Black Africa; and O.P.M.

There was a recent debate in Westminster Hall on how good it was to be giving large amounts of OPM (Other People’s Money) towards worthy causes in Africa; the worthy cause in this particular instance was the provision of clean water and sewerage to the ‘needy’ in villages all over the place. The premise is, as far as can be established, encapsulated within the statement ‘Well Africa is rather large, and there is allegedly large numbers of villages, so let’s give a lot of cash, because that will sort the problem out, and then all us do-gooders will sleep the good sleep, with no furrows creasing our earnest brows; and that will have solved the problem.

I was thinking about my next paragraph, when I recalled a post I made some five-odd years back, which featured the thoughts and beliefs of a Black man who gets an awful lot of stick within his own Continent; mainly because his opinions are so widely disliked, or engender such disapproval. Readers: I give you Mr. Idang Alibi, who is his own man, and speaks his own mind:-


Albert Einstein who is acknowledged as one of the brainiest men that ever lived on the surface of the earth once said that the average human uses less than 10 per cent of the brain God has given to him.

Whether out of a sense of modesty or he was seriously speaking the truth, he said further that even he himself (who had such a high reputation for accomplishing much with his brain) did not use more than that 10 per cent. . If this assertion is correct and if other races use less than 10 per cent of their installed capacity for production, I can safely say that we Black people use less than one per cent of our installed brain capacity for reasoning, inventing and producing things.

Why do I say so? Our race seems so averse to thinking and this helps to explain why we have achieved so little in terms of socio-political organisation, scientific and technological inventions, economic and material development and in all other indices of human progress or development. Please do not accuse me of being harsh on ourselves. I say this out of patriotic anger and disappointment and there is truth in what I am saying.

I have said several times that this earth that God has made our habitation is a work-in-progress. God deliberately did not ‘complete’ creating a perfect world for us his children to just dwell in it without a care for anything but to tend it, subdue it and make it to suit our requirement because he did not intend us to be robots, but to be thinking and creative beings who will be his partners-in-progress.

That is why God did not build houses for us to just inherit and live in, once we are born; but He created limestone, clay, sand, water and granite for us to figure out how we can convert them to building materials and use them in making for ourselves habitable houses. God could have made us furniture but he instead made for us tress so that we can fashion out from them wood and turn them into the kind of furniture we desire.

With thinking or creative faculty bestowed upon us we are meant to put our brains to work. But we the Blacks are the least willing or the least able of all the races to put our brains to productive work.

Our refusal, so to say, to use our brains and think out solutions to the challenges confronting us is the number seven reasons why we are the way we are–poor, miserable and pitiable.

We Blacks everywhere are too willing to resign ourselves to any situation in which we find ourselves. The Black man can remain in a ghetto environment for centuries without thinking about how to improve his circumstances. Government will not care about him and he will not care about himself. Go to any African country: the same type of grass-thatched round mud house that our ancestors of pre-historic times lived in is the same type of houses many of our people are still living in today. This does not in any way show a people who regard life as a continuing battle to conquer and subdue the earth so we can live a better life than our forebears did. This shows a people who do not sit down and use their brain for their own good.

From the little reading I have done, I have discovered that every great civilisation that has ever been built was done so based on certain ideas: the wise elders of the people of that material time sat together and reasoned among themselves and decided that they needed to follow certain principles of life before they can grow and develop. It is said that ideas rule the world. They indeed do. Every country that is known as great is built on an idea or a set of ideas. Any discerning person who visits any country for the first time, will know what ideas, or if any ideas at all, informed the building of that country. You will know if a country is built to confer the greatest good on the greater number of the people or is meant for the elite or is a looters’ haven.

Europeans who fled from religious persecution to the new world of what is today America decided that they will embrace what we call today Protestant Ethic namely frugality, liberty, hard work, discipline and the pursuit of happiness. Employing these principles they proceeded to build a country that has become an empire still buIing the rest of us in the world today.

About fifty years ago the tiny city-state island of Singapore was a dirt poor place, even more backward than some of the countries in present day Africa. One man, who can be called the island’s philosopher-king according to the prescription of Plato, sat down, thought hard and decided that certain things needed to be done to take Singapore from a backward Third World nation to a successful First World country. That man is called Lee Kuan Yew.

He said the country must embrace a sort of capitalism driven by the state which is in turn governed by a tiny band of highly educated, patriotic, honest, absolutely corrupt-free, disciplined and visionary elite. Today, that country that is smaller both in size and population than Sokoto state is called a tiny titan; it punches far above its weight!

Where, I cry, are our own thinkers, planners and executors of the ideas we have for building great African societies? First of all, what are the ideas that we Africans have for building our countries? This is where everything starts: a good thought.

On what ideas is a country like Nigeria founded? From the way our country is run, it looks like this is anything- goes- place. It is a place without rule or order. Do anything you can and anything you please to grab as much as you can. If you like keep your loot here or better, hide it in safe havens abroad. Even if a country is founded to be a rouge haven, there must be guiding rules for roguery so that every rogue can enjoy his loot in relative peace. But no. Dare to call for some kind of conference, whether sovereign or non-sovereign so that our governing elite can sit down and decide what we need to do as a people, and many who are afraid that an inconvenient rule may be made to stop looting may be thought of to spoil their own chance, will not like to hear that. And so we are stuck.

And that is the fate of many African countries. We are afraid of even thinking about the way forward. What a tragedy!

7 comments for “Black Africa; and O.P.M.

  1. Hereward Unbowed.
    April 25, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    I don’t suffer from and because I always tend to pragmatism, never have recognized post colonial guilt complex.

    I look back at Southern Rhodesia and weep tears of frustration for black and white alike – for everyone, who lived there before the time of Mugabe.

    The resources are still there, good rich soils – where you should be able to, can grow (with plentiful supplies of water and irrigation) what ever you’d like to, vast access to copiously abundant ores, minerals and even precious stones, the country is still, nigh an untapped goldmine.

    I don’t think it would be an exaggeration to say, that, everybody living (currently) in Zimbabwe should have a very comfortable and relatively easy life and resultant span. Zimbabwe, it should be a beacon and the breadbasket of Africa – and possibly for the rest of the world. All it needed was, careful and considered nurture, patient caring understanding of and about the needs of its peoples and proper coordinated utilization of resources, it could have been done, it was being done.

    But the key to unlock this bounty? One minor detail but a very big ask and requirement, the rule of law, justly, equably administered.

    What happened? Africa, one day – happened to come calling.

  2. Henry Kaye
    April 25, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    I’ve encountered too many educated and intelligent black people to think that this situation is a racial problem. As Hereward says above the problem would appear to be with those who have risen to head up what remains a tribal structure. Black Africa needs LEADERS who will understand the importance of education and the lessons to be learned from the successes of capitalist societies world-wide. My knowledge of Africa is limited but I am sure that there is the potential there for most of the African countries to achieve much, much more by their own efforts.

  3. Errol
    April 26, 2016 at 6:04 am

    It isn’t skin colour but basic geography. We couldn’t support our populations and so we progressed (in the real sense, not the regression the Left call progressive) in science, maths, farming, building, law and culture. Society was forced to move forward because (much to the hatred of the Left) the people wanted it. Markets drove our needs and education came from those markets. Law came from a need to ratify treaty and trade fairly so we could continue to trade. Society evolved to create wealth (and yes, it was unequal) but that in itself drove reforms for better housing and thus markets pushed for workers rights and individual freedoms.

    At each step, the fact that we haven’t had a lot of space has pushed us t expand outward. The Left hate it, but that has caused us to grow and advance as a society. When you don’t have to worry about space you don’t create all those structures necessary for expansion and development. You don’t engineer huge bridges when you don’t need to, or build well insulated brick homes or stable roads when nature has provided them. Thus as a consequence you don’t get stable organised government because trade is still agraian subsistence level because survival is possible without them.

    What is more notable is that the Middle East had all of this – science, art, culture, technology and threw it away for religious dogma and superstitious silliness. Why?

    What Africa needs is trade – free trade. Not charity. The backward Left though insist on treating the African poor as backward savages only they can ‘bestow’ their demented vision of fairness (poverty) and tolerance (violence) on. As always, throughout history, poverty, ignorance and intolerance is perpetuated by those meddlesome fools who think they know better because they’re spoiled stupid off the backs of better men who do all the work, creating the automated, clean, safe and comfortable society these Lefties parasitically feed off while simultaneously complaining about.

    Apologies for the rant: TLDR not their fault, big country, Left to blame for keeping them poor.

  4. Trevor
    April 26, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    It’s nice for Henry to have met so many clever blacks, although I infer from his comments that they were not in Africa so are hardly in a position to contribute, but his experiences do not negate the persistent data on sub-Saharan IQ. It really shouldn’t be surprising that an area with a population that is, on aggregate, significantly less intelligent than the world average is failing to thrive.

    • Henry Kaye
      April 26, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      Trevor, You are quite right that the black people I referred to were not Africans but were in fact educated and settled in other lands. I do agree with you in assessing the intelligence level of so many of the African people and my comment was intended to point out that it is not a racial thing but a question of environment. Given a western style capitalist environment black people have the potential to develop their intelligence and education to equal their white countrymen. I lived and worked for 30 years in Bermuda where the population is 75% black and, believe you me, there is nothing wrong with levels of education and intelligence there!

      • Hereward Unbowed.
        April 26, 2016 at 6:48 pm

        Most if not all of African’s problems stem from their brethren, ie Africans and Africans running corrupt states.

        Africa, whether it be west, north, east or south…… where power is concentrated in an elite and their hegemony is jealously, zealously guarded.
        A ruling elite, protecting their own, nepotism, graft on a vast scale and favour are the currencies of advancement and always, it means, to the exclusion of the majority – their fellow Africans.

        As we can see from, Sudan to Morocco, Egypt, Nigeria to South Africa the blasted ex Belgian Congo……. and more often than not, all ills are blamed on the former colonial powers and the west.

        The Socialist tosserati, play to the meme, particularly in the US and Britain playing up to this African victim hood status. Victim hood, has grown into a vast industry, not only in Hollywood but all over the Internationalist political sphere and NGO’s who constantly plough these abundantly rich fields tending a: perpetual grievance culture. And in doing just so: unaware (aren’t they….or is it something else?)…which means that and paradoxically………the SJWs augment, debilitate further, actually perpetuate Africa’s ills.

        Until, Africa can wean itself off the aid teat. Next, the people to assert themselves and through throwing off the yoke of the slavers who still run countries like Sudan, Cote D’Ivorie, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe to name but a few.

        Maybe, you can understand why it is that, they travel great distances and risk their lives to get to somewhere, anywhere, so long as: it isn’t Africa.

      • Trevor
        April 27, 2016 at 12:28 am

        Henry, it cannot simply be environmental. The IQ gap, which you now acknowledge exists in Africa, persists in African-descended populations outside Africa and is well-documented: look at the educational disparities between American blacks and other groups, including newly-arrived groups with limited or no English. Forty-plus years of governmental coddling, affirmative action and preferential hiring have affected many things, but not IQ.

        The article refers to Singapore. Another useful comparison would be between Ghana and South Korea. At the time of Ghanaian independence both countries scored similarly on the various indices. Within a few decades, South Korea joined the first world. Not even the most rabid Afrophile would be able to claim with a straight face that is a realistic aim for Ghana.

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