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In Africa, colonialism went beyond territorial acquisition; the local mind too was colonized.  Various strategies were employed to colonize the African mind and these included, among others, the devaluation of everything in historical Africa, the belittling of anything African while glorifying everything European, the relegation and confinement of Africans to primary production and the exploitation of formal education in promoting contempt for one’s people, culture and traditions. Mental colonization transformed Africans into ideal producers of raw materials on one hand and consumers of finished products from the outside on the other hand. The transformation rendered Africans dependable allies in sustaining the colonial economic model in the post-independence era.

Role in our inability to get out of underdevelopment

 

More importantly, mental colonization hindered the African mind from developing the attitude towards uplifting themselves/their economies through meaningful production. The ensuing mental blindness undermined post-independence nations in sub-Saharan Africa profoundly, especially in business, technical and decision-making spheres. In the business sphere, native entrepreneurs flocked into non-production sectors of the economy. Of the few who ventured into production, most did not go beyond primary production. In the technical sphere, policies that were embraced and implemented failed to industrialize the country. In the decision-making sphere, the countries in sub-Saharan Africa failed to translate opportunities for trade with developed/developing countries into golden moments for turning around their economies.

Addressing it

 

 

The book titled ‘Establishing the 4th MISSING LINK in Africa’s Development Efforts’ was specially prepared for final year students in tertiary institutions. It goes beyond the conventional guidance of tertiary students towards employment/work, and engages their belief systems with the aim of growing the attitude (mental clarity) required of their generation, if it is to realise and sustain a strong economy for the country. Buy this book for a child or an institution and support the effort to promote vibrancy of your country’s economy through the upcoming generation.

 

The book ends with three online resources that are complementary to the book. The first resource presents business opportunities for tertiary students. The second resource inspires students to excel in the local business environment. The last resource promotes the acquisition of skills, in line with a new found interest or opportunity. These e-resources, however, need to be revisited and take into consideration the education, cultural and socio-economic settings of your country. Your support, through the purchase of a slot for your recollection by future generations, is for revisiting these e-resources and promotion of their use.

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