Ethan has just finished giving an excellent 20 minute talk on why people need to start paying attention to Africa. Not for Africa’s good alone, but for their own good as well.
One of the comments made was that the African reaspora will be the ones who rebuild Africa. Those are the Africans who have left and are now coming back with money, purpose and drive to see change happen. Binyavanga Wainaina and Helen Omwando represent that group, and are up on stage having a conversation with Ethan, discussing what is really going on.
“The default form of organization in Africa is a tribe.”
– Binyavanga Wainaina
“When you force people to use Western Union, you’re basically saying, ‘go rob this guy’.”
– Ethan explaining how having such a high profile, undistributed means of transferring money sets up the receiver of the funds as a target.
More tomorrow at the day-long event on Africa – I go on stage at 10:30 and will be talking about how mobiles are being used in Africa.