African School Of Grassroots Science- a solid foundation for Africa's development
African School Of Grassroots Science
A Solid Foundation For Africa's Development
Information the West Don't Want You To Know (Part 2)
IMPORTANT: Following many messages of gratitude that I've received from around Africa, the America's, Asians, and other formerly colonized nations around the world who read this article, I decided to escalate the message even further. Be informed that this article has long evolved into a book and it could be downloaded for FREE. To download e-book, see details at intellectual slavery, the worst legacy of colonialism. Of course, you may read the short version below, but you'll be missing so much because the ideas were still in formation when this article was written. That's by the way.
Attention: African people,
Greetings my African people!. This message contains a revelation I received from God in 2012 about why Africa is technologically backward and poor, and also the solution. Of course, I' am not talking about the God of religion, but I have no other way to describe it. God means something else to me. As a clue, when Albert Einstein got this type of revelation to solve his relativity theory he described it as "the best thought of my life". And when he was interviewed on separate occasions and was asked whether he believed in God, he replied as follows:-
Do you believe in God?
Check your Television. Who is the manufacturer?. What country was it made?.
Check your Radio. Who is the manufacturer?. What country was it made?.
How about your shirts, shoes, even common things as candle and tooth pick?. How about your cars and airplanes?. Who is the manufacturer?. What country were they made?.
If you check all the above items in your house, in your friend's house, in all houses in your town, you'll discover none of them was made here in Africa. And, if you're able to check the entire African continent with a population of over 1 Billion people, you'll discover we are nothing but one big dumping ground for the developed world.
Africa is one of the reason for huge economic developments in most western countries through our importation of finished electronic goods. In fact, they would not find market for their ‘’used’’ goods without Africa always ready to buy. I was once in Cotonou Benin republic and saw a container offloading used foams, mattresses and bed shits. The items were dirty things to behold as I could see some of the foams dripping water and the clothes and environment smelling so bad. The smell was so disgusting that I had to literally cover my nose with my palms just to be able to pass the scene. And I wondered how poor someone have to be to sleep on those foams. Sorry, this is not the purpose of this piece but just to indicate how Africans suffer due our technological backwardness. Our technological backwardness itself is a product of intellectual slavery.
You see, none of the above items was made in Ethiopia.
None was made in Ghana.
None was made in Zimbabwe.
None was made in Gambia.
None was made in Congo, even though Congo supplies the raw materials to make the phones and computers the whole world uses.
None was made in Zambia.
None was made in Namibia.
None was made in Mozambique.
None was made Cote D'Ivoire or Cameroon.
None of them was made in any African country.
Do you know why?. Do you know why Uganda cannot go to the moon?.
Do you know why Nigeria cannot extract it’s own crude oil even though we have oil under our feet?. Instead we depend on foreign oil companies to extract our own oil.
Do you know why our presidents and ministers are begging for foreign investments to come use up Africa’s natural resources to develop Africa?.
Have you ever wondered why Namibia, Congo, Sudan, Nigeria, Uganda, e.t.c all African countries have to import items as simple as a tooth pick or candles?.
I will give you the answer, if you keep reading. But let me quickly inform you again that the answer have nothing to do with money!. It have more to do with intellectual slavery, already discussed in part 1. And the solution have nothing to do with foreign investment into Africa. Because no matter how much you invest in Africa, if Africans themselves are not in control of the science and technology for the production of these things, including being in total control of all the means of production for these items, Africa will remain poor, because revenues from African labour will always end up in foreign investors bank accounts at the end of the day. Dr. Walter Rodney in his book How Europe underdeveloped Africa captured what I'm trying to say here, when he said:"Under colonialism the ownership was complete and backed by military domination. Today, in many African countries the foreign ownership is still present, although the armies and flags of foreign powers have been removed. So long as foreigners own land, mines, factories, banks, insurance companies, means of transportation, newspapers, power stations, etc. then for so long will the wealth of Africa flow outwards into the hands of those elements. In other words, in the absence of direct political control, foreign investment ensures that the natural resources and the labour of Africa produce economic value which is lost to the continent"
With foreign investment alone, in future all African countries would at best turn out like immediate post-apartheid South Africa where the people were free but still very poor because they were not in control of their nation economically then. What Lucky Dube called ‘’mickey mouse freedom’’. And I’m here to tell you without being in total control of the science and technology required to mine gold you will always be the peasant to someone who have the technology to do so. I will explain the way out later but you need to understand certain things first.
I’ve been to few African countries and all bear striking similarities once you leave the city and start going into the suburbs.
The purpose of this message is not to compare Africa to Europe or America but to reveal how Africa can break away from technological slavery and western control.
Why is Africa so technologically retarded?. Why are we not manufacturing the equipements we need here in Africa since we have all the raw materials to do so?. You will understand why and most importantly the way out, if you keep reading.
So, let me ask again. Why is it that Angola is not manufacturing her own airplanes?.
Why is it that Burkina Faso does not build ships?.
Why is it that Mali and Sudan does not build nuclear energy technologies, even though they are sitting on top of the world's largest deposit of uranium?. Nuclear energy is powered by uranium.
Why is it that Morocco, Chad, Sudan that receive the most sunshine than any other country on earth cannot lead the rest of the world in solar energy technology?. Solar energy is powered by sunlight.
Why do these countries still import solar panels from Europe, one of the coldest place on earth?.
I mean, these countries we are buying solar panels from only see sunlight once in a year, whereas sunshine lives with us in Africa all year round in all seasons. I don't know whether you understand what I'm saying. I mean, why is a country such as Sudan that receives the biggest amount of sunlight than any other country in the world not leading the rest of the world in solar energy technology?.
Why is an African country that’s sitting on the hottest sun year in year out not leading the rest of the world in solar energy technology?. This is the type of question that worry me, and its that worry that lead me to the answer in this piece. But, whatever you think the answer is, it is not because they don't have money to build solar panels. No, money is not the problem!. The problem is African countries have taken the wrong path towards understanding science, and without mastery of science you cannot build the technologies a country require to be said to be industrially and economically developed. We are following the study of science in the wrong way, therefore, African children doesn't understand science from primary schools.
Africa is moving on the wrong path towards economic freedom, and no matter how long or fast we move we will never get there. Just like a traveler, to get to your destination you must first be moving in the right direction before you can begin to ponder how long it would take you to get to the destination. No matter the speed you are moving, if you are headed towards the wrong direction you will never get to your destination.
No matter how much foreign investment you pour into Africa, if African governments don’t take the right approach to teaching sciences in schools, and invest in grassroots science, Africa will remain poor and underdeveloped forever!. This is what God told me in a vision and I will explain more about the vision later.
What if our natural resources/raw materials lose market value?.
What if natural resources get depleted from our lands?.
Africa will pay a huge price in future, I don’t know maybe 50, 100, 200 years, but I’m sure we will pay a huge price when our natural resources loss market value or get depleted from our lands and we have no more natural resources to export to China, America or Europe. Get yourselves to understand this message and let us use what we have to begin producing what we need.
Now the revelation.
Later, I calmed down and I began to think about the whole encounter and the subject matter. First of all, I asked myself; what are the most scientifically advanced countries?. And they are Japan, Germany, China, USA, France, Russia, UK, South Korea. Please go and do your own research, the most scientifically advanced countries are also the most technologically advanced. And they are also the countries that teach sciences in school in their native dialects.
Science does not contradict belief in God. Neither does belief in God contradict science. Do not be fooled by some modern day scientists who tell you otherwise.
''most notable figures of the scientific revolution—including Nicolaus Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei, Francis Bacon, René Descartes, Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz — were devout in their faith. Rodney Stark identifies 50 out of 52 top scientists during the scientific revolution as being religious and devout Christians''., culled from wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_revolution
For the records, all the greatest scientists ever lived did believe in God!.
Isaac Newton (the father of Physics and Calculus) believed in God.
Dmitri Mendeleev (laid the foundation for Chemistry) he believed in God.
The father of science himself Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) was a catholic.
Fortunately, there are many scientists today who do believe in God. Again, science does not contradict God, because science does not create anything new in nature!. Science works with what already exist in nature. And those modern day scientists arguing otherwise definitely know less than the pioneers of science who all believed in God.
Other early scientists who believed in God are; Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Robert Boyle (1627-1691), e.t.c. Also check out this link for more http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Christian_thinkers_in_science
What is science?.
The same nature that exists in Britain is the same nature in Africa.
Everywhere on earth we all share the same nature. Therefore, you should not learn about nature in a foreign language!. Because language itself is natural. And therefore, by learning science in your native language you’re already at advantage towards understanding it.
Does it make sense to you to learn Swahili using English or French?.
How do you begin learning Hausa using English or Portuguese?.
How many metric tons of cassava do you have to sell to buy an airplane?. How many metric tons of palm oil do you have to sell to buy a ship?. How many metric tons of cashew nuts do you have to sell to buy a car?. e.t.c. This is why we will never be able to trade ourselves to mass wealth, because raw materials are dirt cheap compared to the expensive technology we have to import in exchange. In fact, this talks of exporting raw materials will have us end up as the world's modern day cotton and tobacco plantation. We could end up willingly picking cotton and tobacco for white people again, all in the name of foreign trade!.
Next thing our presidents and governors and ministers have on their lips all the time is infrastructure!, infrastructure!, infrastructure!. They thinks infrastructure means development!!.
Infrastructure is not development itself, UNLESS we Africans have progressed enough to be the ones possessing the knowledge/skills for building such infrastructures ourselves in our lands. Infrastructure is evidence of development, not the development itself. It is developed societies (developed human beings) possessing the right knowledge/skills that built the infrastructures in their lands. It is not infrastructures that developed first world countries. It is not the infrastructures they have that developed them, rather, they were developed that's why they built infrastructures all by themselves!!. Of course, I' am talking about truly developed countries like Japan, USA, Germany, Britain, France, e.t.c, not Dubai. Good economists have predicted that Dubai's development is not sustainable. And I can tell you why. Its because UAE citizens are not the ones possessing knowledge/skills to build their own infrastructures. Their development is still based on imported knowledge/skills, and if crude oil dry up in that land they'll return to a third world country.
Remember, I' am not saying not to invest in infrastructures, but just stating here that infrastructure does not translate to development. Development itself happens under another set of rules that I will soon explain.
African leaders, please stop putting the cart before the horse!. Invest in true education first!!. Invest in human capital development first!!!. Re-invent education in Africa, a type of education that can create mass African scientists and engineers capable of building our infrastructures by ourselves. That's exactly what Asians are doing right now.
Assuming we pay America or China to build us airports, roads, electricity, railways, that does not mean we've developed, because those facilities would decay in our hands within 10 years, and we would start over looking for IMF and World bank to loan us more money to build another round of infrastructures that would yet decay again. And the process goes on forever. In fact, this is what have been going on in Africa since the so called independence. The west simply exploiting our vulnerabilities!.
To go from one stage to the other, they were consciously undergoing a "process of adding improvements" to previous knowledge they had. In this case, they are said to be developing in that specific area. Development is simply "the process of adding improvements" to existing knowledge. Its the process of evolution, maturation, expansion, enlargement, progression, from a previous state. Before you can develop, you must start-off with your own solution to your own problem. Whatever it is you're adding improvements on, you're said to be developing in that area. Development is the process of evolution, maturation, expansion, enlargement, progression, from a previous state
Development can't happen if someone helps you progress from hunting -to- gathering of wild fruits -to- domestication of animals and growing of crops with manual labor -to- mechanized animal husbandry and farming. You (yourself) must be the one learning enough to progress from one stage to the next. There're no short-cuts!!.
Now, it doesn't matter whether we're talking about personal development or the development of a society/nation. The same thing happens!. For development to happen an individual or society must pass through "the process of adding improvements" to what they have already.
For the sake of this article, let's continue to deal with technological development of a society.
A society develops scientifically and technologically as its members jointly increase the capacity for dealing with the environment. They must study and understand what's under the soil, in the forests, inside the rivers and oceans, in the sky. This capacity for dealing with the environment is dependent on the extent to which they understand the laws of nature (science) and the extent they put that knowledge into practice by devising tools (technology) to solve real life problems. This means the best tool for development is through education in the language indigenous to that society. You can best understand your environment in your own language!. The logic is very simple.
Therefore, it would be best to use education created locally in your native language to acquire knowledge about your soil, your forests, your rivers and oceans, the sky. This will make learning happen easily.
Remember, the education itself we use today was developed by foreigners. We can't possibly improve upon a system of education we didn't create. If we want to even talk about development in Africa we must first discard the current system of education we inherited from colonial powers and create one without colonial hangovers.
We cannot develop, until we pay attention to our native languages in Africa and start being the originators of scientific theories, terminologies, or technology that we invent while trying to solve our problems. As I've shown, "the process of adding improvement" is simply the addition of new ideas- which necessitates creation of new terminologies to describe what's new- which in turn necessitates the addition of new technology. That’s why we’ll forever be under the shadows of white people, because we can’t develop upon the mobile phone they invented. We can’t develop upon the airplane they built. We can’t develop upon the spaceship they built. Because, we don’t know what stage of development they were when they invented it. We don't know what they were thinking when they invented them!. And therefore, we can’t possibly develop upon them.
Similarly, we can’t develop upon the infrastructures built us by foreigners because the current model of education we run today don't allow us know "the process of adding improvements" that they passed through to know how to build those infrastructures. That’s why we can only consume and unable to build. You can't beat someone in his own game!.
I believe you should understand what constitute development by now, and if you do, you'll understand that the infrastructures they built us and their spaceship is a stage of their own development, not ours!. As a matter of fact, when they help us build infrastructures, we're actually also helping them perfect their craft, so they could go on to the next African country to build a better one!!!.
Countries develop by having sound scientific education, and thereafter huge investment in scientific research and development. They then consume their own raw materials to manufacture what they need.
What China is trading is products of long years of investment in science and technology!. What Japan is trading is products of long years of investment in science and technology!!. Korea, USA, Germany, e.t.c, the same.
No nation will industrialize without science!
In order for Africa to develop and start exploiting nature to generate wealth, the following are professions African countries need to invest more than anything else:-
When we buy such cars we have paid the salaries of their engineers, staffs and managements of the company, miners, office cleaners, e.t.c, including the whole chain of workers that have anything to do with the manufacturing of such car. This's why a country like Germany or Japan or USA can never be poor because they have the highest numbers of the science professions listed above. They have simply mastered the art of exploiting nature to create wealth, thereby getting what they want (money) from the needs of other nations. And the only way they have been able to do this is mastery of science!.
Only science can solve the poverty problem of a nation!. Only science will save Africa. It doesn't matter what nation though, only a nation that embrace science will get rich.
See link to List of Nobel prize winners in Physics and their country.
If you was born and brought up speaking Hausa, go ahead and use it to teach and learn sciences in school.
If you was born a Zulu, then use Zulu language to teach and learn sciences. That’s how it should be!.
Native language is a natural capital for conceptualizing science!. There's nobody taught sciences in his or her native dialect that will not understand it. Whether you come from Zambia or Mozambique, whether you come from Namibia or South Africa, whether you come from Ghana or Lesotho, whether you come from Zimbabwe or Uganda, whether you come from Nigeria or Benin republic, if your mother taught you how to build robot at age 10, you will build robot!. Anybody can do it!. It's as simple as that!.
Oxygen in RUSSIAN is кислород
Oxygen in JAPANESE is 酸素
Oxygen in FRENCH is Oxygène
Oxygen in CHINESE is 氧
Oxygen in KOREAN is 산소
Hydrogen in GERMAN is Wasserstoff
Hydrogen in RUSSIAN is водород
Hydrogen in JAPANESE is 水素
Hydrogen in FRENCH is Hydrogène
Hydrogen in CHINESE is 氫
Hydrogen in KOREAN is 수소
Still, the worst problem this creates is Africa have evolved to a continent that have to continually depend on foreigners to solve our own problem. I searched everywhere as part of my research to see whether someone have noticed the problem education itself crates in Africa. Fortunately, I saw Professor C. Tsehloane Keto. He captured what I'm trying to say here, when he said: "The world of Africans and descendants of Africans and the world of scholarship about them is still the only one at the end of the Twentieth Century that retains a 'colonial' signature whereby experts and authorities outside African communities control knowledge creation and exceed experts inside those communities. This does not apply to Europe, Asia or the Americas. This has led to an unfortunate predilection among Africans to concede expert knowledge to outsiders. African people have tended in the past to surrender the right to academic self affirmation to others, thereby accepting conclusions of a Euro-centric framework that have assigned a permanent peripheral role to the Africa centered perspective in the world's growing knowledge industry. Indeed, many of the 'authorities' who study and write about the African world and exercise great influence over the outside world's perception of Africa and Africans, the understanding of its value priorities, the vision of its future and the capacity to define its very essence for insiders and outsiders alike, often are not burdened with the knowledge of single African or African derived language."
Have you now seen why God told me African elites are fools?. African elites are a disgrace to Africa for not digging deep to understand the root cause of our technological backwardness and poverty when the solution is just staring us in the face!. I mean, the educational system we operate today are those we inherited from the colonial days. Whether in Anglophone or Francophone countries, we still practice the same old thing. We're still learning in the language the colonial masters forced us to speak!.
But the only reason the colonialists imposed their language on Africa was for them to be able to communicate us. The reason they taught us their language was not for us to communicate ourselves, because we already had our own languages in Africa before slavery and colonization of Africa. So, why can't we Africans use our own language to understand nature?. Again, always remember that nature exists worldwide and it's all the same. For example; it's the same water we drink in Gabon that they drink in Germany.
It's the same air they breathe in Canada that we breathe in Rwanda. It's the same sun and moon that we see in Ethiopia that they see in USA. It's the same carrot that they eat in Japan that we eat in Congo and Libya. So, my question to African academics and leaders; why do we then have to understand our surroundings using English or French or Portuguese language?.
Back to the need for learning sciences in native dialect.
As long as you teach chemistry in native African dialects, whether you teach African children how to manipulate chemicals to produce acids or fertilizers, they will understand and they will achieve the same result like their counterparts anywhere in the world. If this approach to sciences is applied in African schools, at the end you are going to have a mass army of young African scientists all over Africa researching, discovering new things, and building new technologies all over Africa. That’s the result you will get!. And that’s the way it is in all the countries we call developed countries that applied the same thing.
All these countries, and all the technologically advanced countries teach sciences in their local dialects and they teach English as a non compulsory subject. So, only those students interested in learning English does so.
English or French should not be made compulsory in African schools!. Its not to our advantage in the long run!. Otherwise, we will keep churning out students that are not relevant to our development. If there is any subject that should be made compulsory in African schools, it should be history and our native languages. Because, knowledge of history puts you miles ahead about the big picture, so you can avoid mistakes. Plus it builds your self esteem.
Go and check. The best scientists in Japan, Russia, Germany, Korea, are also those who can’t speak English or French. They are too busy with their scientific research that they have no time for such trivialities.
This in turn will lead to mushrooming of so many science and technology related start-up companies across Africa, same way it is in USA, Japan, Germany. And by so doing there will be so many innovative industries to cause the economy of African nations to start growing astronomically!. And so will the attendant technological advancements be as well, because advancement in science automatically translates to advancement in technology. This means one African country can be a master in designs, while another African country may be better in building more durable products. See example below.
The same thing will happen in Africa. Example; once Ghana got it’s independence from Britain every other African country wanted to do the same, because they learnt from their neighbor it was a good thing. And of course the cascading effect it had on the rest of Africa’s independence is a fact that you need not be told.
As soon as the content of this message applied in African schools. and sciences taught in schools in our native languages, I predict within 30 years there will be so much surplus of scientific and technological solutions for Africa’s problems by we Africans that an African country would have no need to have to import any technology from overseas, because the next door African country will have the solution!. That’s when Africa will indeed be said to be truly independent!.
If this's not done our brothers and sisters in the Saharan north Africa will continue to receive the most sunlight in the world but will continue importing solar technology from Europe, whereas Europe is one of the coldest place in the world. They do not even receive one tenth of sunlight in Africa.
If this is not done Botswana and South Africa will continue to mine gold and diamonds but import jewelries.
If this is not done Ghana and Ivory Coast will continue to produce cocoa beans, but import chocolate. Even though Chocolate is made from cocoa!.
If this is not done African elites and leaders will continue trooping to European and American hospitals for simple health checks, where they go to spend Billions of dollars annually at the detriment of Africa’s health sector. Though when they get there the hospitals will leave them in the hands of apprentice students to use them for experiment.
I find all these incredible to believe they're actually happening, and I can’t stop wondering how it all began.
2. I received this revelation since 2012 and have been keeping it to myself due to lack of money to fund the mission. It makes me want to run mad each time I think about it and realizing I can’t even proceed due to the huge investment required just to take-off this mission. This is why I decided to cry out loud to the African people home and abroad. I'm eager to take this message across Africa on a ‘’road show’’ but it requires a big investment beyond by capabilities. I need help to take this message across Africa. I will need buses to do that. Even if I have buses I still cannot do it alone. I need to hire 6 to 10 people to work with me. I also need to hire a lot of science teachers across Africa. If you would like to help me or you know somebody who can help fund my charity outfit "Movement for eradication of neo-colonialism and colonial mentality" and Science Vision Africa a.k.a ''African school of grassroots science'' email me at: info(AT)africason.com. I'm not interested in getting rich off this project because it will make me uncomfortable.
For more insight on what Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) can do to the economy of a nation read the below links.