Love it. (“White” in Africa is used for “European”, “Chinese”, “Lebanese”, “American”, etc. In the context of this article it could be easily replaced by “foreigners”.) But why then for this African Empowerment article using WHITE wisdom (Solomon is as white and foreign as the Lebanese) and why quote JUDAS and by the way any-thing Christian – which is deeply "white" since Lebanese are "white". So, rock it, go the whole way and support a thriving African traditional sacred traditional culture. (un-su-re whether the african intellectuals and *talkers* composing texts as the above will promote and can manifest this step 😉 ) Bec if u look at the history of empire, from rome to usa and totalitarian soviet communism, the first thing to do is kill people's spirit, and where this is reanimated, the negative aspects of depression, alcoholism, domestic abuse etc DISAPPEAR … in the "foreign" cultures (so I guess australian aboriginal, NZ maori, native americans, are also white and foreign) as well as communities in Africa. Black Africa, not the white northern Africa which is pretty much like the Lebanese. Wow, a bunch of still shakey imagery in the above construct. Once it grows beyond teen-age years in its thinking to holistic grown up imagery and terms, it will be a good article and message. This will include more concrete stuff (not just "talking"!!) about needs for tech and entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship (and trade if a return to more trade than before colonization is wanted, as highlighted in the text) but con-cre-te examples of the *solutions *wanted in the above article. Because those solutions already exist in Africa, but as usual journalists know little about them, and how to cract works that facilitate positive change. Bec journalists are only talkers. It would make sense to upgrade to being a changemaker also. However, some sacred traditional character may help overcome the differentiation of people by skin pigments but see their SPIRIT, and thereby open to global horizons and the incredible amount of solutions happening in all sorts of environments by people facing the same model of issues as communities in Africa. But of course, all those are foreign, – like the evil white guy who started farmradio in africa, for farmer produced shows about self empowerment. Or hans herren, who works with farmers knowledge sharing networks and are creating 10x harvests in traditional organic ways. why? well, bec some of the spirits walking the earth in white pigment skins right now might have walked it in black pigment skins in their past life – as the sacred traditions well in touch and communication with the ancestors *know. whereas the uprooted intellectuals of today have lost all that wisdom and bigger picture, and replicate the problems of ego and empire, and have no concrete solutions to propose. just like the "opinion piece" journalism in the NYT is oh so smart and offers zero solutions, while thousands and thousands exist, in well accessible global networks that meet in spirit, not skin colour. that's *so outdated. They have overcome the teen-age identity crisis, and stepped into just being and rocking. good luck. also because they have seen this kind of analysis since the Sixties!!! That's 50 years ago. And a lot has happened since. For those in the avantgarde fields of innovation. And well connected to their spiritual – sacred – roots and practice.
Given the growing hold of foreign investment in Eastern and Southern Africa, and of what some call the “scramble” for African indigenous knowledge, it would be easy to see digitization projects (most of them funded by foreign organizations) as Trojan horses for a new wave of cultural imperialism . But if these efforts are no panacea for the vast inequalities and issues of access and social resources that remain within the continent, they nonetheless reflect genuine efforts to assume greater control over African arts and culture, and save them from marginalization.
Geopolitics : Some of these areas were strategically important for maintaining trade routes to Asia or maintaining refueling station for a world- wide navy. The Horn of Africa, the southern tip of the continent, and the west- African coast were all strategic locations for world control. Inside the continent, territory was important for its location. Great Britain, hoping to link Cairo in the north with Cape Town in the south, wanted north-south dominion; therefore, all the territory between those two points gained strategic value.