Is Africa Going to be Recolonized Using Technology?
Africa is being colonized in more ways than one. In the 21st century,
many may not realize that the content of melanin is already controlled by other state actors who see it as the last frontier for control. Some state actors do it for the natural resources which are needed to drive their economic progress, while others do it for imperial reasons.
The truth is that Africa as a continent doesn’t have the required impetus to take an independent path towards self-sufficiency on any front.
From the first African communications satellite to the Kimberly process that determines the status of conflict diamonds, the African states have been taught to rely on external help and assistance one way or the other.
The African States Don’t Get a Reprieve from the rest of the World
African nation-states shave remained under the control of other state actors. For some, these state actors are most likely their former colonial masters who use all sorts of new terminologies to define the status of such states.
Others are new state actors who intend to use their new-found wealth and status. They use this status to change the way and manner that they relate with other states.
Africa becomes their favorite destination for spurious investments and loans with nearly-impossible terms. This has led many African states to take loans they shouldn’t have any business taking in the first place.
Still, others use monetary policy o try and control client states. The curious case of the eco comes to mind. Perhaps the greatest scenario of control of African states has to do with technology.
We all know that African states have no long-standing history of innovation. On this basis, technology is constantly being imported into Africa and to Africans.
Even in recent times, African startups often try to mimic other innovations that exist in other climes.
This has led to a dependence on technological tools both hard and soft which are making life easy for all Africans. An example in this regard has to do with the funding of the first communications satellite by the then Libyan dictator Muamar Ghaddafi.
Without any backing from other international finance organizations both public and private. Ghaddafi was able to get the first communications satellite for the continent into space.
That singular action has created a new paradigm where phone calls and internet access are dirt cheap. This is due to the competition created by that singular action. It is already a known fact that African countries depend on a few infrastructural facilities that cater to a larger proportion of populations.
This has led to a dependence on certain types of technology. One such example of this is the dependence on mobile technologies by African countries for just about everything. This has made many people wonder what will happen if mobile networks for some reason get shut down.
While this has in many ways improved the quality of life for many it still presents one paradigm where every service can be controlled by those who own the infrastructure.
The African States can Create Solutions to their Problems
While there exists an interdependence on each other within the global technology community, African governments need to do more on allowing their startups to become an integral part of governance. Governments need to allow home-grown solutions to also be used within the various spheres of government.
This way, financial inflows from the governments will also serve as a boost for technology. Greater investments also need to be made in technology.
The investments made in natural resources and the infrastructure that is required to maintain these resources could be put in local technology that could serve as a boost.
India did this with the many policies of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi and within four decades India gained pride in place with technology. This was gotten on a global scale. African states can do this on an even faster scale.
African Solutions Should be provided to African Problems
For all the domestic problems that African states have, there must exist African solutions that solve the problems. Such solutions are often cheaper than foreign-based solutions due to the local sourcing of solutions.
This is because of the costs that are associated with foreign exchange. This reduction can also serve as an incentive to governments wishing to boost their technological base.
Africa presents the last opportunity for the adoption of new technologies. With the lowest rates of technology adoption in the world, it presents the best challenge to people who can see the future. There exists gold in the pot which is at the end of every rainbow. This pot can be found in Africa.