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Why does Africa Weep and Deteriorate? Real Causes and Solutions to African Impoverishment



After decades of independence, economic development in African countries continues to lag behind. However, several models and ideologies of development have been applied. Are these ideologies and models inadequate in Africa’s specific case or are the real causes of Africa’s failures due to different factors? Considering the complex process of development, the answer to this question is not simple. In trying to find the real solution to the problem, the importance of identifying the source of poverty in Africa is very relevant.

 

In his latest book (A continent in tears: The origin of Africa’s collapse and how to reverse it), Dr Roland Holou thoroughly analyzed the real evils that undermine development in African countries. After reviewing the literature on Africa’s development and the misconduct of African officials, the importance of human resource and knowledge in the process of Africa’s development has been revealed. The in-depth analysis focused on the failures of the education systems, lack of thought, problems with intelligence and creativity, scientific research, negativity, rote learning (mechanically memorizing information without truly learning how to apply it), corruption, the mismanagement of Africa’s natural resources, reproduction, witchcraft, politics, trade unionism, ignorance, the African mentality, accountability, the awareness of Africans, corruption of foreign powers, the brain drain, and so on. Examples of elites that Africa needs are included as well.

 

Why does Africa Weep and Deteriorate?

Why does Africa Weep and Deteriorate?

Indeed, Africa suffers from an intellectual, demographic, and spiritual crisis. The decline of Africa is due not only to its poor management and governance, but also to the acts of evil inflicted upon the continent. From households to the very top of the state, Africans are faced with major challenges. Many Africans are afraid to think or do not want to think; many are afraid to speak, do not want to speak, or cannot speak; many are afraid to act or do not want to act; many leaders are corrupt and/or do not want to learn; many have knowledge but do not want to or cannot apply their knowledge; many religious figures are so attached to narrow visions that they have disregarded the management of cities and politics. Above all else, intellectuals are often spurned by those in charge. When certain individuals want to contribute to society or become something, they are suppressed and rejected. Many skills are scorned; great minds are rarely encouraged or heard. Though several politicians do have some skilled knowledge, recognized experts and skilled workers generally do not want to get involved in politics.

When dictators come to power, they do as they please; when politicians have power, they hardly listen to skilled workers; when skilled workers take power, they act as if everything is technical. Moreover, radical trade unionism and political opposition are destroying Africa. Many do not want to contribute to successful initiatives, preferring instead to advance their own interests. What’s worse is the erroneous African mentality that makes development and progress impossible. While skilled, able workers who could make a difference are out of work, lazy and unqualified individuals are promoted to important positions by their relatives in power. Meanwhile, the expenses of the “great” have robbed Africa of the little that is available, all to the detriment of the poor, “innocent” farmers who are dying under the afternoon sun. With the help of foreign powers and politicians, African officials have effectively beaten Africa down.

 

Moreover, in many education systems, diplomas are not always symbols of knowledge that will lead to positive action toward development. Indeed, Africans distribute and collect many useless degrees. Many graduates claim to be educated when in reality their credentials are a sham. Africa trains too many scholars—parrots whose heads are filled with useless theories and words—who are unproductive and ultimately do not contribute anything of value to society. There are very few exceptions to this rule. Meanwhile, uncontrolled reproduction is enhancing poverty and other problems pertaining to underdevelopment at a faster rate than preexisting problems can be solved. Indeed, polygamy and certain sexual perversions not only contribute to underdevelopment in Africa, but also to the culture of African destitution.

 

Additionally, African intellectuals are under the influence of spiritual factions that often impede efforts toward development. Unfortunately, the classic debates surrounding underdevelopment in Africa have always ignored the spiritual dimension of the problem. Undoubtedly, developed countries had advantages and other assets that aided them in their growth. These countries have had their Enlightenment period; great minds have worked to put these nations on the right path. Today, Africa’s best minds are afraid to even remain on the continent. Due to this massive brain drain, there are real problems pertaining to coordination, awareness, accountability, and intelligent, rational application of development strategies in African nations.

 

Real Causes and Solutions to African Impoverishment

Real Causes and Solutions to African Impoverishment

In an attempt to find a lasting solution to the impoverishment of Africa and to put the continent on the path to prosperity, Dr. Roland Holou (www.RolandHolou.com) has suggested pertinent and practical reforms in his book that should be initiated. This book provides anyone who is concerned with development in Africa valuable information and instruction on how to take action. The ideas proposed in this book could be applied to other continents as well, as these same issues occur outside of Africa.

 

Dual citizen of the USA and Benin Republic, Dr. Roland Holou has a doctorate in plant sciences, entomology, and microbiology. He is an agricultural engineer and a specialist in environmental development and management. He also holds a diploma in Rural Development and is the Founder and CEO of DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com), the world’s #1 diaspora engagement platform. To learn more about Dr Roland Holou and his books, or to contact him, please write to: rholou@yahoo.com and rholou@diasporaengager.com



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Biographie de Sinsin Augustin Brice: L’incontestable contemporain réformateur Africain de l’UAC Bénin



Au temps des philosophes antiques, l’Afrique était le centre du savoir. Ai-je besoin de vous rappeler la place des penseurs Africains dans l’histoire de la science ? De nos jours, un autre vent scientifique, réformateur et développeur est en train de souffler au Bénin, le quartier latin de l’Afrique. La biographie du leader, Brice Augustin Sinsin (www.BriceSinsin.com) capitalise les faits se rapportant à ce vent réformateur qui est applaudi des 4 coins du globe.

 

Biography of Brice Sinsin

Biographie de Brice Augustin Sinsin : Vie, succès, et secrets d’un intellectuel et développeur Africain

Pourquoi Dr Ir. Roland Holou a-t-il décidé faire la biographie du Prof. Brice Sinsin? Prof. Guy Apollinaire Mensah repondit à cette question dans la préface du livre en soulignant que « Dr Holou veut faire découvrir au lecteur toutes les facettes du parcours magistral et majestueux de ce Professeur hors pair qui devient un modèle que la génération montante et de relève est invitée à imiter et chercher à surpasser ». Dans cette biographie, l’auteur ne conduit pas le lecteur dans un labyrinthe de la vie de Prof. Sinsin, mais il lui souligne et lui montre plutôt comment un homme, un scientifique et un vrai passionné peut se tracer une ligne de conduite et se doter de principe afin de surmonter tous les obstacles jonchant son chemin en se remettant tout temps en cause pour atteindre son but et obtenir la satisfaction et le réconfort moral du travail bien accompli.

 

Sinsin Augustin Brice est venu au monde le 03 mars 1959 à Djidja, à la veille de l’indépendance du Dahomey qui, plus tard, devint «République Populaire du Bénin» sous le règne du Président Mathieu Kérékou, puis «République du Bénin» avec l’arrivée du Renouveau Démocratique. Le lecteur de cette biographie saura que Prof. Sinsin est reconnu comme celui qui 1) aime lire et respecter les hommes et les normes sociales, 2) aime rendre compte des ressources à lui allouer, 3) aime écouter son prochain pour pouvoir bien l’aider, 4) veille sur ces principes dans une simplicité et une ouverture d’esprit avérées, 5) aime la culture du travail, de la confiance et de la libéralité, 6) dédaigne les amateurs des problèmes, 7) déteste le gain facile, 8) aime bien payer ses ouvriers et collaborateurs, 9) a trop œuvré pour la promotion des bras valides, 10) adore la collaboration avec les autres et le travail en équipe, 11) a formé une kyrielle de cadres pour le développement de nombreux pays, 12) est l’un des rares cerveaux ayant consacré leur vie à protéger et à valoriser les ressources naturelles (végétaux et animaux sauvages) et les humains …

 

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L’un des prix internationaux de l’UAC lors du mandat du recteur Brice Sinsin. Le leadership averé de Prof Sinsin a rapporté plus de 12 prix internationaux à l’Université d’Abomey Calavi …

Le temps manquerait s’il fallait énumérer le nombre de dossiers et de cadres que le Prof Sinsin a défendus et promus. Les Béninois sont très intelligents certes, mais s’ils décident d’employer leur intelligence pour vous nuire, vous êtes grillés. Ai-je besoin de vous rappeler ce que disait le célèbre philosophe français Emmanuel Mounier bien avant les indépendances du Dahomey (actuel Bénin) en 1960 : « Le Dahomey est le quartier latin de l’Afrique. Mais cet intellectualisme fait de méchanceté et de mesquinerie est de nature à retarder le développement du pays». Sans l’intervention et la libéralité du Prof Sinsin A. Brice, plusieurs cadres Béninois seraient bloqués par ce que Maître Robert Dossou qualifie de ‘‘Béninoiserie’’, ce jeu de blocage des uns et des autres bien reconnu à certains méchants génies Béninois qui aiment aussi compliquer les choses avec la sorcellerie, le Vodou et bien d’autres forces spirituelles que je ne saurais vraiment expliquer dans l’espace de cette biographie. Malgré ces menaces et actions parfois occultes, le professeur Sinsin a toujours le souci de voir ses étudiants réussir.

 

Cette biographie explique comment cet Africain fonctionne sur la base de passions et principes qui cachent le code de sa réussite que beaucoup cherchent à imiter sans vouloir payer le prix. Il propose aussi des stratégies pour réformer la démocratie et les constitutions africaines en vue de les adapter aux besoins du peuple africain, tirer leçons des systèmes de chefferies traditionnelles en Afrique, faire des pays africains des États-Nations, reformer la politique en Afrique et la formation des diplomates Africains. L’auteur termine cet ouvrage par une conclusion critique et une prière fervente.

 

L’auteur de cette biographie, Dr Roland Holou, est un citoyen Américain et Béninois, scientifique, écrivain, businessman, développeur, et consultant international. Roland a obtenu un doctorat en sciences végétales, entomologie et microbiologie aux États-Unis. Il est récipiendaire de plusieurs prix et titres honorifiques dont: “Top Ranked U.S. Executive Award”, “Who’s Who in the World”, “Who’s Who in America”. Il est le Fondateur et PDG de DiasporaEngager, www.DiasporaEngager.com, la première plateforme mondiale des diasporas et parties prenantes. Pour savoir plus sur Roland, visiter www.RolandHolou.com



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ABCs of a Realistic African Diaspora Engagement



Almost every African country is trying to engage with its diaspora. However, in general, when it comes to how to convince the African diaspora to work with their country of origin, most of the methods used are not working. One of the first things that comes to the mind of most Africans living in Africa is to ask the diaspora to help them, forgetting that no one is helping the diaspora for free. In contrast, the first thing that enters the mind of most diasporas is not how to help Africa, but whether Africa knows why they have left the continent and what they are doing/facing abroad!

 

Do I need to underline that many African immigrants have left the Black Continent because they were chased away by some leaders and sorcerers who, today, are begging them to invest back home? What can’t I say about the massive and forced migration of Africans to America during one of the darkest and wicked ages of human history a few centuries ago? I even wonder how many people realize that the largest African diaspora population is in Brazil! Most Africans leaders are not trying to better know and understand their diaspora before asking them to come invest their money in Africa. Sometimes, I even wonder how many African Professionals in the Diaspora are richer than the African leaders who are begging them for money. Worst, some African leaders act as if their diaspora have forgotten the wounds they have suffered in Africa before finding a way to flee the continent of Kwame Nkrumah. Undoubtedly, a lot of basic first steps needs to be addressed in order to start aligning the mentality of Africa with that of its diaspora. Otherwise, the synergistic coalition needed for African Diaspora Engagement (www.DiasporaEngager.com/Africa) will continue lacking!

 

The migration of the diasporas from their home country to their new country of residence is a kind of “divorce or break up” with their roots. Some Africans have had some bad experiences with their own people that they do not even want to reverse their “divorce” with the continent of Nelson Mandela and of Prof Brice Sinsin. Other immigrants have been highly afflicted by the people in their home country that they do not want to hear any request coming from them. No intelligible man dates a woman by starting to ask about anything that is supposed to be last. Moreover, no reasonable man can win back his ex-wife or ex-girlfriend, and vice versa, by starting the conversation with a list of requests or a list of things that the ex must do. Sadly, certain political leaders who orchestrated the migration of their own people cling to power and then, ask their diaspora that they and their ancestors have hunted to come and invest in their country. These types of diaspora engagement cannot work, particularly in the African context where people seem to pull each other toward the bottom of the misery pit. At the same time, many foreign countries are taking advantage of the divergences among the Africans!

African Diaspora Engagement Must be like a Love Story. Why? check out www.DiasporasNews.com.

African Diaspora Engagement Must be like a Love Story. Why? Check out www.DiasporaEngager.com/Africa

 

The involvement of the diaspora in the development of their home country must follow certain basic rules of courtesy. I believe that Africa and its diaspora need to start “dating” each other in a format similar to that of a man trying to win back his ex-wife or ex-girlfriend, and vice versa. However, while some people that have broken up can easily find new loves, it is not easy for most diaspora to quickly forget their roots and embrace the culture of their new country. This implies that many opportunities still exist to start engaging the African Diasporas in a dialogue with their homeland which dearly needs them. For this dialog to succeed, it must not begin with begging the diaspora to come back to Africa or to invest in Africa. Similarly, the diaspora should not inaugurate this dialog by requesting that the African political leaders change overnight. The African Diasporas need to know that, though their new life abroad has changed the way they used to think, many of their brothers and sisters in Africa still act as if they have no brain or if they cannot get rid of the legacy of the colonial ignorance and slavery. Therefore, the African Diaspora must be tolerant with their own people who need to be willing to realign and renew their mentality so that synergistic coalitions can be fostered in a win-win framework for the advancement of our dear Africa rather than allowing the so-called super powers to continue poaching their rich lands and mines like the cake of their grandmother or like their heritage or like the field of their slaves that they are still trying to enslave with diverse model of modern technology, negotiation, aids, partnership, and legislation!!!

 

Please, don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that every African diaspora engagement effort has failed. Indeed, several people and organizations have successfully engaged with Africa and its diaspora in a positive way. Many Africans living in Africa and in the diaspora have also contributed to the development of their homeland. We take advantage of this opportunity to thank those Africans, African diasporas, their friends, partners and stakeholders who have made a positive difference in Africa.

However, after spending years working on the African problems and writing books on African Development, I can conclude that, when it comes to engaging the African diaspora in the development of Africa, ten questions need to be asked first:

  1. Who are the African Diaspora?
  2. Who is who among the African Diaspora?
  3. Where are they living?
  4. What are they doing?
  5. What problems are they facing?
  6. Why did they leave Africa?
  7. How can Africa help them to heal some of their wounds?
  8. What can we do to forgive each other and embrace a new journey of partnership?
  9. How can we partner rather than how can they help us?
  10. How can we initiate this partnership without bringing up money as the first issue?

 

And these questions must be answered without forgetting the millions of African-Americans, (descendants of the slaves or African Descent individuals of descendants of former slaves), whom some stupid and/or naive Leaders think are not worthy to be called African Diaspora! It is after these questions are sincerely addressed that Africa and its Diaspora can start talking about who can do what for who? Without following these simple strategic steps, the African diaspora will just keep creating thousands of African Diaspora Associations, while the African Political Leaders will keep creating more Political Parties in Africa, yet, sinking Africa, remaining at odds and, therefore, unable to work together to create positive change. If you like this article, you will be also interested in joining the Global Diaspora Engagement Platform and the African Diaspora Platform at http://DiasporaEngager.com/miniRegister. Anyway, I, Dr Roland Holou www.RolandHolou.com would like to hear from you.

God bless Africa and its People!!!

 

How to Engage the African Diaspora in the Development of Africa?

How to Engage the African Diaspora in the Development of Africa?