Africa covers 30,221,000 sqkm which can fit the United States of America into it at least three times. Similarly, China, India, USA and most of Europe can all fit into Africa!
Clearly, when it comes to size, we are the superpower of the world. Why then is our massive continent still lumped in the ‘third world’ category? Answers to these questions can fill encyclopedias. But a phrase that captures one of the key reasons that continues to shackle Africa is – unsustainable land management. Our enormous land can be the source of wealth only if we embrace sustainable land management as opposed to putting so much effort to land ownership.
A few weeks ago, Solar Energy stunned the world by exclusively powering a plane for forty thousand kilometers. This stunning achievement was a vindication of solar energy as a powerful force that literally transform the way we move and do business. It was a memorable fete that was achieved by the Solar Impulse team led by Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg a doctor and engineer respectively.
BECKONING KENYA’S PASSION AND FLAIR TO CREATE JOBS
Kenya’s capacity to rise up from the ashes and from the very depths of despair will never cease to amaze me. Most tellingly, we have arisen from the scourge of terrorism and although we remain vigilant, the country is fully back on its feet. I am persuaded that this resilience stems from a passion and genius that often catapults Kenyans to great heights of achievements.
Apart from Coca Cola, Kimbo and Elianto are probably some of the best-known brands in Kenya. Like many other Kenyans, I grew up watching my mother churning out delicacies through Kimbo. What I didn’t know then and what many Kenyans still don’t fully appreciate is that such popular brands are the fruits of unceasing sweat and ‘green’ determination. They stem from a never-say-die and smart enterprising spirit.
When we lost almost seventy people in the tragic Westgate attacks back in 2013, our country and the world at large was justifiably enraged. The nation came together in a show of unity and solidarity. What most Kenyans may not realize is that at least 20 times as many people as the Westgate victims have been killed in road accidents in the first half of this year.
The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) reports that 1,600 Kenyans have lost their lives to road accidents in just six months stint. This is simply unacceptable and has to stop.
Nairobi’s population has doubled in less than twenty years. Apart from the birth of newborns, a primary reason for this population explosion is unending rural-urban migration as mostly young Kenyans flock into the capital city in search of employment.
Last year, the World Bank released a report showing Mandera as the poorest County in Kenya. The year before, the Kenya Government reported that Kakamega County was the poorest. Both counties are mostly rural reserves where poverty is rampant.
Mauritius is 285 times smaller than Kenya. It is smaller than Nakuru County and has almost half a million fewer people than Nakuru. But despite its vastly smaller size compared to Kenya, Mauritius’s economy is far stronger than Kenya’s, with a GDP per capita that is nearly nine times stronger than ours.
So what is Mauritius doing right that we can learn from? In one word – Trade!