Africa needs infrastructure, Africa needs development, but, the truth is that if we call on Europeans to build Africa’s Infrastructure, Africa will be taken over by Europe 🇪🇺; and if we call on Chinese to develop Africa, Africa will become a Chinese 🇨🇳 Colony; hence a loss of independence again.
It is only when the Africans build and develop Africa that Africa can be owned by the Africans. Our development must reflect our needs and our capabilities and not the mastercraft or capitals of others.
We must remember that development is a process; it is not a product that can be bought and be given to a society. This also means that anytime we call on others to develop our society for us, we deny ourselves, the opportunity of the process of learning and the opportunity of creating and accumulating capital in our society.
This is because while we build our own development, we gain experiences by doing and the process of developing also help us to build capital that are kept in the economy for maintenance and further development in other sectors. But, what happens when the development is done by outsiders? They go away with the skills and the financial capital, leaving our economy in a hollow state.