Feb 24 / Naz

Bill Gates and poor Farmer in Kongo

How Can We Make Africa the New Europe?
I'm a staunch admirer of Bill and Melinda Gates. Their contributions through Microsoft have undeniably enriched our lives, yet I can't help but wish they'd flung open the doors to developers like Apple did, sparking more opportunities for those with big dreams but thin wallets.
Contrast that with Facebook. Zuckerberg's empire, built on data one'd argue was pilfered from classmates, promised to enhance our social fabric. Instead, 16 years down the line, we're staring at a generation half lost to isolation, with a disturbing spike in mental health issues among the youth. The difference isn't just stark; it's a chasm.
The Gates duo has poured fortunes into battling diseases in Africa, diseases the West has long forgotten. Noble, absolutely.
But is it enough to shift the needle towards sustainable change in Africa?
I have my doubts. Europe is aging, while Africa bursts with untapped potential.
The continent doesn't just need vaccines; it needs a revolution in education,
infrastructure, and investment and a proper governance. It needs governance that shuns corruption, upholds justice, and embraces gender equality and peace.
Can AI be the silver bullet? I'm skeptical.
Africa's salvation won't come from an app that tells a Congolese farmer his crops are healthy. It's a band-aid solution, a way for the West to ease its conscience after centuries of exploitation.
Africa's future hinges on disruptive leadership, supported genuinely by the West, not as tools for foreign agendas. Anything less is just window dressing, a superficial salve for deeper wounds.
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