Human concotion: Key ingredient for abundance of wealth and power

Not too surprising that ritual killing for all sorts of reasons still exists in Africa – this is not an isolated event, it is an integral part of the plan to keep the poor, this time mental poverty-stricken folks where they belonged – darkness for ever.

For lots of ugly reasons including ritual killings, we, Africa is a country, maybe not all but for a handful.

Here I see opportunity to collaborate on educating citizens across borders.

Ivory Coast ritual killing of school children is one that rings true. Seeing parents talking about the killings as if it’s another storm to be avoided, all hoping that it will go away, but ritual killings would not go away unless, the nations involved started exposing and punishing the perpetrators.

Yes, education plays a big role in liberating hardened minds.

How’s that even possible that human corpse can be placed in a room corner and will magically throw up cash? Any currency – my people are so daft to even believe this is possible.

And more disturbing is the fact that this is one of the big problems that we, in Nigeria always brush aside and we pray to God to take it away.

Why do we still believe this? Well, many Nigerians and indeed Africans still believe in ritual killings because those who are ‘selected’ to lead us are not going to fund research to shed lights so people can be liberated from chasing the shadows.

The clip below is of the Ivorian parents panicking, it could have been from anywhere south of Nigeria. Interesting that Nigerians in the north kill in the name of religion and in the south it is for sacrifice.

Only a few months ago, one happened in my town, the culprit handed to the police only to be released a few days later. Clement Oyetunde was caught with a human head. Now, given Mr Oyetunde’s day job is watching over “God’s sheep” he is now back in business performing endless miracles for his likes.

Saving Africa from Africans

August 4-6 was African Leaders Summit hosted President Barrack Obama, the gathering was termed ‘historic.’ A lot of issues were discussed among which were and not limited to security problems on the continent and more importantly effort to strengthen trading between Africa and the United States. To help put trading relationship in perspective, currently China’s trade relationship with the continent is $200 billion annually while USA is $85 billion.

The gathering was very important no doubt, and I hope our leaders come out implementing some of the new ideas gained from the summit.

Here I wonder. Fifty African leaders of which 37 were head of state, in Washington? Together at the same event? We didn’t bite one another for the whole three days! So why aren’t African leaders doing the same within Africa discussing how we can improve trading amongst ourselves?

I get it. For a starter, it is far easier to get American visa from Nigeria than say South African visa.

Washington Summit ended on August 6th.

August 12th, American Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church disclosed his new project, inviting African pastors for ALL-AFRICA PURPOSE DRIVEN Church Leadership Training Conference.  in Kigali, Rwanda August 2015.

What? Training. Planting gospel. Purpose Driven. Listen to the short clip message.

Another leadership training, this time pastors on the continent.

Listening to Pastor Rick Warrens’s Tedtalks speech I can tell he has very similar traits to many of Nigeria Pentecostal pastors but he is different because he lives in a different country where to a large extent, fairness in justice existed, with the exception of people who looked like Erik Garner at least and that the line between the church and the state is a lot less blurry in the United States compared to Nigeria.

Already as is in Nigeria, there is no difference between politics and religion. Our president right hand man is a pastor with bling bling followed by all major Nigeria sensational pastors.

Nigerians don’t usually agree on anything but on religion and the extremity of it, most people are in agreement hence you see cases like this  repeating itself every month despite the risks to citizens and huge amount of complaints from Nigerians. The head of the church by the way, officiated at our president’s daughters wedding less than two weeks after Chibok girls were kidnapped.

Is Rick Warren inviting pastors like Nigerian TB Joshua, well, you haven’t heard from the man since the building of his church collapsed in September leaving at least 115 of church members dead. What happened was as horrible as the event that follows – the man of God is trying really hard to pull supporters so he is not held accountable. 

Before anyone gets the idea. I am going to help Katherine and William on this one. I could have suggested the venue to be Nigeria but it wouldn’t be a wise idea given (whispering) let’s just say ours is a bit different as we have way too many Kings and Palaces so to avoid heated debates and likelihood of blood-shedding let’s not go there at all.

Since the King of Swaziland was at Katherine and William’sthey may want to make Mswati III palace as the venue to bring all Monarchs on the continent together for Monarchs Leadership Outreach. If William likes, he could make sure the event coincides with when the King will be choosing his 16th wife among the virgin parade – Not sure Kate would want that, but hey, that would be her call.

Time for inward reflections on the continent?

African continent needs foreign investors and so is attention to the fine prints

A multi-billion shilling investment by Chinese Road and Bridge Corporation (CBRC) constructing  609km railway line from Mombasa to Nairobi caused a bit of commotion in August when it was revealed to the Kenyans that Chinese were coming to the country with 5000 of its own workforce. Surely that can’t be too great for Kenyans unemployed youths.

This is not to undermine the importance foreign investors coming to Africa but rather a note for Africa to pay attention and look well into the future before committing into accepting projects of any sorts knowing fully well that investors are in the continent to maximise returns on their investments. It is in their best interest to leave the ‘tricky’ bits of the agreement to the last but it is our responsibility to make sure every aspect of agreement is ironed out that the benefits to local people and economy make absolute sense for us.

Admittedly, Nigeria for example though have huge population to boast of but not enough of our graduates are trained in the field that could add value. If we look at it from investors point of view, it is not Chinese responsibility to train our people, that’s our job however, we can use our huge human capital to our advantage to insist on favourable percentage of our people to be involved in projects. Actually this is exactly what Chinese did to the big American companies in the late 1970s.

This is not a favour it is business.

For now, Kenya is stuck for with 5000 Chinese workers – better luck next time. Nothing wrong with 5000 Chinese workers in Kenyan only that labour is what we have most on the continent. And this brings me to the need for Africa to find a better way to work together – amazing that we tend to unite on all fronts except when the deal is important for the masses.

Why is this my headache given Nigeria has enough of wahala you ask? Nigeria is very bad accumulating public debts with no thoughts to future generations. Fine prints are the last thing we pay attention to. Only a few years ago we managed to get out of a mountain of debts from the Paris Club – thanks to the Minister of Finance, Madam Okonjo-Iweala.

The intention behind many of these projects  across the continent were amazing and no doubt needed especially the transportation links, electricity etc. but we are responsible for understanding the terms and conditions clearly before signing otherwise future generation would not be too pleased.