It is widely argued by myopic Politicians that Africa should be pumped with aid given its status as opposed to other continents. Reports indicate that the African continent is the richest yet with the world’s poorest people. Therefore, financial aid to Africa is more of a recipe looming corruption.
African governments being very reliant on aid are aware of its wealth and a crusade for the industrial revolution is a sine quo non, they uphold that we lack the expertise to make things happen. Such clouded suggestions make it extremely difficult for an industrial revolution to dock in Africa because if it does, the raw materials would be processed locally thereby creating employment and boots out chances of suffering from economic imperialism.
However, an industrial revolution would face challenges because the knowledge economy is paralyzed by a system punctuated with begging, forcing government to admit the conditions laid by donors. A classic example is the construction of schools in Africa thus making it mandatory to embrace mass promotions and enacting unfriendly laws in the name of civilization; a move tailored towards weakening its human resource.
In the days when promotion in schools was based on merits, Africa used to register a significant number of quality graduates which makes them marketable anywhere in the world. This didn’t sit well with the imperialist and puncturing the education system was a prerequisite in order to dwarf intellectual growth.
It is also pertinent to note that the “Elite Class” of the continent also fear a rise in the intellectual class because corrupt practices would be easily unearthed. This increases their vulnerability in conspiring with the imperialists in suppressing the knowledge economy and replacing it with Aid.
Credit: P’tibi Gomes from the eyegambia