A sentiment I agree with but only to an extent. It is important to ask ourselves the question: What are we ourselves doing? Why are we allowing this to happen if it truly is? What is the next step forward?
While I do not have answers to these questions obviously, these are ideas I like to toy with. Let’s get the conversation going people. What next?
Recent talk on “neo-colonialism i Africa” is hot in town. It’s a debate I readily engage in and ponder a lot, especially the influx of Chinese in Africa. In a recent report of fastest growing economies in Africa, I was flabbergasted to see that “China” was on the list of top 5 rapidly growing economies in Africa. I couldn’t help but think to myself, “Oh my word! they are actually considered whole “economies” in Africa?! I don’t know why I thought such a list will actually only have the name of African economies?
After an interesting conversation with Magatte Wade, Founder & CEO of Tiossano (who also has an excellent TED Talk by the way), she said something that gripped me, and I will try and do justice to my version of it:
“Well yeah so China is exploiting Africa, so what? If that’s the case, why is it happening in the first place. I say if China is benefiting from their relationship, then maybe China is doing what it is supposed to be doing. What about us? What are we doing?”
The most recent Ghanaian law passed about Chinese contractors having to employ local people when they are doing business/contract work, excites me. it is time we realized that we too, are a worthy investment, and not just our economic resources.