Racing for Africa’s riches
Monday, May 19, 2008
Chinese, Russian and Indian investors are battling for African resources to fuel their growing empires.
Russian’s foreign policy is now focusing more on investing in Africa as they lost out of the scramble for Africa or to be blunt they never participate, now they want to make up for lost time by investing and reaping and raping and ridding Africa of it natural resources.
Look at places like DRC where the war still ravages and the crème de la crème of the elites are in hiding in the West so there is a big vacuum in terms of human resources to adequately address DRC interest in these contract negotiations with these shrewd investors be it Indians, Chinese or Johnny from Manhattan. African states that owned and should benefit more out of these God given resources are emerging worst off and our children still go sleep hungry as these hyenas rob Africa of its birth right possessions.
Take a look at the middle east
Africa like the Middle East notably Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are blessed with infinite deposits of oil and gas and other earthly pursued natural resources for its people. If the Saudis and Kuwaitis are able to get it right why not we Africans. It gives me sleepless nights when I lay on my bed trying to come to conclusion or get answers to this puzzle.
In my lonely meditations and prayers to see a way out of this mist I have come to two suggestions as to why the Middle East succeeded and we failed to get the best of what ALLAH/GOD has given us from creation. Africa should be the most develop nation in the world today as we are the continent where there are more natural resources but look at our lot; Africa is the land where the sun shines brightest and yet is the Dark continent; Africa is the Cradle of Civilization and yet we are very backwarded and these thoughts bedazzles me in my sleep and in my lonely hours, so I set out for answers and what do I get? Thus:
School of thought (a)
I have reached the conclusion that we failed to get the best out of our god given natural resources because we were or are not People of the scriptures that is we do not have our own written common language and an alphabet. I do not mean a developed language or alphabet but a written civilization of our own. African is mother of Civilization as it started here but what did we get out of it. If that civilization was truly utilized then how come they enslaved us and colonized us. Where are our prophets as the mission of all prophets is to emancipate their people but I stand to be corrected on a list of African prophets, send to us to enlighten us and equip us so that we are strong and we are learned to stand up to the slavers and their wicked intentions to Africa. If indeed we had a prophet then the woes that befall this mighty continent called Africa would never have happen to its people.
Up to today we have just had the same thing going and we need prayers to stem the ties as we are still digging our graves as a people and a race. We still beg for food, we beg for Medicine, we beg for loans, we still beg for Visas, we still beg for friendship. This is all wrong for a mighty people and a mighty continent like ours but where we go wrong I do not know and I wish I can find out some day in order to save my children from my restless thinking and meditations about the plight of our people.
If the Middle East got it right then why not Africa? Can somebody tell why and where but I still subscribe to the school of thought I mention here until I have something to replace it, that no prophet spoke to us to deliver and educate us to love, protect and develop ourselves.
There is a conspiracy in all these White people and Arabs coming to teach us God and Love when they never teach us the basic and foundation of survival that is knowledge of emancipating our lot economically- food, cloth and shelter. Just look at CHINA the most powerful nation on Earth and that is my verdict.
China is the most powerful nation today under the sun and do not mind them when they pitch USA as the world super powers it is just historical figures and indexes they portray to show their might. It is all propaganda, the power today is in china and with time, very soon you will believe what I already knew and you will soon find out yourself. Then it will be a case of if I knew then what I know today I would have worked with the Chinese and not the West.
The loot form slavery and colonialism is ebbing and there is no new planet discovered so they have a big job on their hands to maintain and propagate people’s mindset about supremacy of white race. Look at the unemployment figure in the West, Look at what the USA owes to China, look at their local council such as the borough of Newham and the Housing catastrophe in UK.
Their kingdom is falling and they know it so look to the East and not the West as the West has nothing to offer African Emerging Democracies but sanctions, guns, history lessons and pride as in stories such as, WE CIVILISE THE SAVAGES. Even for the Chinese they had an ancient civilization uninterrupted and a language and an alphabet to draw a start from and move up to where they are today.
They are never cheated out of contracts by foreign companies operating in their own countries. Africa has not got one and that is why we are where we are, when shall it end? I do not know or perhaps the answers lies with President Yaya AJJ Jammeh as he has so far gone to Africa traditional ways, stopped holidaying in the west, Embraced education on tailor need,, meaning getting and giving scholarships to fields we need as a people and no scholarships on virtual subject that are alien to the African and Africa’s way of thinking. Tribal herbal medication, Oral surgery of the masses about oneself, Back to Land Call, to name a few but on a grand scale all his calls are paying off dividend so may be that is the way forward for Africa. Please spare him of your evil propaganda and FBI and CIA this and that. However, with Allah there is a way and maybe it Africa time through Yaya.
School of thought (b)
The other conclusion I have reached is Western Education and Other Foreign education systems that do not work for Africa. Education is meant as an instrument of change and for Africa it is not the case. The Education system handed down to us form colonialism is not right for Africa and it needs a lot filtering and doctoring.
Look at what we have got out of the first badge or those graduates who went to school under the colonial system of education, what and where have they taken the masses in terms of development and economic emancipation? Africans are hidden all over the Western hemisphere in their universities, lecturing; in their kitchen, cleaning and mopping; in their care home, looking after old white men and women; in their railway stations, serving as security guards.
That is the education that they were given to prepare them to serve white civilization and it is then their right place to be but not the right education for Africa. The education system needs total overhauling to be tailored to our needs. I think and I stand to be corrected that the type of education for Africa is the wrong one and that is where all, our problems start.
If the foundation is wrong then nothing will go right with the building and Africa’s education system is like a house on fire and we need every help by bold and sincere presidents like his Excellency Yaya AJJ Jammeh to pioneer that revolution. Western education has ridiculed us as a race and the nation state of Africa and look at what it has turned us into.
Our graduates are paranoid; they are pompous and selfish when in the actual sense those are the vices that their acquired education should have eradicated. But look at what western education has done to our brothers and sisters it has reduced them into a laughing stock for the white people’s side and to us they are a sight of intimidation and a clique of oppressing and selfish bunch bent on looting the nation and not leaving any tangible solution to the plight of their people.
It is a sorry scenario for Africa as the education we feed our sons and daughters is the wrong one our problems are compounded daily. If the education was right then White people, Chinese, Indians will never cheat us in our own countries on small prints and written contracts. But they are robbing us of our possessions by way of written contract therefore the education system is faulty, let us try something else as what we got is not working.
I am at this junction today, and I am waiting for Yaya AJJ Jammeh or any other good son or daughter of Africa to come and pick me up from here to a place called solution to africa’s natural resources-benefitting the masses and poverty eradiction.
In the Gambia, today
In the open so far the Gambia is devoid of any natural resources but there is a big hope and anticipation through the present regime’s determination and efforts that what is news can be translated into substance. I wish to also pray for the two evils that dogged oil and gas sightings and subsequent exploration to spare the Gambia.
Civil strive, meaning war and war mongering and instability that is mostly associated with oils and natural resources are not present with our package here in the Gambia, Amen! White people and the West are the cause of all this mess in Africa today as they have their hands and noses into everything going on on our shores be it good or bad.
Take a look at what SIR MARK THACTER was trying to instigate in Equatorial Guinea- a bunch of unemployed, disgruntled, must get rich middle age white men staging a coup’d etat on African soil. No one is talking about it today, how dear you forget so easily. Life is too precious to be thinking about your belly only all the time.
It is about our children, it is about our heritage, it is about our posterity and it life and dead issues. They just greedy but there is enough for everyone, so why is mankind still struggle for food alone when they can go to so-called MARS for exploration, Madness all over. Africa rise and Gambia rise first and show the brother the way forward.
To be continued
Author: by Momodou Camara- Daily Observer Columnist)