The New Scramble For Africa

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Life Lessons

Things you notice about being a human being on planet earth.

  • Money is the most important thing in life, if it doesn’t make money, don’t bother with it

  • Make decisions effectively
  • Understand who your friends and Enemies
  • Understand who is helping you and hurting you, how do you know, by the results
  • There is a big difference between what we think and what is reality
  • Never lie to yourself, and fix your mistakes
  • Do things ahead of time and plan. That is the key to success
  • Most people are full of shit. They only care about themselves.

  • The rich do a lot of stuff and make a lot of rules designed  to keep poor people from making money. Why? So they can have a desperate class of people willing to do anything for them.  So beware
  • The only reason you are afraid of rejection is because you have an inflated ego
  • Being soft gets you nothing in life.
  • Learning to deal with reality is one of the major keys to improving and being successful
  • You are what you are, you are not what you could have been, or present yourself to be to the world.
  • Never share a joint account with anybody under any circumstances
  • Potential without drive means nothing, so don’t talk about potential like it means something.
  • Don’t really pay attention to advice from someone who is not where you want to be.

Three Most important things in life

Job- Source of Income

House  – Housing

Transportation – Car

How to deal with or overcome daily racists

1. If you feel that you treated bad or differently because of your color. It is important to let that person know and not just keep it to yourself.

2. Tit for tat racism. If someone is saying or doing something racist to you, sometimes it is good to do it back to make that person understand.

3. Three most offensive things to call a Black person

How to deal with name calling or insults

a. Nigger, Black devil (What is a Nigger and why are you calling me that?)

b. Monkey (What do you mean when you say I am a monkey)

c. Calling a New World Black person an African

4. Racist professor or teacher who tries to fail you. You might be only Black person in the class.

Send them a warning letter – I’m very aware, I am the only Black person in this class….

4. Being talked about in a different language they assume you don’t understand.

5. Putting racial disclaimers in jobs that ask for your picture such as

6. Never give racists a legitimate excuse to mistreat you

20 facts about China you may be shocked to know

China is rather exotic and sometimes it’s almost impossible to understand Chinese people. Maybe these 20 facts will help you understand the country better.

1. Rich people in China can hire body doubles to serve their prison sentence.

It’s a common practice in China. There is even such a saying “America has the rule of law, China has the rule of people”.

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2. China has recently overtook the US as the world’s largest economy.

However it is only related to the purchasing power of the country.

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3. 29% of San Francisco’s air pollution comes from China.

The country has serious smog and air pollution problems and shares them with the world.

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4. China has more English speakers than the United States.

It’s rather disturbing and helps to realize what an enormous amount of people live in China!

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5. A soup quite popular in China is made entirely out of eatable birds nests.

The delicacy is rather popular throughout Asia. Would you dare try it?

6. In China there is a website that lets you rent a girlfriend for as low as $31 for a week!

Already moving to China? Don’t hurry up that much, because…

7. … If the population of China walked past you, in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.

Population growth is one of the scariest stuff about China.

8. Recently, there was a man in China who burned a hole through his stomach because he enjoyed a too hot and spicy soup.

Doctors were amazed to find a hole in his stomach wall. That guy was totally in love with notoriously spicy mala soup.

9. China is building MASSIVE cities just to keep builders busy and generate growth. The result are ghost metropolis.

Is the crash eventually inevitable?

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10. A teenager in China once sold his kidney to buy an iPad.

What would happen with the boy if his new precious toy gets stolen soon after its purchase?

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11. A man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for killing and eating the last Indochinese tiger in China.

He claimed that he could not specify the animal and killed it for self-defence.

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12. Let this one be more pleasant. The beauty of Yangshuo, China, as seen from a hot air balloon.

This place is called to be one of the most beautiful on Earth.

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13. China is said to suffer from the worst brain drain in the world: 7 out of 10 students who enroll overseas never move back to live in China.

The top country where they prefer to reside is the US.

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14. Brad Pitt can never visit China, because of him acting the movie “Seven Years in Tibet.”

As well as actor David Thewlis and director of the movie Jean-Jacques Annaud.

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15. The longest traffic jam in China was 10 days and 60 miles long.

Drivers moving from Beijing to Mongolia stuck for almost 11 days in August 2010.

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16. By 2025, China will have 10 New York-sized cities.

Meanwhile the Chinese population will grow for additional 350 million people.

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17. China owns all the giant pandas in the world, any panda outside of China is being leased.

Even those cubs being just born instantly belong to China.

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18. In China, a man sued his wife for being ugly and won.

That woman had had a plastic surgery for $100,000 before she met her husband who later could not understand why their children appeared to be so ugly.  On the picture above is the whole family.

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19. In China, it is acceptable to walk into an IKEA store to relax and take a nap.

No other people of the world deserve rest as much as the Chinese ones!

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20. Because China is one of the suicide capitals of the world, they employ body fishers – People who are hired to drag dead bodies out of rivers.

Probably a sufficient percent of those self-murderers are body fishers themselves…

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Many Black American Students Missing Out on Significant Opportunities By Not Studying Abroad

Despite the fact that the benefits of studying abroad are well documented, studies revealed that only about 5 percent of the students who study abroad are Black.

Even as the programs tout educational, economic and emotional benefits, it’s clear that financial concerns and preconceived notions about studying abroad are discouraging Black students from expanding their education beyond America’s borders.

Experts in education will rarely hesitate to promote all the advantages that come with studying abroad, even if it’s just for one semester.

Studies revealed that students who study abroad typically garner a global understanding of economic issues, become well versed in a second language, take in aspects from a new culture, find new interests that could impact career choices in the future, are more likely to have a positive outlook on education and so much more.

The benefits are vast and they don’t stop with just the individual student’s well being. Students who study abroad frequently go on to maintain leadership positions that can help the advancement of their entire community.

This is precisely why experts are concerned about the low percentage of Black students actually studying abroad.

The Institute of International Education revealed that only 5 percent of the students who study abroad are Black.

This lack of global exposure for Black students could very well be a major cause of the lack of Black people in international careers and leadership positions.

Black lives matter protests didn’t just sweep America, they were sparked across the entire globe. This was a grim reminder that racism plagues Black communities all across the world and that leaders are needed on an international scale to help fight racism and push for equality even beyond America’s borders.

Studying abroad can also help Black students cut down on their expenses once they graduate.

It’s a surprising claim and something that would leave most college students scoffing in disbelief.

One of the main reasons Black students tend to stay away from studying abroad is concerns about what the international studies would mean financially.

Would they be able to afford to walk away from the job they have in the States? What about the extra income that would be needed to partake in certain experiences overseas? How would they come up with the thousands of dollars needed to even successfully enroll in a study abroad program?

The hefty fines and fees attached to studying abroad can certainly frighten students interested in the programs, but many of these students are often unaware of the scholarships and other financial aid tools that could help them pay for the trip.

The real twist in the student’s favor, however, is the fact that some countries offer secondary education at a much cheaper rate than their American counterparts.

The Atlantic points to German universities as an example. Universities in the country no longer charge tuition fees.

85With Black students often being left with significantly larger amounts to pay off in student loan debt, a more affordable option to secondary education could help lift financial burdens off students’ shoulders.

The possible economic and political advantages to getting more Black students to study abroad are noted in several studies, but some seasoned travelers say there are more benefits that aren’t necessarily quantified in numbers and statistics.

“As a black traveler, I seek liberation through exploration and find myself seeming freer, at least in mind and heart, on the road than at home,” Farai Chideya recently wrote in an article for The New York Times.

This by no means suggests that racism isn’t prevalent in other counties, but merely brings attention to the possible emotional benefits of traveling, especially for Black students.

Kenya’s Former PM Says African Continent Harmed By Morocco and Algeria’s Preference for Trade with Europe

Raila Odinga spoke on the relationship between Morocco and Algeria at the 2015 Crans Montana Forum on Africa and South-South Cooperation, held in the Moroccan southern city of Dakhla, located in the so-called Western Sahara.

Odinga said that as a result of the lack of economic cooperation between Morocco and Algeria, the two countries regard Europe as their primary economic partner, and African countries are therefore forced to import both countries’ products from Europe at high cost.

Morocco, he said, is rich in phosphates that are used in fertilizers, while Algeria has high reserves of oil and gas.

“Algeria is one of the largest providers of gas to Europe in a club that includes Russia and Norway. Morocco has almost half the world’s reserves of phosphates which are needed for fertilizer. Yet much of Africa, including my country Kenya, imports fertilizer from Europe. We could easily get it from here,” the former Prime Minister explained.

Odinga said that while the North African states consider Europe as their primary economic and diplomatic partner, they tend to view sub-Sahara Africa with little enthusiasm, especially in trade and diplomatic cooperation. “Hence, the region has products that the rest of the continent is forced to import from Europe at high costs,” Ordiga added.

Talking to Morocco World News, Odinga stated that Sub-Saharan Africa and the Maghreb “have a lot in common,” historically and economically. “But, nowadays, stronger ties between North Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa are essential for fostering economic prosperity on the continent,” he explained.

Trade should be expanded among between the Maghreb, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Europe,” he continued. “Therefore, we are calling on Europe to allow market access to goods coming from Africa to the European market. And then we can reciprocate by importing the European goods,” Odinga told MWN.

“Historically, Africa was just a market for goods coming from Europe, but if you expand the trade, then you have more opportunities,” he added.

Odinga said that that if you create greater opportunities for entry into the continent, more African youth will be gainfully employed. Otherwise, youth might risk their lives in order to get to Europe illegally.

“They won’t have to go to Europe for better opportunities. We can create opportunities in Africa, in both the Maghreb and Sub-Saharan Africa. This is a long-term solution to the problem of illegal immigration to Europe,” Odinga concluded.

Source: Morocco World News

The Power of Consistency

1. Consistency Will Eventually Payoff
It takes twenty years to become an overnight success. – Eddie Cantor

The time is going to pass; it only makes sense to be consistent while it’s passing; this way, you will have something valuable to show for the passage of your time.

Can you imagine what you could accomplish in the next 20 years with consistency? A little everyday will eventually equal…success.

2. Keep Having “Successful Days”
Every day is either a successful day, or a day of failure, and it is the successful days that get you what you want. – Wallace D. Wattles

This is one of my favorite quotes, it’s so telling, so clear. It is the successful days that turn dreams into realities. The key is to consistently have successful days.

You should also know that you can’t be consistent doing something you don’t love. Love what you do, do your best, and do it consistently, and in enough time you will succeed.

3. Consistency is a “Habit”
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle

Habit will take you further than your desires. Cultivate the habit of doing successful activities, and you will have a successful life. Successful habits separate the successful from the unsuccessful, and it’s usually just a handful of habits over the course of many years that separates the victors from the victims.

4. Make Your Course “Regular”
Look to make your course regular, that men may know beforehand what they may expect. – Francis Bacon

If your course is regular, not only will men know what to expect beforehand, but you will as well. When your actions are consistent, your future is predictable.

If you keep moving in the right direction, it’s just a matter of time before you get to your goal; that’s just plain common sense.

5. Persistence Requires Discipline
Persistence requires discipline. A person waiting for inspiration limits achievement to periods when conditions are desirable. – Dr. William G. Covington Jr.

Sometimes you have to push through the pain to get to the promise. Sometimes you have to go through before you can get to heaven. You won’t always feel inspired, but if you push through the pain, success will be yours. Thank you for reading.

In his Article Mawouna Koutonin  explains the negativities of inconsistency in his article

“We start, God finishes.”

That is the mental disease crippling progress in Africa.

People start things but never finish them. They expect God to finish their work, obeying to their order through prayers, miraculously accomplishing their wishes.

The name of the disease is “noterminutus  lazinus”.  The cause is unknown, but the main symptom is a mindset characterized by a singular way of thinking and behaving: “we don’t have time for hard work, if only someone else could do things at our place, and we only enjoy the benefits.”

With such a mindset, our people are easily excited by new ideas and projects. They would volunteer or join a project team, but once the excitement of the new idea vanishes, they would also disappear, become idle, move to something shinier, or stop responding to any call to action.

Their involvement and dedication to push the new  idea or project to become reality evaporate as fast as the light of thunder in the sky. Excuses and apologies replace actions, and nothing, and I would say nothing will ever succeed again to get them back to contribute, except an invitation to eat, drink and dance at the launch or closure ceremony.

With such a mindset it’s enough to pay lip service to a cause, and then leave it to others to make it reality. We Africans are too busy watching tv, hanging out with friends in bars, managing two or tree mistresses or girlfriends, spending countless hour on  Facebook, twitter, sleeping tree times a day, to get involved in anything. We don’t have time. We are busy. We are sick.

We all wish for change, but it’s God responsibility to make it happen. We pray, we wish, we pronounce incantations because we don’t have time for the hard work required for change. Can anyone help us doing all the hard work at our place? You know we are only Africans, poor, miserable. Just do it for us, we will chant and dance at the opening ceremony!

The disease pervades the public administration, the private sector, associations, nonprofits.

For our leaders, it’s enough for them to make loud speeches and send begging letters for humanitarian help or the IMF/World Bank.

After the speeches, it’s up to NGOs, Chinese, and whoever wish to make things a reality. Our schools are built by NGOs, our public toilets are donations from the European Union, our airports are built by foreigners, our seaports are managed by foreigners, our softwares are built and maintained by foreigners, our roads are built by foreigners, our critical infrastructures are all in hand of foreigners.

We want all these things, but you know what we don’t have time for doing it ourselves. Too much work, too much trouble, too much thinking. Let’s the foreigners do that, while we enjoy life.

In our public administrations, new buildings or equipments will be delivered but it’s up to God to do the maintenance, do the regular checkup, plan for obliteration and provision budget for renewal or new purchase. Anything which crashes or stop working is left to rot. Maintenance is a foreign mindset.

In the private sector if the work is complex, they call in the white man or some external savior. They don’t have time to think, plan and go through the pain for building something great themselves. The solution to any problem is to buy, not build, create, innovate.

In the nonprofit sector, the main competency of the leaders is to write grants request projects, and then steal 80% of any fund received, fabricate false reports and invoicing papers, then buy local journalist for fake or dubious reportage about results.

Of course, this is a large brush painting, but one can’t help but noticed abandoned building where people are still working, unmaintained materials while they people who need them are sitting next to them with tons of excuses to convince themselves it’s not their responsibility to make things change.

I surveyed my city area recently. Old building are not maintained, repainted regularly, or refurbished. Only new building shines. if you’d wait few years later these new buildings will be no different from those unmaintained ones. Kids inherit the houses from parents, but they won’t carry on the work of their fathers. they will only see them slowly rot or dilapidated.

if a project is larger than our lifespan we don’t start it.That disease alone is the main cause of our pitiful conditions.

Generational build up is nonexistent.
Each generation comes and repeat the errors of their fathers, ignore lessons learned, abandon the foundations built, and start from zero again.

We are going nowhere with such a mindset. This my rant mood, keep reading, because you have to.

We need a new mindset.
The new mindset we need is the one of “no excuses” attitude and environment. When we start something we finish it. We don’t give up when things become difficult. We have a code of honor. when we give our word, we commit to achieve no matter what. We build up by carrying on the work our fathers and grandfathers with honor and dignity. We keep preciously the book of lessons learned from our ancestors. We pride ourselves because we are the best in the world in what we do. Excuses are for losers and we are Africans, descendants of the pyramids builders.

We have fallen, but it’s time we resurrect.

Maybe there is nothing we could to with the current generation, but we have to make sure the old diseases does not infect the new generations. We have the duty to plant the seeds of a change we would not see.

Ok, If you are not too old to change, this a call for you, finish what you have started. Respect your words, deliver on your commitment. Be an example for the new generation.

As opposed to confusion consistency is one of the strongest personality traits that a person can have,

Consistency is needed to develop our habits and strengths.

“If you can’t convince them, confuse them”

Not confused, not naive equals strength