I once live in England for about a year and a half. During that time, I realised that their system was geared in such a way that favoured the locals first, other Europeans second and lastly Africans.
If you are African, despite your level of education or experience the system generally does not ‘trust’ African professionals experience intends to downgrade it.
For example the menial low paying jobs are where Africans can find easier employment. The higher you try to go, you are reckoned as not having enough British experience.
Even if you do get a job that is commensurate with your qualifications you will be placed below British and Europeans citizens with less experience and sometimes at the same level of qualifications as yourself.
It might seem I have an issue with the British but the opposite is true. I am actually quite grateful for the experiences, my eyes were opened.
I got to understand the true fundamentals of self-preservation. If l happened to be in their shoes, I would do the same.
It’s human nature, first I take care of myself and my own, then those closest to me and forth.
As Africans, we must understand and accept the fact that non-Africans generally do things for Africans as long as there is something to benefit for them. There is no such thing as free lunch.
In Zimbabwean Shona there is a saying that goes, “Ane mari ndiye mukuru” translated into, “He who has money is the boss,”
African entrepreneurs, a new dawn for the continent has come, we must wake up to the fact that if we want to be treated with respect by other people, we need to make our own impressive achievements, generate comparable if not more wealth which is inclusive for all our peoples and raise the standard of life that others from others parts of the world can admire.
For example, the West has issues with China regarding their human rights record. Despite all these nothing significant has ever been done by the Western community.
With lesser countries, punitive measures would have been put in place by the West, but in this instance they just make noise but basically did nothing.
Why? The simple reason was that doing so would have backfired on their own (West) pockets are illustrated below:
1. China is the biggest lender to the USA. China could have called in their loans and a crisis would have ended up in America’s backyard.
2.China is a very important market for Western companies and making such a move would hurt them financially as doing so would jeopardise their interests in that country.
3. Most manufacturing is now being done in China and antagonising the Chinese could halt lines of supply and again hurt their own business.
4. Yes we can cry double standards and all that, but Africans we need to keep perspective. The west made these decisions looking out for number one for themselves.
The reality is that Africa needs to do the same as China did. Economically empower itself to improve the standard of life for all it’s people and not just a handful.
1. Africans won’t push to go to other’s people’s countries in the West to find a good standard of living.
2. All other people will approach African entrepreneurs with respect as we can bargain and negotiate on an equal footing. If you have nothing to offer, then others will.
African Entrepreneurs, a new dawn for the continent, with government support, the economy is set to change for the better.