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Why Is Africa Not Developing?

Every body knows that Africa is one of  the richest continents throughout the world( if not the most ) if talking only about the resources.

But when it comes to the living situations of African people, definitely Africans will come on the top of the list of the most poor, uneducated and suffering human beings nowadays.

in your opinion guys,what are the resons? and what can be the possible solutions?

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When God marched the Devil( then known as Lucifer) out of Heaven on account of his rebellion, he set up his headquarters in Africa.

Thats the main reason for Africa's backwardness.

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corruption and impaired vision of African leaders remain the major inhibitor to rapid development in Africa. grass-root development is almost zero. what we see every now and then is published figures reflecting development at millipede speed. with huge handy resources Africa is currently (and hitherto) gifted with, Africa deserves to be leading in all ramifications of social/economic development.

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Of course Africa is developing.

Those who say Africa is not developing, I don't know what they are looking at.

Does Ikorodu Road look the same as it did in the 50s?

The continent is developing, and growing fast, despite all its challenges: imperialism, colonial-imposed bad leadership, etc. But somehow the continent is developing, in its own way, and at its own pace.

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Coz most of our african leaders are old greedy bastard,clueless

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Yes!!! I do BELIEVE that certain parts of Africa IS Urbanizing and DEVELOPING at a lightening pace.

and long deservedly soo.

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muthaf.ucker you got the wrong Black dude.

I am a POWERFUL black man living a Upper middleclass existence.

Just because I REFUSE to be busted and raggedy like yo crummy a.zz I gotta be a house negro.

Nigga youza FOOL.

God created this big a.zz earth with all this BEAUTY and I going to GET MINE!

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From reading your comments, Mandingo, I'd say you have a slave-like mentality. And yes, I'm Afro-American.

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I agree with you. But I am not African. I am a Black American. Unfortunately some Blacks here feel the same way about blacks.

It is the oppressed cycle. However, Blacks here KNOW bullsh.it when we see it. We are VERY skeptical of WHITEY.

We are not fooled by his schemes. Yet, I have seen first hand how africans "react" to whites.

With a slave like mentality and the upmost respect they do not show to anyone else.

Sad and pathetic.

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^^

why the mmhhh's

Its all mentality. We believe black is inferior to white,we believe we are not properly educated,we believe our reasoning is inferior and so we have to seek a

second opinion from the 'white'. We just dont believe we are good enough and its pathetic.

We believe we are thin and emaciated. Our minds are corroded.

Change starts with you and where you are. not the other way round.Its outwards.

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AFRICA is developing yes and poverty is reducing faster than you imagine. Many small countries have emerged as good investment potentials.

It may not look like so on the surface because we rarely hear anybody talk good about this continent.

We have cited several factors that slow down our progress and I would like to add and say that we also have a problem here where wealth is held by a few

minority and this inequality creates a huge gap btwn the rich and the poor resulting in oppression rearing its ugly head.

If anyone has read the 2011 Africa Attractiveness survey, by Ernst & Young then they will hold a different opinion. And the research was conducted by Africans

themselves so its not baked.

I am an African and live in africa and part of my work is to prove to our parent company why they should invest in Africa.

In the course of my work I have noticed one area of weakness among us Africans is. 'Attitude'.  We have a defeatist/inferior mentality most times and dont

believe in ourselves.We waste lots of precious time and believe in doing things 'tomorrow' or in the future and not now.We expect foreigners to come and

jumpstart us and as soon as the leave we slow down again or go back to square 1.

AFRICA development starts with change in our minds. I always imagine of wht good use would shoes be to a person who doent believe in wearing them.

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Those GDP numbers favor the Wealth Elites who are few and number and who are NOT sharing nothing with Africans. That money is in American and European banks being used by White people to continue their onslaught against dumba.zz african leaders.

In time and real soon you WILL hear about mass movements of African people from land they THOUGHT they owned.

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Africa is not developing  coz our leaders have sold us out to Imperialist Europe and america, They steal and loot with impunity, the same petit-bourgeois who were there back in the days are the ones still operating now, Its only worse now coz we have been colonized cognitively as we know people on here who spit out western economic rhetorics

black black black africa have u any wool yes sir yes sir three bags full

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Africa is a "Grab-bag" a "Free for all", "a buy one and get every-else free" Political-Economic land mass" to foreigners. And as long as Africans act like this is not so they will always get the wrong end of the stick,

Look at Congo for example, do you think all those PC, SOftware, Mobile Phone and Telecommunications giant companies in Europe and America want that country to develop?. Hell noooooo!!! That would mean the end of Dirt cheap Coltan,

Africans have to see the world for what it is, The chips are stacked against them and when you

realise this fact 50% of the Fight for economic survival and development is won!!!

When one is aware of this and in a desperate economic corner, you will start thinking

in ways that you could never imagine were possible,

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Though your point on the permeation of Corporate power in the global scale of things is well taken. The rest of your gibberish is fear mongering!

let me know when you guys are ready for that revolution of yours. I've been packing and stacking!

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crosstalk: Molesting africa:

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Sure there are more people living off $2 to $4 a day but on the Whole. The governments have SOLD ITS SOUL to the corporations. The corporations RUN Africa. There is still massive unemployment and The CORRUPTION is ASTOUNDING!!!!!

Factor in now the LAND GRAB and Africa will be OWNED by OUTSIDERS.

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This site in itself is a testament to the fact that Africa is developing.

A community for Nigerians, set up by a Nigerian living in Nigeria, populated to a large extent by Nigerians living in Nigeria, wasn't possible ten years ago.

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Africa is not developping due to the following

1. Inside forces: We have a lot of corrupt government officials who are only accountable to the head of state, unfortunately this head of state is most of the time the number one thief in the nation. Add to that the lack of pride of many of our leaders, they see how europe, Japan, North america are investing in civil enginnering and public services,but only few of our leaders want to immulate Europe. How can the Democratic Republic of the Congo ( former zaire) lack road infrastructure with all those diamonds and Gold?

2. Outside forces:

No -one outside Africa wants to see this continent strive. When an african leader has a better insight of what development is, he becomes a threat to Europe and America. Both will plot aginst him, give money to some so called rebel leaders or military strongmen to overthrow the president and turn every thing upside down.

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1.lack of unity

2. Greed,selfishness of African leaders

3. West playing on all this factors to exploit us.

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Africa is developing but not at the likened pace. Africa needs some form of sincere unity and massive cooperation to leap forward. We still need a lot of things to push us forward but also need to do things on our own instead of lining up in search of US, ASIA, and EU aid.

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AFRICA IS NOT DEVELOPING?

Una go tell me whether na satellite and GPRS una ancestors dey use communicate. I don't blame you. I don't blame you people at all.

Una go soon tell me whether manufacturing and technology were part of the occupations of una predecessors.

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africa is not developing because of OBJ, charles taylor and Mugabe to mention but a few

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Unless there is one village in the middle of the antartic called africa, this question does not make sense.

Not this Africa that I'm in. Equatorial Guinea just became the second richest country per capita. nigeria now manufactures its own brand of computers, south africa, Egypt, Tunisia and Senegal are leaping forward with economic, technological and social development so I'm not aware of the Africa you all are refering to.

How many African countries have a growth rate of zero or a negative figure?

Maybe your question was meant to be "why hasn't Africa caught up to the level of development of the rest of the world?"

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Ehen, MILITIA don come again

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Africa is developing. Nigeria is developing. The major obstacle to development in Africa is war and civil unrest.

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africa is not developing because africa is not developing , african leaders are idiots , u are developing ur infrastructure and u not developing ur human resources, idiots in power, NA WORLD BANK GO FINISH U!!!!

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I did no bother to read all the post, because i believe you will all say the obvious.

Africa's underdevelopment is as a result of lack of creative will, on the part of its people and leaders.

Everyone sit around waiting on government to find solution, but the real solution rest with us.

Do you think a corrupt government can get away with corruption unless the people allows them?

The fortunes of a country, and continent in the case of Africa, rest squarely on the shoulders of its citizens,

the type of life you live in your country is in direct relation to the desires of the population.

If a people wants Development, then development they shall have, once the common objective have been established.

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personally i believe the main reason why africa is underdevelped is because of bad leadership. ethnicity and division is not really a problem cos if u look at the world around u will see that even the europens are very very diverse in terms of language and tribe but they still have a functioning European union which seems to be working for them because they have good leaders with a common goal. so when the leadership gets better i believe the continent will move forward.cos as it is now non of the country seems to have a good government

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Thank you very much for insinuating that i do not think but everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I know there are white men out there that are greedy and if you think i was trying to degrade the black man you are very wrong. If you take a closer look at most african nations today out of the many reasons for their downfall to me greed is the major factor.

There are honest people out there it just so happens that so far we seem to have been plagued with the bad ones and like my previous post said we need to pray for more honest leaders. Having honest leaders in charge will not automatically make us developed but it will lead us a step closer.

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@ yemstar:

Just because few blackmen you've come across happen to be greedy doesn't make every black man greedy and narrow-minded, as you've mentioned.

Trust me, you can still make your point pure and clear with-out degrading Black men; And if you want, I can introduce you to many many white men that are just as greedy as the folks you're referring to.

Think before you post a comment, not post a comment and then think.

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It is a mix of many things but for the most part i think it all comes down to greed. Think about it people, all the black man thinks of is me me me. They get into power and all they do is steal and make themselves richer and fatter.

We are as smart if not smarter than the white man but greed just seems cloud our brains and prevent us from realizing that in order to help ourselves we have to help others too. Until we can get some honest leaders we just have to keep on praying for our African countries.

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Kazey,

Go for it. I have already named the part that African Americans must do. The very purpose of our being firmly lodged in the west. Stopping the beast.

Africans will have to discuss what they will do if the beast is stopped.

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Kazey,

For me, development means this:

1. Every African child can eat.

2. Every African child can have clean water.

3. Every African child can have adequate health care.

4. No child is suffering war, refugee status.

We got to get the basics under control first before we can even talk about all that other stuff.

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If you look closely, you would notice that smaller African countries are actually doing really well when you consider what they have to work with. Countries like Benin Republic, Ghana, Ivory Coast (even with their mini civil war) are all able to provide constant electricity, access to water and decent education to their populous. However, if you look closely, the so called African Giants, such as Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo (is it even a Democratic nation? Lies!), and Sudan are all in terrible state of affairs. In fact, the only big African nation in sub-saharen Africa that is not a complete failure is South Africa.

Now, we can all come up with reason as to why this is so, but I think we can all agree that sensible measures must be taken to relieve the fears of internal domination that lead these "Giants" to act in ways that are against the interests of the nation as a whole. Take for instance Nigeria, ethnic clashes (religious issues are very closely related to this) over control of resources, are in the short term interest of the ethnic group on the offensive, but in the long run, both the aggressor and the victim suffer for it.

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Africa is developing_____Unfortunately, they are developing Europe.

Europeans got rich from Africa, African labor and African innovation.

And this continues. In trade and merchandise and even in human beings. Europe gets all the good ones from Nigeria, those with half a brain run away and get out of Nigeria. So there is the brain drain.

At the same time Europe refuses to share with Africa.

Modern technology is generally not shared with Africa.

Africa is forced to sell generally only RAW GOODS to Europe.

Nigeria gives out oil and then must buy back refined.

Raw goods are the low end of the process. So Europe pays pennies for what they will make billions off of.

Africa's got the goods. Europeans make the money.

If any African nation tries to leave this system, he will have sanctions put on him and thus effectively block him from the refining and processing of the higher priced goods and selling them to Europe.

Europe continues to force African countries and all third world countries to bow to this system.

Europeans play one third world country against the other.

If some African country refuses to give banana's, Europe says so what, I will get them from South American country.

If some African country says, my banana's must be sold for higher price. Europeans say, nope. We will just get them cheaper from south American country or Asian country.

If Africans say the Naira is worth more than this amount, the Europeans say: You take our price for your money, or we will not let your money enter our system.

Europeans control the total and complete economic and thus the development of Africa.

Whether you want to believe that the guy at the store or the politicians at the top are Black.

Those who really control Africa are white and sitting in a nice bank or business in Europe/America.

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Anton,

Good points.

I wouldn't blame the old folks though.

People do better when they know better.

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Actually, it does if your opponents and those vying for your resources consider themselves to be on the same team. Surely, you understand that. The wonderful thing is that those of us who have felt the sharpest edge of the foe realize that and we are in every sector of his society. (^_^) For the life of me I can't figure out why other black folks keep smilling in his face like he gives a damn about you. Oh well.

LOL. So obvious and yet so hidden at the same time it seems.

I agree with you on the development. You are definately on the right track here about the false borders. Definately. But who will do it, The folks running the show now?

Africa is not developing becasue we have not properly applied ourselves to the task. The older folks have made a mess of things everywhere we are and we have the luxery of looking at thier mistakes and not making them. Hopefully, as we (this generation) become more powerful, we will be more careful, thoughtful, and strategic in our approach.

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Its funny you would say that. I said the recipe for progress was to allow the major ethnic groups to form individual States, and surrounding minority groups would be attached to the majority group they share the most in common with.

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Afeni,

Right. Exactly.

You actually think the recipe for unity is killing off or getting rid of other Black people.

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Drusilla, being black people means nothing. Only because you are African American can you think that being black is somehow some basis for unity. Well, I don't.

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Food4tot,

The idea that one can discuss Africa but ignore the last 600 years since "things fell apart", is ludicrous.

Ethnic differences are the problem.

Well, gee. I think we got a solution to that problem.

Realize you are Black People and the differences fade away. Realize that you have had somebody who is not a Black people kicking your azz for 600 years.

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Africa is developing, but all the ethnic fighting is hindering the development of Africa. That's all.

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Seun, everything is relative. Africa is not developing, and it definitely is not developing at a "good" pace. What is holding Africa back is honesty.

Enough of all this crap about people wanting to rule massive territories that do not belong to their people.

What Africa needs is a list of every major ethnic group on the continent (Ethnic groups with 5 million or more people) and use that as the basis on which new borders and nations are created. Enough of all this pretending like these boundaries mean anything other than administrative facades put in place by the colonialist. Get back to the drawing board or fail to progress.

Any wise military man will tell you that no battle plan survives the first shot of battle. It is the same way that no false border is able to advance at an acceptable pace.

And lastly, Mariory, there won't be so much in-fighting if the borders actually made sense. At the moment, they don't. Hence, if people cannot have sensible borders, they will fight to dominate the already existing borders.

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http://www.kwenu.com/publications/azike/african_leaders.htm

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