If you climb onto the roof of a building and jump down, you will not be exempted from the consequences, simply because you had never heard of Sir Isaac Newton, and the Law of Gravity.
There are a lot of people who blissfully go through life, being victims of things they could have avoided, by just acquiring better understanding about the issue.
I remember one day visiting a friend in East Africa, who was a senior government official. As we sat there, discussing current affairs, he became quite jovial about the travails on the international stock markets:
“…. here we do not have stock markets, you see. Those Western capitalists are paying for their greed.”
I did not reply, for a while, but just looked at him.
Then I said:
“… whether you like it, or not; whether you have a stock exchange or not; whether you think it was greed… The fact is you are going to be affected, because you are in a global economy.”
Not long after the price of the precious metals, they exported as a country collapsed. The so called “donor money”, became a trickle. Businesses began to shut down, children could not go to school, the hospitals had no medicine. Even the Chinese were not coming, in as many numbers anymore. My friend lost his job, in a reshuffle. Last I heard he was looking for a job, and had fallen on hard times. I hope he has now “connected the dots”.
If you are to be an effective “nation builder”, make it your business, to understand what is “really” happening in the economy, both nationally and globally. Don’t allow yourself to be a victim, through ignorance or lack of interest.
So you read about an attack in Northern Nigeria, and you said to yourself, “I live in Lesotho, here in Southern Africa, how can it possibly affect me?”
To begin with it should concern you, because those are your brothers and sisters being murdered. In fact anytime there is bloodshed, anywhere it should concern you.
It will also affect you economically… Yes, right there in Lesotho, or Togo, or Zambia, or Timbuktu..
There are laws of economics, which work just like the laws of physics. If you violate them, or ignore them, or disrespect them; it will be like facing an armed bandit!
Strive Masiyiwa is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet, a diversified global telecommunications group with operations and investments in over 15 countries. His business interests also include renewable energy, financial services, media and hospitality. Masiyiwa serves on a number of international boards, including Unilever, Rockefeller Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Advisory Board, the Africa Progress Panel, the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board for Sustainable Energy, Morehouse College, Hilton Foundation's Humanitarian Prize Jury and the Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council. He is one of the founders, with Sir Richard Branson, of the global think tank, the Carbon War Room, and a founding member of the Global Business Coalition on Education. Masiyiwa took over the Chairmanship of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) from Kofi Annan. He is also Chair of the Micronutrient Initiative, a global organization focused on ending child hunger and improving nutrition. In 2012, Masiyiwa was invited by President Obama to address leaders at the Camp David G-8 Summit on how to increase food production and end hunger in parts of Africa. In 2014, Masiyiwa was selected to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”. As a philanthropist, he is a member of the Giving Pledge, and his contributions to education, health and development have been widely recognized. Masiyiwa and his wife finance the Higher Life Foundation, which provides scholarships to over 42,000 African orphans. In 2015, he was the recipient of the International Rescue Committee’s Freedom Award and was presented with a UN Foundation Global Leadership Award for the work of the Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust, which he chairs and helped establish to fund the deployment of African healthcare workers to combat the outbreak in West Africa.View all posts by Strive Masiyiwa