The prevailing perspective on Africa is typically summed up as Sad, Piteous and Incapable. A continent plagued by disease and poverty, and in need of unbridled Western support. A rich but rough terrain incapable of domestic development only fit for its natural resources to be extracted at the rate of $192 billion per year and counting, refined outside its borders and resold to it for huge profits!
With a familiar tone, some sound off on Africa with notable buzzwords like Nelson Mandela, Sudan and South Sudan conflicts, Blood Diamond, Boy Soldiers, Pyramids, Safari etc. Only very few talk about Africa in its complete story. A story so vast and diverse with no semblance to the singularity to which it is continuously relegated.
For example, did you know that Africa in sheer size occupies a landmass that is more than three times the United States and three times China. Did you know that Africa has produced many Rainmakers – men and women that are making a global difference in enabling the progress of our 21st century world? Did you know that Africa is solving its problems in ways that can produce solutions to our World’s biggest problems?
Ngozi Bell’s TEDxLehighRiver talk tells us why Africa is critically relevant to the future of our globe and makes the case that Africa is the Ideal Training Ground for Future Global Problem Solvers!