People speak of development while ignoring some important things we will inevitably have to give up that make nigeria nigeria.
when Japan decided to modernize in the Meiji Restoration, the personally turned their own culture upside down to make a culture capable of supporting development
Japan, the country with the highest concentration of warriors in the ancient world got rid of the samurais that defined it's culture
it ban ways of conduct that were considered culture and took power away from feudal lords that had upheld the nation for ages.
Turkey did a similar thing with attaturk which is why today Turk seems more westernized then the other muslim countries around it.
so my question is are africans willing to give up parts of our own culture that dont make sense in a modern world in order to develop.
my first example is the african market
in the days of substance agriculture, the ancient days, people would grow their own produce, eat, and sell the extra in the market.
these markets came to become a lot of our ancient cities and as they grew they became staples of african culture.
the problem? we are using the same market system we used in 1300 in 2010.
the consequence? modern things like intellectual property can be EASILY duplicated and pirated
markets cannot be regulated or taxed properly
markets promote inferior products like fake medicine, fake electronics, fake clothes, and fake food again because they can't be regulated
markets promote substance agriculture which keeps communities and countries poor in comparison to commercial agriculture
markets make city planning impossible
markets encourage shanty developments and this can be seen in the fact that shanty developments are always by a market
markets allow for child labor and make it impossible to focus on consumer or employee rights
markets discourage fiance and capital investment and most markets are stagnate entities which their owner doesn't expect to grow beyond the basic level
markets aren't making anyone rich in simple terms.
so we're left with an economy that can't be regulated, can't be taxed, can't be improved easily, and is a breeding ground for pirating, inferior goods, dangerous goods, and manipulation of owners and consumers.
as other countries have realized elements of their cultures that must go in order for development to happen, the africa belief in pan africanism or the overtly romantic view of our past as perfect sometimes gets in the way of us making important sacrifices