Why are African countries so poor?

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Why are African countries so poor?

Postby Richard Akindele » Sat Jun 20, 2009 3:56 pm

World's poorest countries.

Country GDP per capita
10 Sierra Leone $700
9 Niger $700
8 Eritrea $700
7 Central African Republic$700
6 Somalia $600
5 Guinea-Bissau $600
4 Liberia $500
3 Burundi $400
2 Congo, Democratic Republic of the $300
1 Zimbabwe $200

All of the above are African countries. Why is this this case?

Now let us compare that with the world's richest countries. Look at the gap in the per capita GDP.

Country GDP per capita
10 San Marino $46,100
9 Ireland $47,800
8 United States $48,000
7 Singapore $52,900
6 Brunei $54,100
5 Norway $57,500
4 Kuwait $60,800
3 Luxembourg $85,100
2 Qatar $101,000
1 Liechtenstein $118,000


By the way, Nigeria's GDP per capita is a measly $1,451.

The people of Africa must be doing something wrong. I think African's in general are apathetic in nature. There is little sharing of information occurring between the knows and don't knows.

You as an African, when was the last time you tried to contact a successful African, or just any successful person, to find out from them what they're doing to succeed, and how they're doing it?

When was the last time you got curious about a service that Africans need, and be the one to fill that void?

Some people would argue that African leaders are corrupt, and that is the reason for the poverty. Well, that is partially correct. However, there are corrupt leaders on every continent. but the 10 poorest countries in the world are all from Africa. Something is clearly wrong with Africa and Africans.

One other culprit I've identified for Africa's poverty is that Africans are too nice. I never thought that being nice could actually be a negative, but here you are.

By being too nice, I mean that Africans are too willing to overlook wrong-doing. This helps breed corruption, and by extension poverty.

Many would say that they don't have the start-up capital for a business. However, what have you done personally to try to get the money. It won't fall on your lap, if that's what you're expecting.

My advice for a better Africa is...

- Set a goal.

- Then be more more aggressive in the pursuit of that goal.

- Do not let anybody tell you can't do it.

- If you try once and fail, try again, and again, and again.

- If you're looking to curry favor with somebody, volunteer to work for the person for free for a while. Once the person knows you, it'd then be easier to ask for help.

- Perhaps most importantly, be of help to other Africans. If you see somebody trying, and you're able to show them the way, do it. Most people who receive help are more likely to help someone else. Soon you'd have a continent of people helping one another without reservation.

- Success is not easy. You have to be tough as nails to taste success.

Good luck.

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Postby xdunamis » Sat Jun 20, 2009 8:39 pm

Perhaps most importantly, be of help to other Africans. If you see somebody trying, and you're able to show them the way, do it. Most people who receive help are more likely to help someone else. Soon you'd have a continent of people helping one another without reservation.

I wish the world could understand what that means, there would have been nothing like greed. By the way, what will one benefit by not willing to help his fellow human being.
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Postby Richard Akindele » Sat Jun 20, 2009 11:09 pm

xdunamis wrote:I wish the world could understand what that means, there would have been nothing like greed. By the way, what will one benefit by not willing to help his fellow human being.


Let me share a story with you.

There have been ordinary street panel beaters who have been able to take a regular car, and reshape the body to something extra ordinary. Why haven't we heard more about such geniuses? Well, it's because nobody cares about such talents in Africa.

In the western world, somebody would have taken such talented people under his wing, and built upon their God-given talent. However, nobody wants to help in Africa.

Have you heard the term "ibo made" in Nigeria? I have. That is other Nigerians deriding the efforts of some talented Nigerians, instead of getting such people together for training with a view toward improving the product in question. Perhaps give them scholarships to obtain engineering education.

So, when you ask why somebody would not want to help his fellow human being, ask yourself why we're neglecting our talented people in Nigeria?
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