I strongly believe that many of the weird societal values and low quality cultural behaviour present on the African continent, stem from Africa's historical lack of difficulty.

If Africa had European/American climate or Australian wildlife, our behaviour would be VERY different.
Our equatorial climate allowed for subsistence agriculture all year round, plus vast biodiversity and huge savannas made feeding yourself a slam dunk.

Unlike places where the ground freezes solid for 6 months a year, there was no need to plan ahead significantly or innovate.
Due to this relative ease of survival, behaviour that is detrimental to the group wasnt punished to the same extent as elsewhere.

Elsewhere, natural selection would rapidly delete you if your group couldn't work together. Here, you'd stroll a few km away and start a new village.
The lack of difficulty IMO, created a deadly "abundance" mindset, where we did not learn to appreciate scarcity and the need to innovate or understand economic value.

Hence why we spent 3 centuries cheerfully handing over 50 humans for an umbrella.

Zero grasp of economic value
I don't think it's a coincidence that the most complex societies in ancient Africa existed in or around the inhospitable Sahara desert.

Adversity forces humans to think, innovate and create. Why would a fisherman in Ouiddah ever need to innovate?

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14 Nov
I have just received a message from Cote d'Ivoire about Itunu Babalola. She is still in prison in Abidjan where she has contracted a serious infection and apparently she is dying.

All those promises by NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri, OYSG etc - audio.

She's finally dying. Image
For those who don't know, this is Itunu's story.
She's so far gone that the guy who reached out was only asking for her parents' contact details, presumably to inform them about their soon-to-be-dead daughter's condition.

Before slipping into unconsciousness, she showed him my name and he found me on Facebook.
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13 Nov
One of the most profitable internet grifts I've observed since 2011 is when an African living in Africa starts courting diaspora African audiences who have read some Walter Rodney and imagine they've figured out why Africa is underdeveloped.

It's so predictable and so funny.
The diaspora people (usu. 1st & 2nd gens in Europe and North America) make the fundamental mistake of extrapolating the petty racisms they face daily, to global geopolitics and economics.

Tim in Accounts making a racist joke = The White Man oppressing Africans globally🌚
They need someone on the ground in Africa (which they are hopelessly disconnected from) to confirm this for them by telling them that there are French soldiers in Yaoundé oppressing Cameroon and that American corporations dump used electronics at a landfill site in Agbogbloshie.
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8 Nov
Pic 1 - Lt. Aboyeji at 5 AM this morning clearly stating that @mysidebrief's pitch deck was received by @anafricanfuture, but not seen by Tola.

Pic 2 - Lt. Aboyeji 9 hours later denying the existence of the deck altogether and throwing Tola under the bus.

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You would think that a detail as key as the alleged nonexistence of the pitch deck at the centre of this controversy would have been number 1 here.

Somehow that major detail - that Future Africa never even saw Sidebrief's pitch deck - only occurred to Lt. Aboyeji 9 hours later🌚 Image
Conveniently, 9 hours is enough time to have a long crisis meeting and a conversation with a lawyer to determine how best to cover your own ass.

Unfortunately, Iyin being Iyin, his interminable inability to keep his mouth shut had already inadvertently let the cat out of the bag
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5 Nov
Nothing much to see here.

Just Femi Osibona, rich, educated, UK-resident, high end Nigerian developer who lived in Ikoyi, proudly admitting on national TV that he does not listen to architects and structural engineers when doing projects in Nigeria.
Same dude admitting proudly that he gamed the system to flout planning regulations and build an extra storey on a house he redeveloped in Stoke-Newington, London🌚
Well, after a career of stacking unapproved extra storeys on buildings and ignoring advice from structural engineers, here is where he died.

Under his own stack of concrete Lego.

The quintessential rich and educated Nigerian illiterate pauper.
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4 Nov
I've always said that Nigeria has no elite. It only has a group of monied people who differ from your average okada rider only in financial status.

Femi Osibona KNEW that his building was structurally defective and yet he sold units to members of his own social circle.
He sold $1.2m a piece worth of nonsense to people whose kids go to school with his kids, and whose parties he attends.

Doesn't matter how much money a Nigerian rich person has. They have the exact same ethical compass and behaviour as your garden variety yahoo boy in Abeokuta.
Nigeria has no elite.

Just different types of poor people desperately struggling to escape from poverty by fucking each other over.

Not just a pointless country, but a hopelessly primitive society with almost no redeeming features.
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The next time the government builds a naval base in Kano or a transport university in Daura, we should be quiet.

Because the reasoning is the exact same as that of siting a $450m "trade and tourism park" near a city whose airport uses a govt subsidy to remain operational.
Cavalier disrespect for data and a belief in steel and concrete - not people - as the basic engine of growth and industry.

That's why a city of 21 million people has no metro rail whatsoever, but has built several artificial islands off its coast where land is sold in USD.
An entire civilisation of people who believe that steel and concrete is a seed that you plant in the middle of the bush and harvest economic growth out of thin air.

Like Ajaokuta, like Tinapa, like Abakaliki airport, like Kano-Maradi railway, abbl.

Slow thinkers.
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