Foreign investment in Africa is false investment

When foreigners, especially North Americans, Europeans and from Asian countries, whether rich or not, under the guise of ‘business‘ or merely for personal use, buy some property in Africa; that automatically qualifies them to label themselves as foreign ‘investors‘ in Africa. They tell Africans, ‘we’re investors‘; and Africans repeat after them; ‘you’re investors‘. So, the lie is not only sown but, importantly, perpetuated by those who stand to be exploited and victimised by it.

Many pretentious foreign ‘investors‘ in Africa are, in fact, poor economic opportunity seekers – they are economic migrants. For example, the White European community in Africa commonly known as ‘settlers‘, were poor economic migrants who moved to Africa in search of economic opportunities.

When rich, wealthy Africans — who form the African political and business elite — buy high-end real estate, not on mortgages but on cash, in North America, major European cities and Asian capitals mainly as a form of capital flight; they aren’t considered or counted as ‘investors‘. Too often, they are quietly suspected of corruption and spoken about as ‘corrupt Africans‘ or ‘corrupt dictators‘. Although it’s almost always true that most such Africans have either gotten rich and wealthy through corrupt means or are dictators with a monopoly to plunder the resources of their countries.

Put simply, rich, wealthy African investors – with high liquidity – in foreign countries, particularly North America and Europe, are (called) corrupt (rich and wealthy) Africans. When such Africans buy multimillion dollar houses (apartments) in North American cities, major European cities and Asia capitals; they are thought of hiding (their) stolen money.

When poor, economic opportunity seeking foreigners go to Africa; they are welcomed by Africans as ‘foreign investors‘. When poor, economic opportunity seeking foreigners buy a small property (real estate) in African countries; it’s lauded as an ‘investment‘ by both such foreigners and Africans; particularly the African political (government) and business gang who worship foreigners, accord them preferential treatment over their own kind and are too happy to hand them everything and all their valued resources for as little as to make it appear almost as handed out for free.

When rich, wealthy Africans – who are the business but mainly the thieving political class; park their stolen money in foreign bank accounts, mainly in North America, Europe and Asia, helping foreign banks with free cash while receiving nothing in return; they aren’t considered [as] investors. They are told and convinced by such banks that they are doing them a huge favour and they should be happy and count themselves lucky to be allowed the opportunity to access such invaluable service. These African fools nod in gratitude and go back to steal more to stuff away.

The African political and business elite steal and plunder Africa – their respective countries and economies – in the service of (to benefit) foreign economies. While foreigners go to plunder and steal Africa– African countries– to benefit their home economies and build their countries.

The African political so-called ‘elite’ will cry foul and shout “neocolonialism”, “imperialism”; when western powers condemn their political mischief while accepting loans from western financial lending institutions.

When western powers act upon their privileged power to project their noses into the (national) affairs of African countries; the nationally powerful but internationally powerless African political so-called ‘elite‘ make noise about western interference in their affairs. They scream and shout at the top of their voices against what they call ‘neocolonial’ interference and agenda in Africa. They are quick to accuse western powers of ‘imperialist‘, ‘neocolonialist’ or ‘colonialist‘ agenda.

They vehemently condemn western interests in Africa and African (national) affairs as ‘imperialist’, ‘neocolonialist’ or ‘colonialist’. No one denies the fact that there is, indeed, truth in their condemnation of western powers and western interests in Africa. The irony, however, is that the African political so-called ‘elite’ is a bunch of politically lying hypocrites. A bunch of self-serving, greedy and interminably corrupt but devious individuals who ride on the plight of their poor masses, to live their multimillionaire lifestyles.

While the African political so-called ‘elite’ are quick to accuse western powers of ‘imperialist’, ‘neocolonialist’ interference in African affairs; they are too quick and happy to allow western powers, through their financial lending institutions, to load Africa with debt. The self-serving, greedy and corrupt African political so-called ‘elite‘ will not hesitate to coalesce with western powers, in service of western interests in Africa for a few kickbacks, to conspire against Africa and African interests in Africa’s relationship with Western powers.

The African political so-called ‘elite’ will, for example, rarely, if ever at all, condemn mounting foreign debt in Africa as ‘imperialist‘, ‘neocolonialist’ interference and/or agenda; not because they don’t know and/or understand it is: they are well aware of the danger it poses. But largely, their conspicuous and concerted silence – which should amount to treason – is because mounting foreign debt forms and provides a funds chest (an inflow of funds) in which they; using their privileged political and power positions, dip their grabby hands and steal as much as they can get their hands on.

They, using their privileged political and power positions, steal and divert debt funds to their personal foreign (western) bank accounts, and to buy their foreign luxury real estate and other ridiculously expensive foreign luxury goods such as their high-end SUVs and private jets. What’s interesting and sad, however, is that the same individuals will shamelessly claim to be (more) patriotic than their poor masses. They will shamelessly and publicly bang on about national values, make false claims about working in national interests while loading and overburdening their countries with massive foreign debt, a significant chunk of which they will appropriate for personal use while their masses remain poor.

They will have no shame to publicly wax lyrical about and emphasise on the importance of national sovereignty and independence; while their countries and future generations are overburdened with and choking on foreign debt, and the extortionate debt repayments. They will shamelessly preach about national values, the importance of national sovereignty and independence while happily mortgaging the young and future generations for their present multimillionaire opulent lifestyles that do not benefit their own economies but foreign economies.

No wonder they tell and lie to the young; and get them to believe they are the future. The future overburdened by foreign debt that is not used prudently and productively, to develop the young such that they are able and capable of servicing it (foreign debt) in the future; but to largely fund the opulent lifestyles of the present self-serving political ‘elite’.

No country overloaded with foreign debt; with 50% plus of foreign debt to GDP, should ever claim to be sovereign or independent. It’s a colonised country; colonised by the instrument of debt.

CP Scott’s centenary essay: A Hundred Years. What individuals and, collectively, organisations, i.e, management, can learn from it regarding character.

CP Scott’s centenary essay: A Hundred Years, is timeless, powerful, compelling, seductively liberating mentally; or at least, seductively calls and challenges one to seek for mental liberation. It offers valuable lessons on business and organisation management. And above all, it stresses on the importance of character, for instance, how self-respecting individuals in any organisation, irrespective of their station, ought to comport themselves.

Beyond its apparent critical concern on running a newspaper and how to do independent journalism; it’s cross-sectional in terms of its immense relevance to and lessons on business and organisational management. It must be required reading in business courses (studies) and business schools as well as public governance schools and studies, and other forms of social education.

Those who run public (government) and private institutions and other organisations, particularly African governments and other organisations run – rather on personal whims than on public policy and public interest – would benefit greatly from(by) reading this powerful piece on unfettered business and organisational management as well as individual and organisational character building.

It always fills me with great joy rereading it, trying to make sense out of the nonsense – the garbage – spewed out dressed in fancy garbs of officialdom; using unintelligible business jargon to project a superior grasp of the theoretical business and organisational management nonsense they do not understand its origin, let alone remotely understanding its proper application.

Character and integrity.

Character and integrity are critical components to the development of both the individual and organisation. Character and integrity not only make an individual a great person, but it’s what makes and defines a great organisation. Organisational character and integrity are critical factors to the longterm sustainability of any organisation, public or private.

Nothing can compensate for the inadequacy or complete lack of character and integrity, in an individual, demonstrable in the willingness – and possibly desire – to self-dehumanise to appeal to – and appease – the whims and fancies of another exalted individual who equally lacks in character and integrity themselves.

We are faced with a new and enormous power and a growing one. Whither is the young giant tending? What gifts does he bring? How will he exercise his privilege and powers? What influence will he exercise on the minds of men and on our public life?” CP Scott, A Hundred Years.

Without character and integrity, it’s impossible to have a sense of duty to oneself: to live one’s ideals and beliefs. One risks living on others’ whims, being tossed back and forth, left, right and centre, much to their delight than – even as reprehensible but at least – to their service.

To the man, whatever his place on the paper, whether on the editorial, or business, or even what may be regarded as the mechanical side– this also vitally important in its place–nothing should satisfy short of the best, and the best must always seem a little ahead of the actual

It is here that ability counts and that character counts, and it is on these that a newspaper, like every great undertaking, if it is to be worthy of its power and duty, must rely.”  CP Scott, A Hundred Years

The Horse and The Horse Rider Relationship, and Leadership Failure.

The relationship of a horse and its rider, is such that the horse is under the direction [leadership] of the horse rider; effectively its master. The horse’s life and livelihood is dependent on, and at the mercy of its master.

When and if the horse strays off and goes into a wrong direction, particularly during a ride, then it’s the fault, therefore failure of the horse rider; and not of the horse. When and if the horse runs into a wall (an object) sending the horse rider flying down on the ground with a bang, possibly into a concussion and/or sustaining a broken back; it’s not and cannot be the fault (failure) of the horse. But it’s squarely the fault (failure) of its rider. That’s leadership (and management) failure in brief.

But the horse rider has the privilege, the prerogative and power to blame the horse for his/her failure. That’s what power does; that’s the privilege of power.

Remove the ability to impose, out of power; and you castrate power.

Power gives almost unlimited options. When you’ve power, you can make vice into virtue and virtue into vice. Power without the ability to impose one’s will or the unwanted and have it stick and prevail in the face of formidable resistance is no power. It’s power in name or on some fancy paper signed; but realistically the teeth to bite have been knocked out and left with the muscle and the tongue to massage, that is, persuade.

But if the horse rider whips the horse into the right direction, and keeps the horse away from running into a wall; is that punishment or leadership (management)? It depends; on whether the whip is part of the necessary tools in the system of horse [leadership] management.

If the horse rider feeds the horse, is it (not) reward, incentivisation and/or the horse rider’s obligation to serve and meet the needs of the horse, so the horse is fit for purpose? So the horse can serve its rider well? Or is it (not) corruption?

There’s a thin line between reward, incentivisation and corruption. But power is the best arbiter. Power is, ultimately, the arbiter of truth and falsehood, of wrong and right, especially if power defines and determines the boundaries of operation.

The relationship between the leader and the led, specifically in Africa irrespective of the claims of democracy, although this is not limited to Africa, is very clear. It’s that of the master and servant. In some cases (and places), it’s typical of that of the horse and its rider.

The concept of “Public Servant” in Africa

The concept of “Public Servant” in Africa is inverted. It’s pure Orwellian speak. The supposedly “Public Servant” in Africa is, in reality, the “Master”; and therefore the served by (members of) the public. It’s the public that bows, in honour, to the “Public Servant” who has and wields extraordinary power, in most cases (and places) with impunity. The “Public Servant” has the authority of a feudal lord over the public which allows them to indulge in mischief against public interests. The public is terrified of the “Public Servant”, of his/her feudal lord authority. The public, therefore and rightly, feels as if it’s under the “tyranny of the Public Servant“.

We live in a world with massive disparity in power.

Those with power can certainly make positive changes as individuals; but a lot needs to change to curb on power abuses. Behind every facade of power lies untold (and/or unspoken about) mischief that causes deep pain and sorrow. That deep pain and sorrow need to be told; but it requires power and the consciousness of a liberated mind; without which, that deep pain and sorrow, will keep eating away on the soul, and eventually kill the soul.

A gargantuan feat of political contradiction and hypocrisy by African governments and dictators: Cognitive Dissonance?

When western power establishment and powerful institutions are on the side of African governments and dictators, tooting their horn, it’s all hunky-dory. When they dare point to their political mischief, or criticise some of their awful actions; suddenly, all hell breaks loose. And all manner of appalling accusations are made, and begin to surface. From ‘imperialist/colonial meddling‘ motivated by ‘imperialist‘ interests and agenda, to anything they can muster, mostly in a shameful attempt to browbeat those who have dared expose their mischief to retract or back down on their criticisms, and to deflect criticisms.

For many Africans, it’s a badge of honour, something to boast about, to be educated/trained in the West – from western institutions of ‘education‘. The more prestigious the institution, the more the boast, and the more arrogant many such western educated/trained are likely to be and feel entitled. They will boast, with such stinking and nauseating arrogance, about their ‘elite‘ education.

In fact, the best way for the West to appropriate and/or co-opt the African mind, is to ‘educate‘ it. The best way for the West to recruit and get Africans plugged into the western ‘matrix‘, is to extend more scholarships and ‘educational‘ and training programmes to more Africans, and ensure western institutions of ‘education‘ admit more Africans into and walk their corridors.

Western educated/trained African dictators.

Most post-so-called ‘independence‘ African countries have gravitated between governments of military dictatorships and civilian dictatorships. Most of such governments have been led by western educated/trained individuals.

Most post-so-called ‘independence‘ African armies have been led by western trained officers, in one way or another. Many post-so-called ‘independence‘ African military dictators and military coup leaders have either been fully trained by, or gone through and have had military training programmes, in one way or another, in some of the ‘elite‘ western military academies. These individuals ride high on their military training and background in such so-called ‘elite‘ western military academies. And many indoctrinated Africans adulate them and put a high premium on their abilities, often overrated, with no practical relevance to their environments.

It’s not and has not been uncommon, whenever there’s a military coup in any African country, as some sort of indication of quality, that the first thing highlighted and emphasised about the coup leader, is their military training by (and from) some of the ‘elite‘ western military academies.

Most post-so-called ‘independence‘ African armies have been trained, in one way or another, by western military forces. Post-so-called ‘independence‘ African military forces have been extended with and therefore, benefited from western military training and assistance programmes. Many indoctrinated Africans will brag about – and proudly ride on – how some of their top military brass have been trained in some of the world’s (often the West) best and ‘elite‘ military academies. How they’re US, British or French trained military officers. How they’re CIA or M6 (British) trained intelligence officers, et cetera.

Strangely, however, when such individuals are criticised by western power establishments and other powerful western institutions, some of which they have been through or worked with, for their egregious behaviour and actions; these proudly western educated/trained Africans – military and civilian officers – defend themselves against their makers by accusing them – their western makers – of their ‘imperialist‘ agenda.

They cry foul and lament about western ‘meddling‘ in their national affairs. Hence, in their defence, they often turn to and mobilise or order their already oppressed and browbeaten populace to protest against what these western educated/trained African dictators conveniently label as an ‘attack‘ on their ‘national independence‘ and/or ‘sovereignty‘. Yet, before the criticisms or ‘attacks‘, they have been cosying up and working with (and/or for) the same forces (people) they accuse of harbouring and being motivated by ‘imperialist‘ interests and agenda.

However, when the same western power establishments and other powerful western institutions are speaking and/or writing favourably about them – tooting their horn, they don’t see or for expediency, ignore the underlying, quite frankly, condescending ‘imperialist‘ interests and agenda. Instead, they’re happy as they can be. They invite some of the powerful individuals in/from western power establishments and other western powerful institutions to their ‘State Houses’ and presidential palaces, villas, mansions for ‘State banquets’ and revel in State sponsored opulence.

Maybe it’s time African governments and dictators stopped boasting about, ordered their indoctrinated and oppressed people to stop pointing to their ‘elite‘ western education/training. Instead, accept it might, after all, contribute to and encourage their dictatorial behaviour and tendencies.