How traditions influence progress

One of the many areas which President Obama touched on during his visit to Kenya was gender inequality. I agree that apart from corruption, bad traditions is killing Africa, denying women equal opportunity to participate as full member of society has huge detrimental impact to our economy.

Here is a positive initiative whereby women farmers were encouraged and supported. Women in Tanzania were given opportunity to vote for their community women hero – what an inspiring concept for a reality TV show.

I think it’s great that winners were rewarded with tools and training to do more of what they have always done so as to do it better and faster. Because of their success, winners had inspired many others in their community and now their men had no choice but to include them in decision-making process – that is a progress!

In contrast, this is us in Nigeria, in 2015 we have half of the population in rural areas, most rely on subsistence farming for livelihood.

Here is our mentality regarding women farmers owing land, recorded a few days ago. Where is the progress? Hear the local chief’s speech – sums it all.

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  1. Hello folks, not sure if you like me or not. My only experience was with West Africans, and almost all of them were from Nigeria. There were some from Ghana. Ghana is becoming increasingly depraved like Nigeria for some reason. Many Nigerians have been moving there lately and bringing their sleazy, crime-ridden culture. I think we met maybe one from each of the other West African countries.

    I have met a few Nigerians in the US though and they were all very good people, but we only let you in if you have a lot of money or an advanced degree.

    I have met basically zero Black humans from the rest of Africa – one man from Cameroon, a man from Benin (who was great and one of the smartest human beings I have ever met) and a few from Ethiopia. The other Africans I met were White South Africans or Tanzanian Indians.

    Keep in mind that what I learned about Nigeria is also from conversations with some Nigerians that I befriended (a few of them are actually decent people). I understand that the South has an utterly collapsed and depraved culture, but the Muslim North has very little crime and almost no corruption.

    Trust me when I tell you that I want nothing but the best for Africa. Even Nigerians!

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    • Hi Robert,

      I have read through your blog a few times, I don’t have any problem with most of what you have written about Nigeria because they are true especially the issues about cyber crime and corruption. In fact I think Nigeria needs more people like yourself to tell it the way you see it – maybe this will get our law enforcement to do their job.

      Reading through a post on your blog earlier on, a guy who is 1/8th Nigerian worries about low IQ because the tiny Nigerian blood in him might have robbed him off high intelligent quotient. I can’t believe anyone is even asking that kind of question. This shows that there are truly unbelievable people reading your blog and taking everything as face value.

      I agree that you want the best for Africa, and hopefully for the rest of the world too. I think people who take time to write or read about a country other than their own seek to understand others that are different from them. Hopefully, situation in Nigeria will change for better in our lifetime.


    • Hello Robert, I’ve read a number of your articles about Africa, the black race in general and your views on various other aspects of the World family.
      I don’t study these topics in detail and am not qualified or armed to refute some of what you say. Though this doesn’t mean I accept every word as the final authority, I will say that there is some truth in what you say, especially whenone looks at the facts on the ground or what we see around us.
      My primary interest is to see how blacks are perceived and I try to link that with thedamage of those in positions of power and considerable influence, that accompanied by apathetic or selfish societies fuels this governance and low standards that exist.
      There is plenty of corruption in northern Nigeria, if you follow this blog long enough you will discover that.

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  2. Nigeria is falling behind and what is worse the arrogance that Nigeria is ‘the giant of Africa’ – will ensure that things remain that way. The average Nigerian, will foolishly say that Nigeria is ‘more advanced than anywhere in East Africa’. The truth seems to be that they have leap frogged Nigeria and are quietly moving ahead.
    The rubbish we saw from Nigeria, all sorts of barriers to impede progress and advancement of the individual is disheartening. These beliefs are well established and they time it takes to remove them things may have gone too far down the road to be turned around.
    I read an article about West Africans and Nigeria, that was negative – but the fact of the matter is that there is an element of truth in what the author says. When socieities are held back a general consciousness sparks a revolution of sorts we saw that in Russia and China and in other societies around the world. We have seen in East Africa, even the traditional beliefs and organised religion have not been allowed to hold the nation back, yet in Nigeria – this is very much the case.

    Here is a link to the article

    Nigeria needs to learn lessons fast and stop making silly excuses for the failure that is evident.

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    • That Rob guy is insane! Lol… Hurts how he sees West Africans, however I see his points.

      You see how he highlighted retarded for WA? So I ask myself, how else would one describe people who claim to be ‘giant’ but will on purpose haul the wealth of their nation to invest in education, health and housing of a wealthy nation such as USA and all across the world?

      Talking about East Africa: Well, Nigerians who think they are better than EA should look at their tourism industry, technology and even schools, after all, Kano governor in the last 4 years alone sent 100s of student to study in Kampala – their unis must be better than Nigeria to do that.

      Oh, did you see Tanzania general election campaign with less tribal sentiment and traditional rulers out of the limelights? That is where we need to be, a place whereby individual contribution is valued rather that their tribe/class.


      • About Mr Lindsay, I can’t blame him. I’ve seen Nigerians make rude remarks about other nationalities in Nigeria. I won’t mention names, so as not to light a fire, but some ethnic groups like to think because they embraced Western education – they are the ‘bees knees’ – bearing in mind they didn’t invent Western education and compared to other peoples in the world – lag a long way behind. So if one was to come from a more materially advanced nation, where learning and advancement in all realms of human existence are accepted – and looks at West Africa, it is hardly surprising that one would come to such conclusions. Maybe because we are on the receiving end, we are not so keen to embrace such an unkind analysis.

        I didn’t follow the election campaign of Tanzania, but as we’ve heard no horror stories about the outcome – I can conclude that it was generally peaceful (if not entirely fair).

        Uganda used to be a ‘shambles of a state’, they expelled their South Asian community, and were invaded by Tanzania and had unstable government for a long time, even Joseph Kony emerged from there with his LRA. Now look, Nigeria is sending it’s students there to study, I hope they learn some valuable lessons too.

        Going back to the video, the shabby agreements, that even after the money is paid, ‘onile’ can take possession of the land at a whim. Is it any wonder, is falling well short of it’s potential. The basics need to tackled first like legal protections for security of tenure etc. As you know in the Western World, if you have enough money and the item is for sale you can go ahead and purchase it. But from the video in Nigeria, even if land is for sale – people are excluded on account of the whims of the local chiefs etc. Objections can be made if the sale of the land would harm the local community, but barring that it should not be on the basis of gender or ethnicity – that is just plain foolish.

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        • On the last paragraph – see that foolishness about someone claiming back land on a whim is what Nigeria has tried to wish away as government has refused to spend money on a worthwhile project such as Land Reform Acts in the way that everyone is fairly protected.

          This is a big issue hanging in many of our regions – I’m not too sure in the north but big deal in the south.

          With growing interests in agriculture & growing population, there is no doubt that more disputes will ensue especially with government leaving local chiefs and Kings to make all decision.

          My hope is that sooner rather than later, land issue will receive the right attention it deserves.


  3. Fola, the videos were very inspiring. The women of Africa are strong and intelligent. They will win this battle and everyone will benefit from. Keep up the good work and thank you for spreading the news.

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