Good evening and welcome to the Business in You Daily for today! Interestingly, we’re continuing the discussion on why America is richer than Nigeria. We’ve got several opinions from our readers around the world and wish to share them for your reading pleasure.
Carol Kezziah Wambui is from Kenya, let’s see what she had to say. “Well, I am not a Nigerian but I believe that Africa as a whole faces the same challenges. America for one is an old economy. They have perfected their governance systems for several centuries while most of our African economies are in their early 50s.
The natural resources that are present in Africa have benefited those who come from outside Africa because we the Africans lack the know-how to refine them. Our youths when they conceive an idea usually find it very expensive to implement because the cost of production in (Kenya) Africa is way too high. The availability of information is another challenge. Most of our young people start small and remain small, due to these factors, high cost of production and lack of information.
Another thing I think will always place America above us is that America is a giving nation! Africans have “receiver” mentality. We are given and given and we never have enough. When there is famine in any place in Africa, you will see an American flag raised up as they bring in donations and medical aid while the neighbouring countries in Africa will watch and give little or nothing. So I believe they will be replenished much for their giving attitude.
Another problem in Africa is that we are not keepers and maintainers of equipment. I watched in dismay as TDJakes ministry came to Kenya to dig bore holes for the marginalized population of Northern Kenya. The boreholes were later abandoned because the pumps sort of broke down. I saw an MP make an appeal to TDJakes to come back and help repair the pumps. That’s how we are!
A tractor which was donated to a youth initiative to help them harvest wheat in large capacities is rusting away in a field somewhere because of a breakdown. If you ever worked with The Americans, you must have noticed their promptness to do easy repairs on computers, lawn mowers, etc, while for us, if a lawn mower breaks down, we go back to medieval ways of cutting grass instead of doing a simple repair.
In Kenya, the cost of seed, fertilizer, and machinery has been a challenge to those wishing to engage in farming. Chinese brought in their cheap (plastic) rice and sell it so cheap that our own farmers have been left in wonder.”
My dear, this is how far we can go for today. Meanwhile, we need you to add your own voice to this ongoing discussion and don’t forget we’re reaching you from Youth Cooperative and Enterprise Academy. Just sign up now at www.youthscare.org and begin your journey to greatness.
God bless you and good night!