Africa in my heart and on my mind…listen oh: if you are interested in traveling to any part of Africa to turn people into charity cases, I am not interested in working with you ever. If you are interested in providing handouts to Africans, I will never be interested in supporting your work ever. It’s not only what can you teach Africans, but ask yourself, what can you learn from Africa? Yes I believe in the support of friends and allies but trust: Africans will do it for themselves. There is no other choice – we must. Enough of this charity/gmo/handout nonsense. Africa for Africans.
I believe foreign aid in most cases is akin to welfare: it is an [enabling] agent for dependency. Most foreign aid absolutely operates as a barrier to self-sufficiency. It also indirectly shows lack of faith (or interest) in a persons capacity to problem solve. In a nutshell, it isn’t sustainable. I wrote this status at around 3:45am this morning with past conversations with those who do mission work, or non profit work, on my mind. Like Bryant Terry once said (in reference to low income neighborhoods and food justice), if you are working in these disadvantaged areas and not creating avenues for those that live there to be those non profit directors or CEOs or executives, then you are just playing games. I see many local-based organizations and youth movements in Ghana that are agents of their own progress, and I get encouraged.
When I promote the verbiage ‘Africa for Africans’, I do not mean to imply in any way, shape or form that Africa shouldn’t be a place for other ethnicities and peoples to live and thrive and prosper. What I want to promote rather, is Africa remaining a place for Africans themselves to live, thrive and prosper through our own efforts of educational advancement, entrepreneurialism and cultural preservation.