style regimes year in year out because we want to ‘put there’ one of ‘our own’?
    Look at what’s happening in Kenya now; wealthy politicians suspected of ‘raping’ and ‘murdering’ peasants ( refer to the 4 Kenyans who have been confirmed as suspects of international criminal acts by the ICC) are now invoking tribal sympathy and want the same peasants ( at least those who survived) to elect them presidents in the next election; what a cruel contempt of the poor! what a crude manipulation of the vulnerable! and as ‘educated’ as we all seem, we are all culprits/victims of this ETHNIC manipulation!
    If we continue to sit there and say/do nothing, the blood of the peasants in Africa will flow on our backs because at least we ‘know’ but they don’t.
    History will Judge us and quite HARSHLY so…

    ARISE AND SHINE FOR YOU ARE THE LIGHT!!!!
    With love from Kenya;-)

    Violet xxx

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  344. Euphrasia Kivuva

    Its clear from this article,something needs to be done…and this means going back and changing the minds of us…africans…Its the society that has crafted our minds…..and yes this is all psychological!!!!

  345. Bishop Charles Wang'ombe

    SADLY its the trueth. Africa my Mother. Wake up from this deep slumber. Good news though, We are gona make it. We’ve been down sooo deep that the only direction for us to go is up. We are the best runners, footballers, and many others. Our soil is loaded with minerals,which have been stolen for a long time without being exhausted. Lets go home,bring our heads together and move on. ALL IS NOT LOST. There is HOPE. God bless Africa.

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  348. chemoss

    A while back, in an Oslo pub, I met a very well-traveled gentleman who went by the name of Adrian, who was very conversant with realities on the African continent but with the most unflattering – to put it mildly – opinions about Africans…at the time, I remember mumbling to myself, “nicest ‘Racist bastard’ I ever met!” then today someone emailed me this article and I thought to myself, DAMN…!

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  350. Mku Ityokumbul

    I was in Liberia in 2010 and attended the commissioning of the new buildings that the Chinese Government donated to the University of Liberia at their main campus. During the course of the event one Lady that I cannot recall her name or title made some remarks that fit this discussing. She told the story of someone who went into a store to purchase a brain for a relative who needed a brain transplant. I will leave out the races and get to the moral of the story.

    “One brain was priced at five thousand dollars, another ten thousand, another at twenty thousand and up it went until about fifty thousand. These were brains belonging to American, Japanese, Chinese, Indians not in any order of course. Out of curiosity, he sees a brain at the back row in a contain that was gathering some dust and asks how much that was. He is told ONE MILLION dollars. He exclaims and asks who has such an expensive brain to which he is told it was an AFRICAN brain. It is that expensive because it has hardly been used.

    Nature abhors a vacuum. If there are no challenges to the intellectuals, they will play golf and go to the type of clubs that were mentioned in the article. Africans in general are risk averse and you cannot make progress if you are unwilling to take risks. Our governments almost without exception are risk averse and it shows in how they approach research funding which is the ONLY BASIS for sustained INNOVATION and by extension economic growth. The challenge is there, but sadly most government officials in Africa are not even aware of the reverberating impact their action or inaction are having on the future of their societies. .

    Mku Ityokumbul (mityokumbul@gmail.com)

  351. Euphrasia Kivuva

    this is an eye opener to all of us Africans….we have been looking upon our so elected leaders to do something for us…may be its time to do something ourselves…when a million people come together with the same thought of delivering their countries from such….then it is possible!! All we need is to stop thinking on ethnic lines..it is our greatest enemy…especially in Kenya….Young people need to come together…we are the future of our countries…we are equally responsible to good or bad in our countries…lets preach the gospel of togetherness to one another… at the end of the day we will all have a question to answer, what did I do? lets roll our sleeves and get to work!! Africa its time!

    1. Eugene Nzeribe (@eugenenzeribe)

      Dear Euphrasia,
      The Walter article is a wakeup call. I have suggested the creation of an ACTION oriented Africa Diaspora Action organization anchored on a “think tank” to begin brainstorming immediately from our various places of abode. I hereby invite you and anyone who believes that he or she can contribute the required knowledge and skills for these discussions, to let me know by email to: ADAPM@icafrica.com. Here is the link to a new specific discussion forum. http://icafrica.com/blog/forumpress/?vasthtmlaction=viewforum&f=4.0
      Thanks. -Eugene Nzeribe, Canada

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  353. Thomas Dreyer (@ThomasDreyer1)

    My experience is that Africans have all the brains and talent needed to achieve as much as any other group, but apart from the situation as described in the article, there is another related reason for Africa’s trailing position. It is illustrated right here, in the comments by the African intellectuals, and that is NOT TAKING RESPONSIBILITY, but rather blaming someone / something else. Look at Omoba writing:
    “But the intelligentsia is not solely, or even mainly, to blame. The larger failure is due to political circumstances over which they have had little control …… ” and “The problem …. is not really from our graduates ……., but the problem is from …… (something else)”. Vianney writes “past (African) governments failed to create an environment of possibility …. “. A number of other commentators take a similar stance by blaming someone / something else.

    In South Africa where I live, the (African) government (and too many individuals) who fail to deliver despite ample funds, almost always refuse to take responsibility for their slackness, and more than likely will blame it on something else, often on apartheid despite the demise thereof 18 years ago. The second related reason is a culture of entitlement, as also mentioned in the article. In South Africa this manifests in the form of corruption and crime – the culture of taking from the state or from others instead of working for it yourself. This is a deep-rooted evil directly linked to the problem of laziness, so vividly described by Walter. The issue of intellectual capability is clearly illustrated by this, as some of these criminal schemes and tricks are SO clever most honest intelligent people would not be able to dream it up. It is thus not a matter of “cannot work” or “cannot comprehend” but rather “being so lazy I prefer to apply mind power to take what belongs to other”. This attitude obviously provides NO growth or positive solutions to problems.

    Luckily all do not suffer from this syndrome, and some identify the solution and propose appropriate action. Look at Kimunya Mugo saying: “No one is going to solve our problems, ….. We have to pull ourselves up by our very own bootstraps. We have to own our problems …. “.
    Eugene Nzeribe is likeminded and immediately does something by suggesting “a small “thinktank” to begin brainstorming immediately from our various places of abode. I hereby invite you and other like-minded Africans to let me know … ”

    Walter (and others) threw the gauntlet down, Malaka (and others) brought it to our attention. Let us see Africans rising to the challenge and give credibility to (in Thabo Mbeki’s words) the “African Renaissance” .

    Thomas (a white African)

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  355. The Rising Page (@therisingpage)

    This is SOOOO True!!! So true – it’s pathetically sad!

    In my country, the intellectuals blame everything – EVERYTHING on the government.

    Early last year we had the opportunity to hold elections for all offices – did the intellectuals show up? Those learned fellows? NO, they didn’t!!

    It’s all just a load of Poppycock!!

    Yet we (Africans), are still in a huge rush to leave our countries – the next generation has been brought up to “want” the West, at all costs…

  356. Zubby Igbokwe

    We might need a total wipe out of the continent in order to infuse fresh blood that might bring about positive changes. Unfortunately it’s not going to happen in our life time. Probably centuries to come. I say centuries !!!

  357. Edison Madziwa

    You need to go on youtube and search “10 famous child prodigies” then you might be able to take this debate on the right level or platform….So can we rewind and start afresh.

    Identify Africa’s child prodigies …groom them and invest on their talents so they can stay focused…give them incentives and protect them from anything that might take away their God given talents….Job done.

  358. Portia Bempah

    Be the change you really wanna see in Africa and just not post ”The time is now,Wake up Africa …………..What have you done in your own little way? At the age of 16yrs i was giving mosquito nets,condoms,malaria medications and educating people at Circle ,a suburb of Accra in Ghana with financial help from my dad .I was was not a graduate then so illiterates or non-graduates shouldn’t be circled out.In my country Ghana,most pacesetters and those who are making positive changes don’t have diplomas not to talk of phd’s .Bempahba

  359. Thabo Mophiring (@Thabo99)

    What irks me about this blog, is the mostly passive African voice when dealing with the white view. Almost accepting of the hierarchy.
    The only time the voice turns active is when it turns to talk to fellow Africans. That acceptance of roles is the real problem

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  361. Elsa Estrellita

    Sad as may be but so true. I was moved when I read this but funny enough not angered as most people have been but moved in thinking of how to change that so-called ‘Trait’ thats been apparently attached to Africans over time. As much as this angers people, its the only way most may be driven- by being told the truth bluntly..If people read this and are in no way given a ‘wake-up call’, then oh well! its gonna be another century of the same old tale and this time around, no one should complain… The problem with most ‘educated Africans’ is they only work hard to payoff that loan for a flashy car, or mansion..splurge on people and all that- the fast life. This isn’t about kissing the white guy’s ass, how many ‘educated people’ have we all seen that drive around modestly boosting their ego and status; and eventually die from HIV/AIDS or alcoholism (talk about smart guys huh) instead of using brains for something better…. If we could all selflessly be as hardworking as ‘the poor’ (as the American man stated), it sure would be for a good cause.. most of us forget that its up to us- so we don’t need to read this article and point out a handful of African intellectuals and depend on them or get mad at the plain truth … the question is what WE could all do- great or small to give back and prove this ‘ Perception’ wrong…

  362. olalekan oludunmade (@oludunmade)

    I hope Walter will not loose his job for this revelation, this is a top secret that has always been in the open but always neglected by we africans. We pursue personal aggrandizement to the detriment of our society and community, greed is every african disease that has ravaged us before hunger, war and HIV/AIDS or malaria and the greed and selfishness are the causes of the mentioned problem of diseases and war. We choose to have any rethink on borders issue as someone mentioned earlier, and this is what as always given me concerns personally, why did we have OAU, now AU? What has been their deliberation whenever they the so call Leaders of africa meet. This is time to spread this message to all progressive minded folks, home and abroad and hopefully we should be able to solve our problems. Part of our problem is division as someone has mentioned as well, Africans find it difficult to trade among themselves, but rather pursue trade balance with Europeans and Chinese. AFRICA RISE!!!

  363. daireenonline

    Two words: I cried! For me, for Nigeria, for Africa. Because this dialogue is the essence of our servitude and dependence on the white man. Can we break free, really? We need to rise to the intellectual challenge and stop faffing about it.

  364. ash

    hahaha,it is so interesting to see that neo colonialism is still present in society.first and foremost,the whole premise of this article is hogwash, the only people that succeed are those that help themselves so forget about the ”african intellectuals” bringing about change,that comes from within…the masses elect leaders into positions and not just the intellectuals.most americans succeed due to the ”every man for himself” policy.second,having a finance background i can confidently say that people abroad live well/richly on DEBT!!!!i would rather drive a toyota that i have paid for in cash than drive a mercedes that i can ill afford and just end up taking loans to fund items that have no value creation. third, i live in the uk and i can tell you for a fact that people here are poor!!!myself and my family back home are actually way better off even when you throw in the fluctuating exchange rate(am not bragging just stating it like it is).the government here gives people free houses if they are unemployed or if they get pregnant and are neither married nor working.there is zero motivation to work and what you get is a population of lazy and illiterate people who are always complaining over everything.before you go believing everything you read,travel the world abit and realise that we might be lagging in terms of technological advances(simply because the wazungus are treacherous especially with intellectual property… case in point a doctor in kenya whose aids formula was patented by them ) but we are actually more hardworking and superior.period.

    1. Eugene Nzeribe (@eugenenzeribe)

      Dear Ash;
      The development model I dream of for Africa will not encourage over consumption of non-productive items and will not promote living on high credit. To be realistic, an average family in African today, does not need $50k to live happily. A much lower annual wage will do. With good national plannings we can avoid the artificial rapid rise in wages as we have seen over the last 40 years in the west. Keeping African wages closer to cost will allow Africans to continue to buy almost everything, including large capital items (houses, cars, etc), with “cash”. There is no question in my mind that it takes just a little boost in income from a fairly challenging job for an average African to afford basic needs and be comfortable. I know a lot of people living in small towns in Africa who are much happier that those of us living in “cold” overseas. What we have to push for is for leaders in Africa to efficiently grow and utilize the resources in Africa, (people, raw-material, arts/culture, weather, minerals, etc) to make life better for all Africans, especially the 70% of our population that are still living in extreme poverty. Finally, when we discuss Africa, we must consider the various situations in individual countries in a wider spectrum bearing in mind that you can’t paint all with a single brush. Best Regards
      Eugene Nzeribe

  365. ash

    oh by the way,the rate of teenage pregnancies is also very high here(why bother going to school/college and getting a job when the government will give you more cash and a house that gets bigger as you conceive more??)hahahaha…..tsk!tsk!tsk! africans do not be fooled…..you are all brighter than this.and that is the end of my rant and rave…i promise🙂

  366. Muni

    Very interesting viewpoint, moved me to tears at some point, but out of indignation and pain for my continent. I’m Sudanese, but I’m sure we can superimpose some facts all over the continent, so I’ll take it from here.

    1- I’ve seen this before, cast all the blame of the Africans, because hey, there are those rolling in money – corrupt leaders? many of whom came with a coup (Sudan)? I have no association to such people, and they shame us, as a human race, for how easily evil we can become, but it’s not an African thing. The IMF, WB, aid agencies in general? that’s evil in varying degrees, right? They’re not African. There is good and bad, and the fact that the bad rule, control and push the good out of their wits and into poverty and oppression is a reality. So unless I’ve fairly elected a leader, I’m not responsible for his behavior or lack of correct action.

    2- When will we stop aspiring to have what “they” have. The other, we always think is better off than we are. We go to Europe, we live in the US, we like the comforts and the benefits and and and. Can we copy and paste this into Africa? No we can’t and we shouldn’t The aim should be to not be isolated from the world’s main institutions, but when it comes to the smaller things, we need to adapt them to our continent, our people, and our needs.
    Look how the gulf built a skylines of skyscrapers and ended up coughing so much energy to keep them cool – simple: it’s too fucking hot for a greenhouse looking/acting building. Adapt.
    It’s always played our that we need to be like the West/North but actually, the world doesn’t have that kind of capacity in terms of resources, to allow the North and South to consume in that monstrous manner.

    3- yes, we’ve been scammed, robbed etc by organizations that claim they want to help, while blatantly showing how we’re at a disadvantage. Every fucking leader who said yes, kicked his people in the face one more time. The problem is our leaders, in most of Africa, are terrible in governance, and they’re brainwashed to be greedy, aspire to useless crap, and forget about the human resources that can make Africa a powerhouse, given they are provided with solid education, and a decent and fair life. People, whatever the race, are more likely to be ambitious if they see opportunities within their reach and I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t take pride in contributing if they felt a sense of belonging.

    I actually have to go to class now, so I’ll publish and come back to perhaps add another point or two.

    Thank you for sharing your experience, I’ll circulate.

    1. Malaka Post author

      Well said! I agree whole heartedly with you on one point in particular: We must stop coveting what other countries have. We have to adapt and model our society, culture, architecture, etc in ways that work best for us as Africans. I just would like to see us start with paving good roads, giving access to clean drinking water everywhere, and OUR actresses decked out in diamonds from our own mines. Shallow? Perhaps, but there’s a point buried in my point.

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  368. Gb TAYLOR

    Perfunctory approach 2 dis post will readily win dis Blogger a resounding applause whilst indept analysis (which vry few ve done/doing) of d issues herein raised will aptly reveal d ‘Moral Deliquency’ & ‘Menta Laxity’ portrayed by almost ALL d Principals & Subjects (real or fictitous) captured in dis post. Note d corrupt (stealing) posture of d WEST as advanced by Walter as part of d SOLUTIONS to d ‘lazy’ dispositions of undiscerning leaders & intelligentsia of Africa. What a case btw “the Thief & the Lazy”

  369. Tshila C

    My point is as christians, we have to know that Jesus -Christ is the light of the world , wherever the Gospel was preach in truth , you will see a change in all area in people’s life, when we look to the way the europeen brought the Gospel in Africa , it was not to let it be free , well they were free in the sins but not in their mind, because the gospel is so powerful, Jesus can be anything that we are searching for ideas, political power…, let just give an example to African-american , when they did have the gospel , they used in every area in the life look the difference between them and the african, well this guy can say whatever he wants , his conscience also by reading this, he will know that I am telling the truth, we need real men and women to preach the right gospel so Africa can be free, at last…

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  371. ola

    Mediocrity,Laziness,corruption, name it are a culture in our societies and unfortunately the Leaders are from this same system which makes it insane to expect anything different from the status quo.For instance, when someone sees democracy as local kingship where another is not chosen until the king dies is a problem.Solution-grow a new PARADIGM shift that rewards hardwork,creativity,productivity etc and stop singing the praises of those who became wealthy by cheating the system, and start this with the younger generation of Africans.My professor friend in the US told me if ur research is not attracting govt funding,u will soon be out of the University system-meaning u are not productive.and it also takes excellence in leadership for the govt to value a research work where there is one.
    Let us always remember to teach our children that they can seek power to improve the lives of others only and not to take advantage of others.Hopefully Africa of their generation will be better.In my opinion,the reality we see today is the result of collective decisions made by someone/group of persons 50yrs ago.And the change in paradigm shift of now will manifest in the future if we nurture them.

  372. kupangi

    Reblogged this on mbokayabakoko and commented:
    So I came across this article a few weeks back on facebook. The topic is highly sensitive to many and controversial to some, however, I personally believe that it holds a lot of truth that many of us have not mustered the courage to say out loud just yet in fear of making it real. I advice you not to get offended but to be open minded and sensible to the subject.

    With that said, I wish you all a good read!

  373. tanko

    I repeat as I usually mentioned here and other places, we must emancipate ourselfs from mental slavery!

  374. Gb TAYLOR

    The issues raised in this piece center on
    1. The corrupt disposition of the WEST at advancing it cause/development at d detriment of ‘undiscerning’ Africa leaders (dat lack of discernment is in itself can aptly be described as mental laziness). D West capitalizes on dis self-induced ineptitude of the political class 2 ‘steal’ (as was prescribed by fictitous Walter as way out of d socio-economic and technological underdevelopment of Africa) and drain Africa of its prime assests: the intelligentsia!

  375. PA

    This is a rather simplistic view of the world. It’s not just one thing, or just one person but a plural of factors that have conspired to bring Africa to it’s current state. There is hope, I for one can say that I like the general direction in which my country, Kenya, is headed; several countries in Africa are moving in the same direction, several are ahead of us.

    To make a simple point: Why would someone need to tell the president that the “country” can make it’s own car? Assuming this is a necessity, why not just make a working prototype and prove the skeptics wrong? Assuming you do succeed, you will discover that getting your prototype to market is a lot more difficult than making the prototype, albeit not impossible. While the whole idea of making a “national car” is attractive, especially for national pride, I would encourage a route that takes advantage of our strengths first.

    If I may add, it is appalling that Africans look at politicians, career politicians at that, for the solution to their problems. Look at the west, the politicians look at the “intellectuals” for solutions. We keep complaining about government and systems that we never try to change, legislation, or the lack there of, we never try to influence. In order to absolve ourselves from blame, we look to politicians. I have a revelation for you: POLITICIANS WILL NOT HELP YOU!!

    And maybe I have an idea that can ease the solution, not a silver bullet, but a bullet nonetheless: Set up a business and create jobs. Fund some budding technological business. Seek out creative minds in your country and see if you can hook them up with a capital source. Mentor budding entrepreneurs and inventors, or get them mentors. Get young people and take them to trade fairs and science fairs, in the west, exposing them to the world. Lobby for enabling legislation. Pick a challenging problem in your country and have contest where the best solutions get funding. There is a myriad of things that anyone posting on this blog can do other than complain about corruption and bad governance; a country like the US doesn’t succeed because of lack of corruption, it succeeds in spite of it, whu not your country? Plus, when you create wealth, fewer people will be motivated to steal. In conclusion, lets forget about excuses.

  376. bentley namasasu

    Truth hurts like surgery. But this is the simple truth facing us. We need total reformation to our whole mindset. And we must start now-I think this is what Bingu has been preaching about all along. EDUCATION TO GET A BETTER JOB IN FUTURE IS NOT THE REAL THING, THING IS; GET EDUCATED TO ACQUIRE KNOWLEDGE TO ENABLE you to be MORE ENTERPRISING. In that way you’ll always find something to do to fend for yourself & everybody else. Always hungry for more knowledge & cultivating a creative mind, in fact, isn’t that what GOD intended for us!

  377. Vic

    Innovation will be killed right from the start here in Africa. When trying to develop a new language whilst in medical school in Ghana sitting hours on end and developing vocabs and getting better by the day, my aunt, cousins, schoolmates and everyone branded me weird, mad, psychotic, etc. Other experiments I set up by myself to understand a few natural occurrences were met with insults. Sadly I gave up. I hope not to give up again. In Utah, few white friends who I told about the language development asked questions and after a lot of explanation wanted to be recruited so that, together we build a new language. Unfortunately my stay was for a few weeks. In Ghana, colleagues said my Utah friends were just pretending and the idea is still weird. Just wait till a family of whites make a new language and it will make the news and Africans, perhaps including my colleagues will be willing to learn

    1. charles

      languages arent created by individuals, they evolve overtime and space. It IS wierd… tho very fascinating at the same time.

      1. Malaka Post author

        My dear, your idea is not weird at all. What is language but a means of communication between two or more people? If you can develop an in-depth language or code, it can be used in any arena from defense to the arts. After all Tolkein created Elvish and their are legions of nerds who speak Klingon.

        Don’t let anyone hold you back from your passion or idea because they can’t see a bigger picture.

  378. charles

    It is not enough to stay as we are, but to develop to the level of the west would require sponging off other nations like a blood sucker. Aka colonisation.
    Perfectly demonstrated in this cleverly fabricated article.

  379. AbDullatif Ayoub

    This is a very challenging article my fellow african intellectuals let’s make the most of our knowledge we have to achieve development in our countries…yes we can it begins with yoU….

  380. MASAYINA

    I suppose each one of us has a contribution to make, rich or poor, educated or illiterate, male or female, young or old. gone are the days of crowding around the white man as if to epitomize them into some demi-gods. Our universities do have dedicated African professors and other academics who have taught graduates that have been “stolen” by MIT, Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford because they have been frustrated at home: poor working conditions and conservative leadership that stifles innovation!!! The chorus is, “it has never been done before (I guess by the white man) so it cannot be done”. I for one has had to overcome such hurdles and line of thinking even among other intellectuals that I sit with in Boardrooms, whenever a new idea is brought up! It also depends on who is coming up with that kind of idea, before supporting the idea / innovation for what it is originators are scrutinized for who they are, their political affiliation, their ethnicity, mother tongue, and you are right – which joint do they patronize. You get PhDs giggling and making all sorts of gestures in these meetings instead of being think tanks they just reduce themselves to village professors. That is why they aspire to be politicians instead of world re-nouned scholars in their own right as they always look at themselves as subservient to the politicians for one reason or another. I believe Africa has the resources and everything it takes to move to the next level, what is required is a conducive environment that will allow new ideas to flourish and blossom.

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  382. Jzake

    The article is very informative, provocative and challenges us as Africans and also places us in a reflective mode to evaluate our individual contribution at whatever scale and level given the level of knowledge we have acquired so far.

    I agree that knowledge and skills at whatever level if not turned into action will never transform livelihoods in Africa. Achieving this requires innovativeness and possibly doing things differently outside the box beyond our usual comfort zone.

    Though there are many factors at play and many stakeholder interests involved at all levels. This makes it complex that even if you are a hardworking African, the environment can limit you.

    Surely you must be aware of the impact of international/foreign policies across all sectors were African leaders make row deals on behalf of the African people just to satisfy their selfish interests. For me this is the biggest problem, because the impacts of such decisions would last the generations and centuries!!

    At national level it’s even worse; most African Governments are not really investing or addressing the real priorities for the masses.

    It’s possible that the African education system has some weakness but also the breakdown/weakness in the African family/social systems were knowledge and skills was transferred from one generation to another could be a major contribution to state of Africa.

    Actually, sometimes I reflect and wonder how our fore fathers/grandparents were able to make great contributions and achievements yet they were not as educated compared to our levels today. That’s a food for thought and if there is opportunity we need to learn from these experiences and lessons as well.

    Lastly to say that not all Africans are lazy as the author of the article generally reflects! There are some actions/initiatives going on but just limited by the situation given that there are many factors and interests at play. Though we need to wake up a make meaningful contributions to consolidate these and also come up with new ones using the gained knowledge and skills if we are to transform mother Africa.

  383. Egid

    It was better while we waited, they have killed our past and are now busy killing our future. But one day Africa will be a giant continent in the world. “I have a dream”

  384. JOE

    ok if scietist have proved that we are made of the same gene, then what is the problem? why is the black man lazy? there is a fundamental reason. the genes are the same but i dont believe that we are the same. it just like cars. they have same features and run but BMW is not the same as FORD. stop the deception. africa’s mistake is that it has not followed a development pattern which conforms to his thinking and make up. PERIOD!

  385. WISDOM

    ok if scietist have proved that we are made of the same gene, then what is the problem? why is the black man lazy? there is a fundamental reason. the genes are the same but i dont believe that we are the same. it just like cars. they have same features and run but BMW is not the same as FORD. stop the deception. africa’s mistake is that it has not followed a development pattern which conforms to his thinking and make up. PERIOD!

  386. sammy opiyo

    the article is very good. the only un doing is at the end, where the author thinks it is the duty of the leaders to spearhead innovation. the world is one and innovation is individual. all those fellows who have done anything worth mentioning never went to their presidents to seek permission. the writer will still remain lazy because like all in africa he thinks the solution lies with some one else.thats what has kept africa down, because every time there is a problem , it is either the white or our leaders , it is never us . with that even this writer doesnt seem to have learnt anything from the nice chiding.

  387. John

    The nail has already been hammered on the head, but this doesn’t always mean that we can’t change…
    Africans are learning steadily, we are innovative, hard working, creative… if only all of us including our leaders could see the possibilities that we can be solemly dependant and turn away from the vices of corruption, neptoism , tribalism…
    If we could all change our attitudes, our thinking mentality and let the change we want start from within, i.e. you/me, then i believe Africa could be the best place ever.
    Further more Africa we are so blessed, God has given us productive land, good climate, great natural resources and much more. And that’s not it, He has also given us great ability to be creative, great minds to be innovative… if only we are able to tap into our potentials and use what God has given us to the best of our levels then we will achieve dependence.
    Africa, lets rise… this is our time, we can do it together but everyone must be willing. God bless.

  388. mungyeh

    I have read this blog with much joy. Only Africa has the the power to develop it self and nothing or body is coming to rescue us out of our problems, because who ever comes to Africa has an ulterior motive. We need to take responsibility for our land and stop blaming the white-man, or politicians for the things that happen to us. All we need to do is to concentrate on your portion of the struggle ahead of you and one day at a time Africa will get there.

  389. S Yahya

    Let’s ask ourselves, what we have done to change our people’s life? We have graduates in all kinds of knowledge and yet most of African countries lack health, education, and infrastructure. But I would argue that the problem is on us, the who have had a chance to be educated, and never lead and transfer their experiences to their countries to improve the daily life of our people or just to give back to something our communities. Yet you find the so-called educated (intellectuals ) in any African country, share the same attributes such as looking down to their communities, narrow minded by looking just around themselves and maybe his/her tribe and they never have a national or a regional vision to develop our societies.
    Let’s face it, Walter painted Africa and its environs vividly and it’s true that is norm in all African countries, but can we change the stereotype about Africa? this will challenge all the intellectuals to come forward and have an honest debate among themselves to lead and to give our people hope and future. Blaming other will not solve our problems and let’s look around where are the Asians, they had the same history of colonization, China becomes the would leader within 30 years, within that time frame most of African countries were independent and governed by their native leaders, but they never made it. it’s not about the natural resources and not about the white man either. it’s about us.

  390. Bishop

    Where do we start from?

    A population severely maligned
    Confused with hopeless values
    Zombies created from gullible humans
    Years of manipulation yielding their bitter fruits

    Leaders determined to sustain ills
    Only in people’s deprivation can they cope
    In government, religious, community, academic, institutions
    Leaders care, only for vanity and lies

    Safety zones created for unstable solace
    Funds for systems serving minions
    As has been for ages untold
    Where will salvation come from?

  391. Rasheed Alabi

    Zambia has just been used as a case study. The story is the same in the whole of Africa.
    We must all learn from this.

  392. Barbara

    I’m not sure about lazy as our lack of inventions ensures that we work twice as hard. Walter the oyinbo made some interesting points, we will only be allowed at the grown ups table when we put our thougts into reality. We dream, oh yes we dream, we won’t say it out loud but we do. Whether we can afford that luxury is another question! Take Nigeria for example, so many people unemployed, a tremendous number of working class on stanby with nothing to do. If only there was a way to bring the dreamers together with a system, that supports them and allows their ideas to thrive, thereby utilising the on standby working class, in turn making everyone’s life just a little easier, a little more comfortable. .in the mean time. We have to survive. Its the dark ages all right, maybe that’s the key. We all should go towards the light or rather if electricity shortage was no longer an issue, we could finally see ourselves think!

  393. Sean

    There we go, talking talking and talking…Instead looking for ways to focus on our local communities and help add value, we are busy passing comments across borders. Please, you all should just go back home and get to the basics. We need power, infrastructures and good governance by our governments. Important to note, those that traveled abroad to acquire the western education shouldnt find it fit to execute business ideas as an entrepreneur in Africa instead they should leave it to the locals to identify strategies that can work. If done otherwise, we will probably be laying another error-ridden foundation all over again.

  394. Funwi

    Masayina and Jzake aptly articulate my view: The African environment is at the core of our development nightmare. I know this firsthand as a Cameroonian; and the problem clearly transcends national borders. The same pillars of underdevelopment that were laid by colonial administrations at independence are largely in place today–from communication infrastructure to manufacturing.

    When has any Western leader ever consulted with an African “counterpart” before making a decision for his/her Western country? How often do Western leaders travel to and vacation/shop in Africa? How many of them have bank accounts in Africa? How many Westerners look forward to sending their children to African universities? Now think of the reverse.

    What became of the proud intellectual traditions at universities in Nigeria, Ghana, and Uganda? As far as manufacturing, when will Africa start producing what it needs and consuming what it produces? Why do African “leaders” believe they can best pacify their people by replicating (ill-equipped) general-education institutions in every province/state/region–all competing for the same limited number of students? How about creating institutions that are driven by market forces…developmental needs? I believe a think tank is where to start gearing our positive energies; and this forum should be no forum for black legs!

  395. Gretchen Enya

    Cette idee concerne toute l’afrique, pas seulement le Zambie. Nous devons tous se lever, se rappeller qu’on a assez de cette pauvrete et de cet incompetence. It’s no longer time to sleep, the cock crow has long sounded.

  396. Ali Francis Pabai

    I like this article in every which way. This is so because all what is discussed I don’t deny or find reason to dispute. Worse things have happened even. There are instances (documemted ones) where some shameless African leaders and their cronies have even begged the whiteman to come back and rule them simply because they they feel so wretched and spineless to run their own affairs and benefit themselves. It is not for lack of knowledge of development issues or technical know-how, many of our highly educated people studied abroad in advanced countries and even helped contribute to the development and growth of those countries in which they studied. But somehow we all just refuse to implement good ideas and vision in Africa. Those exceptional few who try to do so are clamped down hard on by their governments and jealous people who stand to benefit most from the good that would be accrued from the good work of these brilliant people.

  397. Mercy Moses Anyaele

    hmm! the whole truth is that we Africans dont believe on ourselves. lets sit and think of how to improve this state of inactivity. goverment should help us with the facilities, skills and technical-know-hows to help us do what the intellectuals(whites) are doing.

    1. Ntankobong Ntomseh GEMOH

      Mercy, I do not know that. We Africans now know our selves, reasons you see in some countries like Cameroon the poor who trusted the Elites have now decided not to participate in any elections because the ruling party and most of the top opposition parties are wolves in the same bush (this is because they are still hoping for a new party with new ideas and policies).

      Africans are very active, only some minority are inactive and these are the few rich and their children who knows only how to consume and spend the moneys that the active poors like me and you spend our life …. All a People needs from a Government is good policies to enable free, equal, individual and collective economic empowerment, political empowerment, technological empowerment … then freedom and good life (this is what our African Elites, call them rich leaders or Governments and some opposition parties in control of municipalities do not want to give to the people, because we will no longer worship them if we become individual and collectively strong economically).

      We have all the skills, visit our local workshops is all technical fields and see what we can do, our governments do not want to promote the genius in the poor but we are strong because they can not stop the fire in us.

      We are coming up slowly with the party of the poor and miserable, downtrodden and Cameroonian who stand for hardwork, equal opportunity, and justice and that is the National Labour and Development Party (NLDP).

      If you are a true Cameroonian (NATIONALIST) we shall welcome your feedback, and would love to hear from you if you are interested in volunteering to help build the party (NLDP) in your area, recruit new members, help with ballot access petition drives, or even to run as a political candidate in your area on the NLDP ticket. (nldpcameroon@gmail.com) Together We Can Shine! GOD IS WITH US!!!

  398. Ntankobong Ntomseh GEMOH

    Our Nation and our Future is what we make it based on which political party we vote for to management our State Affairs; the NLDP (National Labour and Development Party) with a new governance system is a guarantee for a better management of state affairs because you at your communities shall contribute in the decision making of the Nation through Communities Common Groups (with true local government representatives) so as to guarantee our global objective of Equal Chances for Self Achievements and A Better Life for All. We welcome your feedback, and would love to hear from you if you are interested in volunteering to help build the party (NLDP) in your area, recruit new members, help with ballot access petition drives, or even to run as a political candidate in your area on the NLDP ticket. Untill the day we the poor can stand up as one and elect one of us then can we Shine. Reasons we are Calling on All Cameroonians of good … to come onboard.

    Together We Can Shine!

    God is with Us!!!

  399. azange

    We need leaders like Mandela, Gaddafi, Nyerere, Tambo, Luthuli, Sobukwe, Biko, Nkrumah who came to represent the awakening of Africa. Let us follow on their footsteps on the journey towards liberating Africa politically, socially, culturally, intellectually, legally and economically.

  400. Yetunde Kowontan

    Wow!!! Mr Walter couldn’t have put it more succinctly. How long will Africans sleep walk in this 21st century? We need to move forward for A̶̲̥̅ change.

    if its possible let’s have a Mind-Merge physical meeting as I have over a decade of painstakingly well researched ideas that can move our countries and Africa to the next level by putting wealth in the hands of our people.

    Please reply and I can forward my contact. Thank You. God bless Africa

    I suggest humbly that we all drop our email addresses and we can form a pool and brainstorm on the way forward for our dear Africa. I can be reached on adeshewami@yahoo.ca

  401. Melissa

    As a 23 year old white girl I feel like this guy comes across as a bit of an idiot. I studied Anthropology of Development at the School of Oriental and African studies where many like-minded people from all around the world, and from Africa were there studying in order to better their own countries and half of them now after graduating are working their arse off everyday in order to make sure the grass-roots efforts going on in their countries in order to fight corruption and poverty aren’t being put to waste and are also backing efforts laid down by other people who are working incredibly hard and fighting for justice.

    It’s not the fact that ‘initiatives don’t exist’ or these ‘intellectual Africans’ are just getting drunk – it’s a matter of looking hard for where these organisations and these people are. They exist and there are many people who are fighting for change in a positive way. Saying “All your kind are lazy” is snooping low especially from some guy who has just said he lived in a mansion from the money he got from working from the IMF. He sound like a class A asshole. Yes, it’s true, maybe he does have some points that might hit home for a lot of people, realising that there are several graduates that study and just don’t do anything. First of all that is the case in every country but also there isn’t just ONE reason for Africa ‘being stuck’ in poverty …there are several. And from my point of view , I don’t think that there is in any way we can ignore the effects of colonialism.

    there are people who make is point much more eloquently and actually come up with potential solutions and ideas that can be done. Dambisa Moyo for example from Zambia who wrote ‘Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way For Africa”. Can you call her a lazy intellectual African. I bloody think not.

  402. African Views

    Ok, guys enough of this madness. it has to stop now.

    Actually this is a foul trickery, and mean if what I am thinking is right. Could this article had been conceived due to the fact that the Vice president of Zambia is a Muzungu (European descent)? Why did it take you so long to realize that. Oh boy Field Ruwe… that is not cool to play the nerves of your brothers and sisters like guitar strings just to venge yourself of some deprived joy. How much joy you must have derived from playing the devil’s advocate and knocking the heads of your fellow brothers and sisters against one another. You have been a Very bad bad naughty boy, you… Why did it take everyone so long to realize that you ate the lazy Intellectual African Scum. But hand it to you – all you have managed to do is depressed otherwise hard working people looking for meaning through this maze.
    Can’t believe – almost 700 comments …. we are so easily disturbed… that is disturbing.

  403. I.M.

    Interesting how many of the comments here fail to acknowledge the role that organizations like Walter’s and many others(corporations, banks) play in the plight of Africa. Many examples exist including just this past year where tyrants like Mubarak, were propped up by the US and the West, with indiscriminate violence. How about corporations that “invest” in Africa but don’t hire Africans, or pollute the environment like what is happening in Nigeria? All this talk of working hard doesn’t mean a whole lot if you are doing it in the context of a rotten system. In order to develop Africa, the people have to attempt to wrestle power away from “real” powers that be.The leaders are nothing more than front for destructive institutions poisoning the continent. When those “lazy” heroes like Lumumba,Ken Saro-Wiwa, or Floribert Chebeya speak out and galvanize their people what happens? They get murdered. This problem is hardly as cut and dry as people are making it out to be. The fundamental system is rotten to the very core and the only waking up Africans need to do is realize that the West and the Far East has much to much influence on this continent.

  404. Roger Izimba

    Am Ugandan and a friend shared this link, what a refreshing read! I have to admit its given me goose bumps. A lot of truth in their……to the writer thanks for sharing your experience and TO THE REACTIONS its like you didnt even read the piece. ONE thing am sure about and is clear all over this piece is we are quick to pick out the PROBLEMS and never engage in finding SOLUTIONS. WE always take the back sit and play the critic. Dear brothers and sisters lets take the front sit and find solutions. Thats what AFRICA needs

  405. ereta

    I think this guy is an idiot and racist and arrogant too. Africa’s problems are much more systematic than what he has portrayed to the writer. I don’t feel inferior to any white what so ever… whatever they feel towards me is none of my freakin business. Don’t make it look like white people worked to make this country prosper rather they made black people work.. that’s how they ended up prosper . Look at the US economy right now every freakin person working in technology or banking or education is a migrant of some sort …..so don’t tell us we don’t work …we work for u and for us too . Don’t’ tell us we don’t care about Africa …we care and we work here and send our brothers and sisters to school …We take care of our own ….Stupid hypocrite!

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  407. Al King

    The article is descriptive of true africans. Look back at history, and you would wonder why have we taken this lazy and don’t care approach to the african cause. Like the author said, africans problem is that we are lazy to think, we lack innovation, creativity, and are mediocre in our thoughts. we have the physique and muscular abilities, but lack the mental strength,vision, and power of the mind. This was what the europeans and americans realize century back and imported our fathers to work on plantations while they sat and think. We need a revolution in africa to change our mind set about ourselves, so that we can dream new dreams and have confidence in our abilities. Yes AFRICA can rise. Keep me on with your post.

  408. Baba Bd

    Wha is described above is a tragic reality that no African can deny. But what the writer forgets to add is that they are the source of our underdevelopment. We were once underdeveloped through colonial exploitation and now through colonial ties to the extent that our underdevelopment means their development. In case we find it possible to develop, then they will be in crisis. Look at the recent European debt crisis that has gone down with several regimes in the region. It is a manifestation of the criisis to come in the future with rising awareness in the most underdeveloped parts of the world. With more awareness Arab countries are now saying No to the West in terms of their oil exploitation. China is now giving more alternative goods to most regions of the world at low prices. Monopoly capitalism is facing a serious challenge. Imperialism of the West is causing more havoc to its people. Many are homeless. several Banks have collapsed, Unemployment is on the rise. The Great Dpression of our time. What causes all these? Only the West can answer.

  409. MD

    This is a thought provoking piece. Hopefully, more of us will be inspired to think of ways in which we can make our continent, countries, and localities better.

  410. Daniel Mwandawiro

    Africans are a disgrace to mankind. They have never invented anything, they are the only race to have been traded enmass, like cattle across oceans. They are the only race which is still enjoying dictatorship by idiots like Mugabe, Obiang-Nguema.

    1. African Mami (@afrikanmami12)

      Excuse me,
      Africans are a disgrace to mankind?! Speak for yourself! Despite all the negatives, in my continent, we are the best thing after sliced butter! How then can you motivate us to work towards innovation with such a derogatory outlook. By the way we do invent! Ever heard of the kadogo economy? It is a great invention as far as I’m concerned.SHAME ON YOU!

      1. Malaka Post author

        Thank you African Mami! I didn’t want to be the first to address this level of idiocy. This person made wild inaccurate claims about human history. Blacks were NOT the only people to be transported for slavery. Jews, Asians and Europeans have as well. Furthermore, girls in Taiwan and other “developed” nations are being sold for the sex trade as we speak!

        This is clearly a case of self loathing. It is to be ignored so that it can hopefully die.

        1. African Mami (@afrikanmami12)

          @ Malaka

          I only ignore when it is a troll. Otherwise this looks like an African or a person pretending to be African, who needs to be put in their rightful place! Urrrrgh…..Tired of people berating me and my peoples! Eff that. The west have had a field day doing that, now our own are turning against us….No ma’m!

      2. eugene Nzeribe

        African Mami
        I hear you. We have the best land of this earth and so do not let anyone tell you that we are a disgrace in anyway. The people who are ripping us off are the bigger disgrace to humanity. If the writer is African, I suspect that he/she did not mean those words literally. Please join our discussions on the new plan for Africa at: http://www.icafrica.com/acpd/. Thank you

  411. mashaa

    At last people are starting to see reason. Guys read books by prof George Ayitte,he was way a head on this matters. How many times has one been called a sell-out for stating or acknowledging what Walter is saying?

  412. African Mami (@afrikanmami12)

    This was a great read that incensed me to unfathomable heights! The utter display of white privilege, inferiority complex, and deranged feeling of him being able to tell us off, without acknowledging his doing in our continents regression is just infuriating!

    First and foremost, colonization has and will continue to play a great role in the regression of our continent. He chose to downplay the matter, because he doesn’t want the blame to lay square on his ancestry! Not that it should, because we have also picked up from where they left off. The white man may have left our premises, but the remnants of it all are clear and sundry for all to see. I do not know about the rest of you, but I do know of many “intellectually lazy scums” (IDIOT for calling us SCUMS!!!!!!) making conscious efforts to make changes-however miniscule, that are effecting change in that continent.

    Their roles may not be significant enough-as per his rants- to warrant his arrogant, self-appreciating and aggrandizing ass to acknowledge their efforts. Urrrrrrrrrgh! You should have spat in his face! And asked him why, Bill Gates and his foundation are using us as guinea pigs to test for malaria. Lawwwwwd hammmmmercy, I know my crazy ass would have, and that would have required an emergency landing! By the way, I know this is very off topic and not filled with a lot of intelligentsia. I just wanted to wooooosah!

    1. AFRDK

      well, why do we ALLOW Bill Gates, and all these other NGOs, to use us as guinea pigs? In this day and age, WE are the ones that make it possible for them to still use our continent as their playground. All we’d have to do is tell Bill Gates, NO!…but we don’t.

  413. unsignedunhyped

    Reblogged this on unsignedunhyped and commented:
    I NEARLY CRIED READING THIS;
    I REMEMBERED THAT AM AN AFRICAN, ALBEIT ONE WHO SPEAKS FLUENT ENGLISH;
    I SAW THE LOOK THAT I GET AND IT IS THE SAME THAT THE NEXT AFRICAN GETS;
    WE CAN’T RUN FROM WHO WE ARE, SO WHY START;
    BUT THIS REMINDED ME THAT I DON’T NEED TO RUN;
    I NEED TO EMBRACE MYSELF AS I AM
    LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND SEE THE GENERATIONS OF TIRED AFRICANS;
    WHO STRUGGLE AND KEEP STRUGGLING SO THAT I CAN STUDY;
    GET AN EDUCATION AND THEN WHAT, STRUGGLE SO THAT ANOTHER GENERATION CAN STRUGGLE
    A VICIOUS CYCLE THAT NEEDS TO STOP;
    EMBRACE THE CREATIVE GENIUS IN YOU AND STOP LIMITING YOUR SCOPE
    FLY BECAUSE THE SPIRITS OF AFRICANS RULE THE AIR AND THEY WILL BOOST YOU FURTHER
    THEN WHEN YOU GET TO THE ENDS OF THE WORLD COME BACK AND BOOST ANOTHER
    AFRICA NEEDS CHANGE,
    KENYA(&whichever country you are from) NEEDS CHANGE
    WE NEED TO REALIZE THAT WE ARE THE TOMORROW, WHY DO WE THROW IT AWAY
    WORK HARD ACHIEVE SOMETHING; NOT A DEGREE TO BRAG BUT AN EDUCATION THAT WILL ALLOW THE NEXT GENERATION BRAGING RIGHTS,
    LOVE AFRICA, IT LOVES US AND ALWAYS WILL

  414. unsignedunhyped

    I NEARLY CRIED READING THIS;
    I REMEMBERED THAT AM AN AFRICAN, ALBEIT ONE WHO SPEAKS FLUENT ENGLISH;
    I SAW THE LOOK THAT I GET AND IT IS THE SAME THAT THE NEXT AFRICAN GETS;
    WE CAN’T RUN FROM WHO WE ARE, SO WHY START;
    BUT THIS REMINDED ME THAT I DON’T NEED TO RUN;
    I NEED TO EMBRACE MYSELF AS I AM
    LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND SEE THE GENERATIONS OF TIRED AFRICANS;
    WHO STRUGGLE AND KEEP STRUGGLING SO THAT I CAN STUDY;
    GET AN EDUCATION AND THEN WHAT, STRUGGLE SO THAT ANOTHER GENERATION CAN STRUGGLE
    A VICIOUS CYCLE THAT NEEDS TO STOP;
    EMBRACE THE CREATIVE GENIUS IN YOU AND STOP LIMITING YOUR SCOPE
    FLY BECAUSE THE SPIRITS OF AFRICANS RULE THE AIR AND THEY WILL BOOST YOU FURTHER
    THEN WHEN YOU GET TO THE ENDS OF THE WORLD COME BACK AND BOOST ANOTHER
    AFRICA NEEDS CHANGE,
    KENYA(&whichever country you are from) NEEDS CHANGE
    WE NEED TO REALIZE THAT WE ARE THE TOMORROW, WHY DO WE THROW IT AWAY
    WORK HARD ACHIEVE SOMETHING; NOT A DEGREE TO BRAG BUT AN EDUCATION THAT WILL ALLOW THE NEXT GENERATION BRAGING RIGHTS,
    LOVE AFRICA, IT LOVES US AND ALWAYS WILL

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  416. Amaka Muanya

    The situation is really appalling. Our strength lies in our hands but we fail too see them. Rather we choose to blame colonialism. The day the whole of the African continent learns this – the starts our liberation. I love Africa.

  417. AFRDK

    The essence of what Walter said isn’t groundbreaking. I think many Africans think and know, and have known for decades, that what he says is true. Unfortunately, unlike in Western countries, opportunities for innovation, invention and creating an environment that foster these things lies almost 100% with our politicians and governments. Our universities train and produce brilliant minds, but the government doesn’t provide an environment where our intellectuals can apply their talents. That’s probably why Walter was seeing these people in the bars. Case in point, in places like Kenya, the government commissions China to build highways and bridges. Why? When the university has produced hundreds of civil engineers that are sitting around idle. Why does the govt fund these universities to train these engineers yet doesn’t hire them when they’re done? Most of our politicians are highly educated, but are still the least foward thinking people on the continent, yet we still continue to elect the very same fools. Why?

  418. foolio displasius

    Please o luminaries, now that you’ve achieved this resolution and are about to give birth to a new Africa, will you call your people back home and out of Europe? Don’t care if they’re waving prestigious PhDs to appear successful or peddling and harassing locals asking them money (every white man is a tycoon of course, it’s common knowledge).
    Just get the primates back to their continent before things change (nothing ever stays still) and we’re able to take first-hand action to defend ourselves, our territory and our culture. The people of Europe and its countries would know well how to deal with inferiors, trust this.

    1. Muntu

      Come fetch all the melanine deficient pink faces from Africa, America and Australia before the sun cooks them all then you can go ahead and send our people back to Africa. We don’t enjoy your crappy weather anyways.

  419. pirero@kip

    we should be proud as being africans;but that doesnt free us from not working like any human!brains we have,instructions the same.so why dont ‘THEY'(eng.,profs,etc)try to pull up africa.what drugs us is the politics!to much policies little to do.

  420. Muntu

    What bwana forgot to mention is that the white man’s country he was flying over was stolen from it’s rightfull owners who were simply massacred to make way for the muzungus who arrived from disease and poverty ridden England aboard the mayflower. And it did’nt end there either. They went on to steal all the resources they could from Africa, and lately, from the middleeast aswell. Wmd? My black @ss!

  421. putu prata

    its not accepting we are lazy but acknowldging our weakness and build a sence unity as africans.

  422. MIke

    I liked the message in your article as presented though the (seemingly fictitious) white Mzungu. But I highly disagree with your suggestion that we should look towards some leader, a political leader, for innovations. If you study the very white people you mention in your article, you will readily realize that innovations and inventions have NEVER come from any government or political leaders. Governments are just customers.

  423. Kolade

    lets just start doing something for Africa, stop kicking each other in the face, its time to move that continent forward

  424. Integrity

    If I offered you 3 Million Dollars (untraceable) to keep your neighbor’s innovation a secret… or even to NOT invent something at risk of it providing competition with the already over-fed cartel-driven oppressive companies, and government institutions, would you take it? What if I gave you 10,000 Dollars to vote for me at a mini-constituency rally, would you take it? What if i gave you 100 Dollars to tell a small white lie before a policeman, would you take it? Closer still, what if I SOLD YOU YOUR MOST ANTICIPATED DVD (Pirated) at just 1 Dollar…WOULD YOU BUY IT? Slavery, corruption and societal evil begin in the human heart…it is corruptible at all levels of society, and until you are WILLING TO SAVE UP and buy a non-pirated DVD…until you are WILLING TO GO TO JAIL unfairly for not paying a petty driving bribe… until you are WILLING TO LOSE POPULARITY by voting from your conscience and not your cravings…AFRICA will never be free>it starts with us, educated or not, 8-5 or hand-to-mouth. Let’s build nations of integrity, founded on morals above the norm and i guarantee you a brighter nation! It starts with you!! WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO LOSE TO FREE OUR CONTINENT???? [Matthew 15:1-20]

  425. Faith

    We need to start a forum where we can put our great minds together and change status quo. This is a wake up call for us to work towards resolving our issues. I read a book that makes me agree with “bwana” on looting Africa titled, “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” written by John Perkinsand it goes for 10 dollars. Its an eye opener. The internet has made the world smaller and more accessible, thus we can start a forum online and even schedule meetings online through teleconferencing and I am sure we can leave a legacy in our various countries. I can be reached on faithngigi@gmail.com

  426. jeremiah

    This is true and it is time for Africa to start opening up some technology innovation centers and give incentives to inventors. We need to break the culture of complaining and blaming other people for our own failures. The truth must be told even if it hurts. jeremiahkapotwe@gmail.com

  427. Shadows

    Very encouraging!!! I would refer to this article whenever i face hardships in my quest to be inventor. I can’t afford laziness, my country needs me.

  428. Dashen

    It is the lazy man that always look for who to blame for his mistakes. We hardly sit and think of what good we’ve done to improve our lives not to talk of the person next to you. Let us help our selves and we would be building the nation.

  429. Lee

    Well, the message from Mr Walter is authentic and I conquer!
    It is very unfortunate that majority of the contributors above are missing the point completely!
    Viewing this analytically the following are obvious:
    1. Mr Walter clearly admits the facts that brain-drain, looting, brain washing, you name it, do exist and this is the major tool/strategy employed by the rulers of this world and their associates.
    2. The education offered so far has not been able to liberate us from slavery mentalities.
    3. Our so called leaders are failing us; they are shepherds leading their flocks to slaughter house.
    4. We are busy signing our own death warrants every time we sign the so called international treaties, invite foreign investments(relinquishing the ownership of our key resources including our mineal-rich lands)
    5. We have and are still busy losing the right to decision as most of the decisions we make are not actually ours but we rather rubber stamp the policies dictated on us by the major global players.
    6. While the destruction is obvious we have refused to see what there is and instead we stick to what we are being told(speculations).
    7. When carefully analyzed our policies do not benefit our people but a few selfish leaders and their families and friends
    He(Walter) further pointed out that we DO NOT HAVE EDUCATED PEOPLE!!! As a prerequisite to being educated one should change from the state of not being (as) able/productive to being able/productive. With our intellectuals trading words instead of doing something useful or inventing useful thing for our people it is clear that we are heading for doom!
    Unless we smell the coffee we shall continue receiving carrot and stick treatment for the rest of eternity.
    He insists that we can reverse the situation if we stop whining about the previous situations and take control of our situation.
    CONCLUSION:
    A better Africa is reality if, and only if we make our decision outside the box that we are in currently.
    We can not succeed using the current methods and procedures as these are designed to keep us down so that the developed continue to reign.
    We need new methods, policies and procedures which are specifically designed for our situations and more importantly our environments.
    Education is good only when the educated use it to benefit the society instead of using it for their selfish reasons.
    The truth is a bitter pill. We need cure so we have to take it!
    Please treat this as a wake-up call! Don’t be adamant people, we have a problem, let’s face it, it’s for our own good!
    Let’s invent our own cheap methods/technologies to better our live and consequently our countries and the African continent!
    May the Lord guide us, Amen!

  430. Johnstone Kamau

    more than 3/4 of the 52 African states acquired their independence from colonial powers by the end of the 1960’s. Each of which bringing to the table some 50+ years of self rule, translating to over 1,900 Years cumulative total! I think the deplorable situation of abject poverty is replicated across all of Africa with larger proportion of the people’s wealth in the hands of a privileged few politically connected elite. An African solution is what we require to begin building the mother continent afresh. By the people and for the people.

  431. Gail Welch, Director of CoolWater Projects and former missionary to Sierra Leone

    I don’t think these things were said to you or that there is a “Walter”. These are good things to consider, though, and perhaps better received by Africans if they believe that the one who said these things was not one of their own, so they can hate him and seek to change (?) Also, when I came upon this page, I pressumed that the author was a woman based on the photo of the woman and the title “Mind of Malaka”: Motherhood. Marriage and Madness”. It appears you use forms of deception to portray your points. Be true. Its all for good.

  432. Philip Ndebele

    I dont think there is fundamental error in the graduates our african institutions produce, rather its the central dogma that it is indoctrinated in us right from birth.We feel not the need to invent or at least to have an innovative mindset. We are taught to look upon anything African as inferior. This is somehow done consciously or unselfconsciously through media, technology, clothes and even the education system. At school we are not taught how to make a business but rather we are given a formula on how to manage and grow efficiency on someones already existing business. We lack the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst our top talent (intellectuals).We are not to question but rather embrace and become very good to excellent in the given knowledge. For me its not about the scientists, doctors, researches , engineers and PhD we produce .But rather the ability of looking through our circumstances, race , tribe and political woes. To cultivate a new kind of culture of true partisanship and entrepreneurial mindset among our top talent and institutions.

  433. Wami Ichemati

    i agree to some extent…we lack self believe, lack organization, distrust among ourselves, and our system isn’t encouraging. Our government has failed use greatly in Africa or Nigeria.
    I have read comments generated by this post randomly &we are basically saying the same thing or been repetitive, no doubt a lot needs to be address in Africa. i will urge everyone to make an impact positively in whatever he or she does. i totally disagree with what Walter said of “We Africans as been lazy”. If he had the interest of Africans at heart since he said we are not different, he would have made an impact positively to the growth of Zambia or Africa rather than steal from her.

    Wami Ichemati (Port Harcourt)

  434. Lisa

    All we say is ”sad”, but what is the way forward. Nigerians in Diaspora for a research group to take innovation back home, and not be a big boy when you come home and looked down upon when your go abroad

  435. Lisa

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    All we say is ”sad”, but what is the way forward. Nigerians in Diaspora please form a research group to take innovation back home, and not be a big boy when you come home and looked down upon when your go abroad.

  436. Alfred G. Bidemi

    I really thought provoking piece. I believe the bain of Africa’s poverty is lack of creativity. Our universities churn out graduates whose certificates are meal tickets and not a tool to stimulate creative thought. It’s high time we get the engine room of creativity- education- re structured and create inventions that positions us strategically in the 21st century.

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  438. Korli

    I came across this a while ago. First of all, the Walter person seems fabricated, even though the point being made is still worthy of serious consideration. Secondly, it is risible to think African intellectuals are solely responsible for the plight of Africa. There are too many other variables being ignored. It will take a suicidally brave person, so to speak, to claim that Africa would have been in a better state if there were no African intellectuals. The blame is myopically being placed on the wrong crowd. Finally, we can not comprehensively consider the problems of Africa without references to slavery, colonialism and neo-colonialism. That would be unquestionably inept.

  439. Eunice Nyamasyo

    Much of what he brazenly states is true but there’s also a lot going on through the efforts of scholars, intellectuals, and innovators. There is ample evidence of intellectual by the so called ‘better than you’ fellows mentioned in the article, and to which the writer believes he belongs.

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  441. wilson waita muasya

    This due to massive corruption,tribalism,nepotism,impunity and leaders who the word “patriotism” is foreign to them and seem to be on holiday in the country awaiting to return to their home country.

  442. Steve

    Here is my part in my Nation – Nigeria.
    THE LIST OF SOME NIGERIANS THAT STOLE BILLIONS IN NIGERIA- FROM E.F.C.C. CHAIRMAN

    Dr Erastus Akingbola N27 billion;
    Chief Osa Osunde N55 billion
    Charles Silva Opuala N2.4 billion;
    Francis Okokuro N2.4 billion;
    Francis Atuche N80 billion;
    Okey Nwosu N95.1 Billion;
    Sebastian Adigwe N277.3 Billion;
    Raymond Obieri N131.8 Billion;
    Dr Bartholomew N187.1 Billion;
    Cecilia Ibru N160.2 Billion;
    Tom Iseghohi N15 Billion;
    Dr Ransome Owan N1.5 Billion;
    Rasheed Ladoja N6 Billion;
    Bode George N100 Billion;
    Babalola Borishade N5.6 Billion;
    Nyesom Wike N4.670 Billion;
    Roland Iyayi N5.6 Billion;
    Chimaroke Nnamani N5.3 Billion;
    Lucky Igbinedion N4.3 Billion;
    James Ibori N9.2 Billion;
    Orji Uzor Kalu N5 Billion;
    Ayo Fayose N1.2 Billion;
    Saminu Turaki N36 Billion;
    Jolly Nyame N1.3 billion;
    Michael Botmang N1.5 Billion;
    Hamman Bello Hammed N2.5 Billion.

    * We advocate a speedy change in court procedures with EXPRESS PRESIDENTIAL BACKING- that will ensure that these corrupt Nigerians and others of their ilk are brought to justice and the common wealth returned t SUFFERING, POOR NIGERIAN MASSES!

    * We advocate severe punishment for these CRIMINALS that WILL SEND A SERIOUS STATEMENT OF INTENT OF THE JONATHAN ADMINISTRATION.

    * We call on all well meaning Nigerians to REBROADCAST THIS ON EVERY MEDIA PLATFORM POSSIBLE LOCALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY.

    * We solicit support to put this malaise in the consciousness of Nigerians and lovers/friends of Nigeria across the globe, if we must make progress, then we must STAMP OUT CORRUPTION OR REDUCE IT TO BAREST MINIMUM.

  443. Rulinda

    I wrote this sometime back and I hope it is in line with this article. Offensive as this could have been, it was spot on. I moved back home and hoping to make a difference

    My letter to my generation
    Young Africans,
    I hope you are fine this sunny morning, I woke up and the sun was so
    bright and seemed angry with the people it had to shine for. I am
    writing to you to let off my chest what I have observed and what is
    really saddening. Just sit down and read my letter much as you may not
    like what I have to say.
    I was walking around and started to wonder What happened to the
    african man that believed in developing his nation? What happened to
    the likes of Kwame Nkrumahs, Jomo Kenyattas, Nnambi Azikiwe, Nelson
    mandelas and Ben kiwanukas of africa? Is this what they had in mind
    when they fought for us? Is this the generation they were hoping to
    see take over their hard work? Less and less of us want to be part of
    the constructive part of Africa, but a vast majority of us will gladly
    join in as we destroy the progress that has come to pass. Think about
    it the vast majority of us will join in to create commotion and
    vandalize our own nations. We are a generation
    of opportunists and scavengers like hyenas and vultures we are afraid
    to hunt our own food but opt to wait and eat the crap left by others.
    We have forgotten the value of hard work and the pride of the African
    man. All over the world the African man is associated with conning
    people and laziness….hmm that is Not the image of the African man
    our fore fathers had painted, they were hardworking, they were
    articulate, they were proud, they were developmental, innovative and
    most of all they were PATRIOTIC. were is your patriotism? Is it in the
    strikes? Is it in the fraud? Is it in the protests? Is it in the
    bribery? Is it in the embezzlements? You have sold you soul for a few
    coins, a judas to your nations and your continent. You watch the
    greedy and selfish come in and take over your land take you back to
    colonialism and you applaud saying they are saving you from tyranny
    and bad governance, Really!!!! You sit and don’t work and blame your
    government for not creating jobs yet your lands back home are left
    unattended to.
    African man please stand up, please , please stand up.
    Stop living what you see on TV,Take responsibility as a man, pull you
    pants up, speak to elders with respect, respect women, educated or not
    go to work. You were once the source of knowledge, from you
    civilization and development to structure, today you are the poster
    boy for disease and poverty, you have thrown away all your manly
    values,you have no constructive and developmental conversations but
    choose to shout profanity and nonsense,You destroy your home in
    pretense of seeking democracy, you sell your people and home for
    comfort today have you thought of tomorrow? You laugh as your neighbor
    falls have you thought that that same enemy will come for you next?
    If we don’t change our ways I weep for Africa if we are the people
    that are going to inherit it.
    Once again I say
    AFRICAN MAN PLEASE STAND UP.
    Regards
    Your fellow Af