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Why Africa Is Poor?

Africa is economically poor. Some Afri-philes and some Africans sometimes blame colonialism as part of the reason why the continent is economically poor. Afri-phobes insist that after half a century of freedom from colonialism, that particular excuse is no longer valid, and that we need to look elsewhere

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Africa is not poor, has never been but considering the amount of effort we put into building our continent, we remain the poorest continent when output is weighed over input.

The situation in that continent today has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with what has taken place in that continent centuries ago or even 50 years ago. The situation in that continent is a result of the poor effort put forth by it's inhabitants to see to it that the continent is developed and resources are used to it's benefit. Take the case of Nigeria for instance, a country rich in oil but plagued with one man-made problem after another. We do not refine our own oil and have been unable to handle the working of refineries for so long now.

I believe the time is coming when the world will, instead of pumping more money into africa will demand that africa sign over managing of it's resources in exchange for it's people being taken care of, if the situation continues. It has already started happening and countries like China and India are working hard to get significant hold on africa's resources but I believe the west is pushing to get's it's own share of the cake and soon, Africans who have been pushing slavery as their reason not to work to develop things in that continent maybe faced with little or no choice but to accept such. We already hear of stories of sweatshops right there in Nigeria managed by small chinese companies. We may see more if things continue the way they are today and we do not start to hold our leaders more accountable.

Trying to respond by pushing the world away is not going to work as we live now in a global village and it is in our best interested to welcome the world and make sure we build the best relationship as we do so now. Continuing to function with the mentality of the past is not going to help at all. We have tons of examples why this will not work and we are not willing to learn from these failures, we may continue to see failure and more failure in the near future.

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Afrca is poor presently fundamentally but abundantly rich in resources,the orientations are just way out of  course.I think there is a great need for us to understand what was really happening in africa before the coming of whiteman,were people really hungry,sick,uninventive and demoralize?

I,for one,the whiteman met my ancestors as leaders of my people with fierce resistence,there is a record of my ancestoral uncle that hacked a white  missionary to death,they couldn't comprehend with the idea of an albino,for all they know,from outer planet coming to take over their land, authorities,way of life and meanings,a systems that has been going on for centuries before the first whiteman touched our territory,a system that is still on today,in as much as it is being dwindle by the so-called democrazy we have today as a system.

The more things go bad,the more we want to go back to our roots with humane innovations,we will get there. Understanding the fundamentals sets you free,knowing that you breath to stay alive helps you to understand that you live to conquer.

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corruption, bad leadership, nepotism, tribalism, greed, selfishness etc

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Africa is poor for the same reason that Singapore is rich.

If you can work that out, do so.

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MyTempID, absolutely brilliant, I can't dispute your points.

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Ugh! Wouldn't you be surprised to find out just how many mexican families (no pun intended) live off these jobs (not only @ mcD), and sometimes even two or three of them at a time.  Nevermind the fact that these jobs are still a reliable source of income.  At least these people don't have to worry about being cheated out of their pay on Fridays.  There's no doubt it's a daily struggle, no denial here, but fact remains people here do live off these.  They still have an opportunity to live, to survive.  Even if the economy is weak, not much can be said about the economy over there in the land of our fathers.

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why dont you go back home and speak up against our leaders on our behalf? its easy to make unrealistic comments from the relative comfort of foreign nations.

Nigerians spoke out loud during June 12 . . . most of them are 6ft under today. Dele Giwa, Kudirat, MKO, Rewane, Dikibo . . . Fawehinmi, Ransome Kuti, Falana . . . those who survived with their lives have had various stints with the gulag. Its not easy to lay ur life on the line to speak out against leaders.

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What you do realize is, it is difficult to to speak out against the leaders for fear of assassination.   Not only is it a fear, it is a realistic concern that even politicians have to guard against.

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MyTempID very solid points!!!!!!! Thank you.

BTW: At least the poor in America can still rely on menial jobs at McDonalds to get by.

Most poor people in America can't get by with menial jobs considering that the economy is very weak and something basic as food prices keeps increasing, History will repeat its self and what happened in the 1970s will happen again (drugs, high crimes rates, and all and all)

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Actually, no, you're wrong! Africa, most especially, Nigeria has resources. Resources we can tap into, like other nations can tap into their resources, to help strengthen their economy. In many ways, our handicapped leaders in Nigeria have done a poor managerial job of putting these resources to good use. To be fair, it is true that poverty has bed-ridden the people in Nigeria. But why fault the people when all they can do is depend on the economy and the economy to better their future. Look at the roads, the entire infrastructure especially our schools all lead to a near-predictable dead-end. The rich continue to get richer while the poor will continue to struggle. At least the poor in America can still rely on menial jobs at McDonalds to get by.

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I think the inability for most African nations to come out of their poverty is more than has been profferred by many.

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If you are going to make a point, make sure its valid.

I am entitled to my opinion and your opinion is WRONG and will always be WRONG.

You must be very silly to think that Africa does not harness its resources,  You might need further research to support your statements before you choose to post.

Motsepe and Sexwale are among the wealthiest men in the world. I wonder how ?

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Puhhhlleeeaze!

You are wrong and you would always be wrong!

We might have resources(which we can't harness!) but that doesnt mean we are rich

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I don't know of any white man who makes money without something in Africa,

Africa is the richest continent in the entire universe.

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Quote from: madamkoko on Today at 07:28:57 PM

Africa is the richest and wealthiest continenent in the entire universe ( in heaven and on earth) African is the richest.

No we are not.For instance,if you look at Nigeria's oil revenue per capita,its effectively peanuts.

What we possess is economic potential not wealth.

Do must be looking at the wrong data, hahah ( maybe we need a better research anaylst)

Nigeria's oil revenue and production =

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Africa is poor because we are silly, and our leaders know that. We are not silly because we are not smart or brilliant, we are silly because we do not talk, we do not speak up, we do not stand up for our lives, We accomodate stupidity, ( I appauld some Nigerian writers who have done spoken out, although few have been exiled, they have at least spoken up.

We don't know a good leadership from bad leadership, plus our leaders have severe INFERIORITY COMPLEX. ( they see white man and they're shaking)

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Africa is the richest and wealthiest continenent in the entire universe ( in heaven and on earth) African is the richest.

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Bad and Corrupt Leadership is the answer. Thanks to the colonial masters and our illiterate leaders.

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I appauld BLACK men like Okoya, Motsepe and Sexwale, who have been able to use African resources to make some GOOD money.

Usually, its normally foreigners that use our resources, we work for foreigners in our own countries,, we easily let foreigner use us and our resources, and then we RUN to other countries,

I appauld Abiola, FELA, who can TALK and speak up,

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I wonder how you view things. Africa is very poor. Period !

I am African and i have been to almost all the West African countries.

So when i say Africa is poor, i know what i am talking about.

Unlike Europe, where everything is near perfect.

Transportation,Good roads,Power,Water and everything about life.

They wear shoes and clothes and send it to Africa.

Use cars and other equipments and send it to Africa.

And you said we are not poor. We are very poor.

Maybe the blames goes to our leaders but the keyword here is poverty.

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yeah some kobojunkie,but alot wanted to be good but had no concept in managing a country and were plunged into debt by crasy projects like, ajaokuta akosombo and a lot of other massive programmes we couldnt develope without loans when we hadnt even grown local economics,this left us open to external forces the rest is history.look at the asians,the took the long part and are enjoying it now,but we be want short cut and till today its the same thing both the leaders and the people obj come blame abacha ,now na umoru wan catch obj.we all need to look within our head not to the ground

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yep, our so called heros turned out to be nothing but criminals and hoodlums.

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i think the may reason africa did not change it economic fortune for the better after independence was because most of the people that can into leadership were big dreamers who took their country straight back into slavery or conflicts.

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No we are not.For instance,if you look at Nigeria's oil revenue per capita,its effectively peanuts.

What we possess is economic potential not wealth.

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Africa is filled with riches. Our incapable leaders just don't know how to manage and utilize our resources. That's especially why the economy is suffering, I guess.

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Africa is not poor. Who said Africa is poor?? Where did you get that one from ?? And Are the colonial masters to blame for Africa not being poor ??

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the by-product (legacy) of colonalism is why Africa is poor

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I blame the dumbass leader who take the country money and use it for their personal use. Charles Taylor comes to mine.

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