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(America): When Slots For Illegals Are Eliminated, America Will Have More Slots For the World's Best, Brightest, and Exceptionally Talented To Immigrate and Renew America.

How should America treat it's illegal immigrants? The Biden pick for Health and Human Services nominee wants illegals to be given Medicaid.

And this is what we think is wrong with American immigration, and one that should be overhauled. Australia for instance, processes Illegals, assylum seekers and refugees in the far off island of Papua New Guinea.

In America meanwhile, illegals are being processed at the border patrol, and it gets even worse, in the Biden administration, assylum seekers will be allowed to travel to the United States as they await the results of their assylum application.

This Biden administration move in championing for illegals, assylum seekers, and refugees has made immigrant caravans all the way from Africa, Honduras, and Haiti begin to travel by foot to the United States border.

When there are so many illegals in America, the burden will be on the American taxpayer to provide them with food stamps and unemployment benefits. Besides, illegal immigrants decrease the slots for the legal immigrants that the United States truly needs. It's why we think that immigration should be overhauled, to increase slots for the best and brightest, and those with exceptional talents that will prepare America for the next phase of growth in the industrial internet of things (IIoT), smart hardware, Fintech, carbon materials, and such fancied fields, which America is struggling to hold on to the global lead.

China and India alone produce two Thirds of the world's PhDs, China has two million engineers. That's what's at stake for America. When the illegals are eliminated, the slots for H1-B Visas, how the most talented foreign workers will be increased ten fold, of course with safeguards so that large businesses cannot use the H1-B Visa as an excuse for paying poor American workers low salaries.

To be black and be a capitalist, and a Republican, is not an anomaly. An incompatibility sort of.

We wish golfing legend Tiger Woods quick recovery in the Los Angeles accident. But here is our proposition regarding the incident.

The next chapter in the American Civil rights movement is the availing of business capital and entrepreneurship to blacks and Latinos. African Americans don't have have to make wealth in their " traditional strong fields" like sports and entertainment".

They can make wealth solving the toughest challenges that plague America and the world. They can wildly be successful creative genius entrepreneurs. The job of diversity and inclusion is supposed to make blacks be included in the former white spaces in powerful jobs, but blacks shouldn't be a tick in the box. An affirmative action hire or elite college admittee. A racial justice issue.

Moreover, the smartest blacks now don't attend historically black Colleges like Howard or Morehouse but now attend the Ivy League and Uber Private colleges like Harvard, Duke, and Yale, then go on to work in Wall Street, representing a brain drain on the African American community when a struggling black business would have needed their talents.

And since small businesses are the primary employers, it means all this black talent that is being lost to Wall Street and Silicon Valley as a diversity and inclusion issue, an affirmative action hire is going to waste in that the kith and kin these bright black youngsters left behind have no businesses to hire them.

And I know Booker T Washington, a Republican by ideology, the first African American to visit the White House, was shamed for acting white when he said that rather than confronting white supremacists directly, blacks should aim for great careers and entrepreneurship. But nothing could be further from the truth.

And another African American leader, Marcus Garvey, said blacks fail because they don't have a capitalistic system that support them. He was wealth shamed for having a publishing company, media house, real estate and a ship which he hoped would transport all black people back to Africa.

But essentially, to be black and to be capitalist shouldn't be an opposite dichotomy. Likewise, to be black and be Republican should also likewise not be an incompatibility. Because where has the freebies of the Democrats taken blacks? They are at the exact same place where the slave emancipation proclamation left them. Someone said the biggest threat of a black is a white liberal, because they act so sweet without really meaning it, and it couldn't be further from the truth.

Social Byte: Is Colorism deep among people of colour?

The simple definition of colorism is that it's where members with a lighter skin among people of color are treated better than their darker skin colleagues of the same race.

Although it's most prevalent in the black race, it's not confined to it alone. An advert in a French billboard paints a successful French parent as one where a successful black male is married to a biracial or light skinned black.

In India, you wouldn't know that half their population is darker skinned from watching Indian Bollywood movies as all the acting gigs go to the light skinned Indians and not the untouchable dark skinned dalites. 

This has of course spawned a lucrative bleaching creams as blacks, especially females want to be light skinned and upgrade their social status. 

Does Writing Really Pay That Much. Can it Be a Full Time Career, Especially in Africa.

The joke is that one of the ways for you to die a poor man or woman for that matter is to take up writing as a full time career. As a weekly columnist for the Star Newspaper in Kenya, the third in the market daily, I got paid $30 per weekly column of 350 words. Granted, one could say that pay is too much for just 350 words. But it is the quality that matters, not the word count. And I knew I had worked on my craft well, and so I felt shortchanged.

Again, I wrote a 12 page educational advertorial pull out for the same Star Newspaper Kenya, I got paid $100, even as they made $50,000 from the same pull out in advertisements.

Coincidentally, one of their former radio girls come come Group Marketing Manager responsible for those advertisements in my pull out is also dabbles up as a motivational speaker and goes around telling young impressionable girls that you have the same 24 hours as me, or as Bill Gates. So, why doesn't she start with paying people their fair dues first?

I had done much research and knew that as a weekly Columnist for the Telegraph, Boris Johnson, the current Prime Minister of Britain, was getting $250,000 a year pay, that is $5,000 a week, just for scribbling a few quality words a week.

I also knew of a weekly technology columnist in The Wall Street Journal that got paid a million dollars a year for a weekly column, that is $20,000. I'm interested in that especially because I did Mechanical Engineering for my Bachelors Degree.

So, why doesn't writing pay in Africa. The reason is simply we haven't professionalised the creative scene, that is writers, singers, actors, et al. It is still a buyers market. They set the price. We follow along. And that needs to change if our kind is going to take up writing as a full time career rather than a side hustle.

Monday, 30 November 2020

Corona Has Brought Edtech and Remote Working Closer to Reality.

The delivery apps are doing well because of the corona pandemic. But what if corona subsides. What's the fate of the delivery apps?

I think remote working and Edtech apps are here to stay partly because the residential experience of education and the remote workplace will be replicated in online spaces with technologies such as 3D augmented reality.

Sunday, 29 November 2020

As more and more wealth is being created, less and less high quality jobs are being created.

The mobile app economy has minted trillions for shareholders, but unfortunately, it hasn't created as many jobs. 

With average billion dollar app company employing 20 employees, billion dollar software company employed 500 employees, billion dollar industrial company employed 20,000 employees, and the billion dollar farm employed practically the whole world- figuratively.

This is not really a repudiation of the app industry, but just a concern. May be apps 2.0 economy of internet of things (IoT), and smart hardware will fare better as regards high skilled quality job creation.

Zoom Conferencing is just the first step in our lives moving online. 3D augmented reality will be the real deal.

Edtech and remote working are the in thing. What will really be the clincher is 3D augmented reality which will make the person across the screen appear to be in the same physical space as us.

For that would eliminate the zoom screen fatigue that is the problem with today's technology.

Saturday, 28 November 2020

How the richest family in the world accumulated $500 trillion dollars.

Why is the most saintly child in the family the one without a job. The one who us sick. Why does the best employee get the worst boss. The best employer gets the worst employee. The wonderful husband gets the evil woman. And the wonderful woman gets the worst husband. Summation of all these displacements of life force energies comes to $500 trillion dollars, the wealth of the richest family in the world.

With the current duopoly, small firms are being formed not to innovate but solely to be bought out by a big company.

The way big tech is amalgamating soon, there will just be a handful of companies producing all the world's products and services.

And the bad thing with this duopoly is that small firms will not be innovating with bringing great products and services to the market but rather they will be formed with the intent to be bought by a big tech company.

With Libra cryptocurrency, Facebook is set to make a fortune.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg visited Kenya in 2018 to learn about Kenya's mobile money transfer platform MPESA, and we should expect that Libra could have some component of mobile money transfer, this is the only way for Facebook to make money in all the markets it has presence in, especially India where the tech giant has the largest number of users, 400 million, but makes next to nothing in the country.

Friday, 27 November 2020

What if Facebook and Twitter introduced a Revenue Sharing Formular with It's Most Followed Contributors.

Just a wild suggestion. What if Facebook ( and Twitter obviously) introduced an ad revenues sharing formula with billions of it's users. And cap it off at 100,000 likes or followers for Twitter's case.


 There was a suggestion that sometime back that Facebook would allow the likes of New York Times to publish articles directly on Facebook instead of sharing links(only a few people click on links on Facebook) but this seems to have come to a cropper. 

Foxconn which makes Apples iPhones, has some strict slave work conditions.

 There have been suicides at Foxconn due to strict almost slave work conditions as reported by BBC some few years ago. Which just means behind every great fortune is a great crime, figuratively.

Thursday, 26 November 2020

For the Harvards and Stanford's of the world it's a thin line between preserving their brand versus democratising their education.

What the Victorian Industrial age education did great was to credentialise education. Let's face it,someone could self study just about anything in the world.

But the university degree is priced because it formalises education and proves you actually attended class and learnt something and have the tenacity to learn quicker and faster, which is what college grades are all about. It isn't about competence or skills acquisition which is acquired in the workplace.

But the thing is that it the knowledge expires the moment the degree is conferred and so, learning would now be life long especially as new areas and niches like internet of things (IoT), 3D Printing, and biotech become mainstream.

For that Harvard and Stanford's of the world, they have to walk a fine line between democratising education and preserving their exclusive brand. 

Google moved from a disruptor start up company to very quickly become an establishment company and then a monopoly.

A democracy very quickly moves to an establishment, to an oligopoly, to a dictatorship, to a monarchy. This also applies in business. 

For Google is perhaps the quickest company in history to move from a disruptor start up to an establishment to an oligopoly to a monopoly. 

And like an effective democracy needs a shake up every so often, so too do we need a shakeup in the online spaces as power is consolidating to only a few players such that now Google is even more powerful than say Germany.

An Interesting Perspective. "Why I don't hire people with bad grammar."

There was a great article in Havard Business Review, "Why I don't hire people with bad grammar".

Though the author of this article runs a company that writes technical manuals for companies, so grammar is in his domain, he wasn't far off the point, for writing, like programming, is all about prose. 

And the ability to differentiate between it's and its , or there, their and they're is important in writing as closing a loop in programming.

US preaches free markets, but when it's on the receiving end, it prefers protectionism.

 The US preaches free markets but when It's on the receiving end, it changes tune and prefers protectionism? What of Facebook, Twitter and Google that collect information throughout the world? 

I'm not saying China is not guilty of spying, privacy infringement and epsionage, but the US is no saint in this, as the numerous regulatory bodies in the European Union (EU), have come hard on the Google's and Facebook's of this world.

It's hard to police the digital company of today since it's borderless, while the Industrial company was within a territory.

France wanting to tax any digital company that has 750 million Euros in global revenues and 25 million Euros in France shows that there isn't infrastructure yet that can police the super tech giants.

The nation-state of today was made for the Victorian age industrial company, not the borderless digital company of today.

The war for talent is really pegged on identifying the next big star. And Talent Managers Get it wrong often.

Picking out a block buster winner from the chuff is a rare trait. Turning down a seed round of a potentially billion dollar company isn't quite an anomaly. And every industry has those misteps. 

Like Harvard rejecting a future President or a future Nobel Prize winning Physicist. Or a soccer agent missing out on the next Diego Maradona (may his soul rest in peace) or Messi or Pele. 

But there are a few exceptions that know how to pick winners. For instance former Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger had a knack for identifying raw talent and then selling them at out of this world prices.

Or even Anderseen one of the pioneer investors at Facebook. (From The social network movie.)

How 3D Augmented Reality Could Eliminate Zoom Fatigue.

 This Technology can hopefully also apply to 3D augmented reality where the person across the screen will seem as if they are within the same physical space as us so as to eliminate zoom fatigue that is making online education and remote working very difficult.

Smart Hardware, Internet of Things, and 3D printing will bring back wealth to Mechanical Engineers.

Smart hardware, Internet of Things (IoT), composite materials, 3D printing, (Which will usher in the age of mass customisation) will bring back jobs from low skilled countries to high skilled countries.

And more fundamentally, Mechanical Engineers can have their day too, as for now it's been electrical and computer science geeks that have had a field day.

The Internet economy was built for the Globalised world. But Governments are still in the Nation-State Model. Therein lies the difference.

The bone of contention is that the internet economy is built for the globalisation. But world governments are still built for the Industrial nation-state. Therein lies the conflict.

One known tech company has $200 billion dollars in cash reserves in a European safe tax haven, which would fill eleven Olympic size swimming pools. But it can't repatriate this cash to the US since it would be taxed. So, this tech giant relies on bank loans for some of it's internal operations.

As Trillions of dollars are being created, less and less jobs are being created.

The billion dollar farm was almost unheard of. But it could employ the whole world, figuratively.

Then came the billion dollar industrial company that could employ 20,000 and provide great middle class jobs that could sustain families, towns and cities.

Then the billion dollar software company that could employ 500 high skilled programs.

Then the billion dollar app, that employed ten employees, all Uber private and Ivy League caliber.

Which just means as more and more wealth is being created, less and less jobs are being created, and great inequalities is manifest as a result.

Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Diversity and Inclusion shouldn't be just about race and gender inclusion but rather about class and experiences as well.

Diversity and Inclusion is the new corporate social responsibility and PR for all the big Fortune 500 companies. 

But diversity isn't just about race or skin color or gender for that matter. Since quite often, the diversity and inclusion hires are from the same elite class as white males.

And then there is the underbelly that goes into it as well. Like the Bill Clinton era affirmative action hires, blacks, latinx and women could come across as "diversity" hires rather than merit hires.

Which is why Asian American lobby groups have severally sued Harvard and peer Institutions for suppressing their numbers since they claim admission officers view them as boring Pre Med track students while blacks and latinx get in with lower marks but have a sob story that acts as a hook.

If an online service is free, then you are the product.

As they say in online spaces, if an online service is free, then you are the product.

For intelligence agencies, it's all about spying. For information mechants like Google or Facebook, it's all about catering to big scale advertisers, and tracing your footprints so they can serve you ads that might induce you to buy/visit the webpage.

Copyrighting, patenting, trademarking aren't top priority for small businesses and minorities but they should.

Generally, patenting, trademarking, Copyrighting aren't a small and medium business priority since there are huge legal costs involved. 

And while Law is a post graduate professional degree in the US, so such specialised lawyers as patent lawyers are plenty, in my part of the world there aren't.

Just as it is small businesses that lack innovation because of no legal protection, it is also the predicament of minorities and people of color breaking into mainstream of innovation.

MIT first student government President Danielle Geathers said in an interview that she wants to study patent law to plug in the racial Innovation gap.

If Edtech replicates the residential experience of schools, we could see pretty big disruptions.

Edtech is just the first step in education disruption. MOOCS, Coursera etc will disrupt the education market in never before seen ways.

If edtech is able to replicate the residential experience of schools, colleges, and universities, then we could witness some real tumbling down of the Victorian age education systems across the world. 

The only reason that elite IITs (India), Peiking (China), Ivy League Universities (US), Oxbridge( UK), Ecole(France), fail to move wholly online is because they fear their brand name credential is going to be diluted. Nothing else.

Next to death being the greatest equaliser, the internet is a close second.

An Indian pundit argues that next to death being the greatest equaliser, the internet is a close second.

Allowing the rural Indian/African grade/primary school pupil to have the same access to information as a high flying Harvard professor.

However, these nationalistic wars just make internet unaffordable and expensive.

A Billion Dollars Industrial Company was huge. But now, it's only a ten employee company.

The number of unicorns that are not reporting any revenues is alarmingly high. That is Casino economics. Isn't that stealing money from the traditional brick and mortar economies? 

Just think about it. A billion dollars industrial company during America's Glory days employed no less than 20,000 employees with sane middle class careers that supported families, towns, and cities. 

Everyone from the grade two drop out to a PhD graduate had a place in that billion dollars industrial company( before they all went to China). But now a billion dollars unicorn company only employs ten highly skilled graduates. Building inequalities like never seen before.

Entrepreneurs, like Leaders, can be studied, but it can't be taught.

Wouldn't it be great to see business school grads churning out companies instead of becoming hedge fund managers.

I'm reminded of when founder and chairman of FedEx Fred Smith presented his MBA thesis for FedEx, he got an average C, but the market vindicated his idea.

Do internet giants become (Newspaper Stands) platforms or Publishers.(Newspapers)

Facebook, as Twitter, as YouTube, have to navigate the fine line between becoming a newspaper stand (platform), versus becoming the newspaper itself (publisher).

There is a very thin line between guarding Hatespeech, versus stifling diversity of thoughts.

Future of paid media online content.

The advertising model for online content isn't just working and paid subscription is the way to go. 

But the irony is that whereas it is the celebrity and political base emotion topics that get users to click on a story( clickbaits), it is precisely these topics that readers will never pay for. 

Because there are gazillions of people with Social media accounts/blogs that will supply this content. 

So, in a nutshell, then just like a child bitter medicine that is needed for her to heal, you add sugar to the medicine as you pound it with a little water addition. 

Which just means that the celebrity and political gossip base news could drive up the numbers but then have content for subscription that is in niche topics like business, finance, tech, and science that is paywalled for subscription.

Elon Musk could usher us into the age of planetary and inter galactic travel.

Science fiction will pretty much be realised when one day someone would live in Jupiter but work in planet Earth. 

Planetary travel or even inter galactic travel seems far fetched, but remember even the steam engine invented at University of Edinburgh seemed far fetched. Plus the internet before Tim Bernes Lee of the European center for particle Physics (CERN), created the hyper text mark up language (HTML) that made it possible for the internet use to become widespread. 

Of which I think he should have been a trillionare by charging royalties on all these billion dollar internet companies. 

Or even a skyscraper building seemed far fetched until the middle ages.

The college drop out billionare is a myth. Mid 40s to 50s is the perfect age for start up launch.

Where did the myth of the successful super billionare college drop out come from. Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates are good for selling magazines, but they are the exception rather than the rule. 

Because every story I read here on techcrunch, almost all founders have had an experience before launching something. Mid 40s to 50s seems to be the perfect age to launch a successful start up.

And in any case, success these days seems to be previledged rather than acquired. Since for Mark Zuckerberg Philips Exeter Academy has a billion dollars in endowment, beating all universities in Africa, and almost all universities in America except Ivy League and it's peer Institutions. Such that the English department at Philips Exeter is as stimulating it better than the English department at Harvard.

3D Augmented reality will be the real cracker in our lives moving to online spaces.

Zoom Conferencing is only the baby steps in our lives going into online spaces. The real deal will be 3D augmented reality where the person across the screen will look and feel as though they are with us in the same physical space.

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

TV was never free. Radio was never free. So, why does legacy media think that they can make content free but paid for by online advertising.

TV was never free. Radio was never free. But somehow, traditional media thought they could offer online content for free, and I'm yet to see one that has succeeded with online advertising as it's business model. 

The celebrity and Political base emotion drive up online traffic, but it's not what sustains a media house. It's the boring but necessary business, finance and tech insights that drive up subscription. 

Which means online media should be two tier. Offer the celebrity and political innuendos and gossip for free, then firewall the real deep insights for subscription and revenues. Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and lately New York Times seem to be heading in this direction.

What becomes of oil dependent countries if we are all to go way of electric cars?

At $500 billion dollars, Tesla is now more valuable than Toyota. The only challenge is that big oil corporations and even countries will pay lobbysts so that oil fueled cars are still the dominant players. 

Whole Middle East economies will lose badly if we are to all go the way of electric cars.

What will become of Saudi Arabia petroleum revenue economy of which Saudi Aramco is the world's most profitable company at $110 billion dollars, or Nigeria where other sectors died the day oil was discovered? 

Smart hardware, Internet of Things(IoT), and finance are colliding real fast. And soon, Mechanical Engineers will also have a field day.

Hardware, software, finance amalgamation is happening real fast. The three industries will collide in smart hardware and internet of things (IoT) and Mechanical engineers would also soon start having billion dollar start ups pretty soon as opposed to currently when only computer and IT scientists seem to be having a field day.

How can a unicorn be valued at a billion dollars yet not have any revenues, let alone profits.

Today's unicorn could be worth a billion dollars, yet not have any revenue stream, let alone profits. Isn't that stealing money from the real industrial economy.

Monday, 23 November 2020

Google grew by word of mouth. But irony is that advertising by big multinationals of shady products is it's cash cow.

Google very quickly turned from a start up to an established company. But increasingly, the irony is that while Google grew solely by word of mouth, it's cash cow is in advertising mostly by brands that want to maintain market dominance at all costs, even when the product or service is shady.

Online platforms like Facebook and YouTube must choose between being platforms or being publishers. They can't be both.

Instead of being newspaper stands, online platforms now have become newspapers themselves. 

The tragedy of today is that platforms are turning into publishers by employing fact checkers to determine which content is false, hate and conspiracy theory. The moderators themselves have nuances and biases owing to their experiences.

So, Snapchat, Facebook , tik tok must choose whether they are platforms in the newspaper stand way, or be publishers as newspapers themselves. They can't be both.

Not marketing your business is like winking to someone in the dark, they'll never notice.

They say not marketing your business is like winking at someone in the dark. They'll never notice.

Unfortunately, the clicks obsessed online advertising platforms are just too expensive and burn cash too fast, even when they don't lead to sales conversions.

90 percent of businesses collapse within the first three years. And here's how we can correct this anomaly.

Statistics show that 90 percent of small businesses fail within the first three years. Primarily because of lack of record keeping and lack of cash flows. It is great that sleek is stepping into the small business sector to correct this anomaly.

Since primarily, while big companies take credit for employment, it is actually small businesses that employ about 80 percent of the world.

For big pharma, it's all about managing the condition but not eliminating it, since a cured patient is a lost client.

For big pharma it's all about profits over intent. Which means just like the money is in computer virus updates rather than complete elimination of the computer Virus.

Think about Covid 19 vaccine certificate being a requirement for travelling abroad, then you get how staggering the revenues for big pharma will be. In other words, manage the condition but don't eliminate it.


Despite the rhetoric and trade wars, both China and the US need each other.

Both China and US need each other. China needs the US for capital inflows, and markets, while America needs China for market expansion, and for buying off it's debts. Thus making China- US relationship the largest venture capital relationship in the world.

Sunday, 22 November 2020

CHIEF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION OFFICER- The Future of the hottest job in America right now.

One of the hottest jobs right now in America is the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. But that diversity is only on race and ethnicity, not class and experiences diversity.




Saturday, 21 November 2020

In refusing to accept defeat, Trump America is Africa 2.0


 

Friday, 20 November 2020

Information merchants, and not gold or diamonds merchants, are the new kings of the world. How is Africa positioned for this paradigm shift.

Africa is going to leapfrog the world, but if and only if, we utilise our intellectual capital. Knowledge and ideas are the new drivers of economies. 

Billionare Information merchants like Mark Zuckerberg are now more powerful than even the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. And for Africa, we should be having one information merchant super star company after another.

Thursday, 19 November 2020

The Future of Human Resources in Africa and the world.

In the 1980s, the hiring department was known as Personell Department. But it evolved to Human Resources, then Human Capital Manager where skilled labour is now capital like machine. 

But in 2010s, it evolved into Talent Manager position, where it is even more important than the CEO.

Aid to Africa is not throwing money into bottomless pit. But is necessary as it saves lives, argues Bill Gates.

Bill Gates called Dr. Dambisa Moyo ideas on aid (she argues aid to Africa breeds corruption and dependency) as stupid, and unfounded, since aid saves lives.

In her "Dead Aid" book, Zambian Economist Dr. Dambisa Moyo argues that aid to Africa breeds corruption and dependency.

In her book, "Dead Aid", Zambian economist Dr Dambisa Moyo argues that aid that was given to the West, " The Marshall Plan" was targeted and structured. 

But the aid the rich countries give Africa is like throwing money into a bottomless pit. No tangible outcomes economically except breeding corruption and dependency.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame is two sided in dealing with the West. He embraces their ideas economically, but discards their ideas politically.

The Rwandan President Paul Kagame is two sided in his dealings with the West. He loathes the West politically, but embraces their ideas economically. Like strategy guru Michael E Porter.

Give voters a civic test, argues Zambian globally acclaimed economist, Dr. Dambisa Moyo.

Zambian Economist Dr. Dambisa Moyo argues in her book "Edge of Chaos" that voters need to undergo a civic test before they vote. Because most voters don't grasp the weight of their decisions on the polling booths. Leading to a rule by mob anarchy.

Study shows that an African migrant to the US contributes 40 times more to the US economy than to her native country.

A Kenyan academic, Prof. Nick Wanjohi argues that an African migrant to the United States contributes 40 times more to the US economy than to her native country.

 So, Africa would still be poor even if the remittances from our migrants abroad increased by the trillions of dollars. In short, what Africa really needs are ideas and investments from our diaspora. Not really physical money.

Marcus Garvey, the eminent Pan Africanist believed that capitalism and being an African liberator aren't diametrically opposed to each other.

Marcus Garvey came under fire from black leaders due to his business interests. That he was a capitalist. But Capitalism is not diametrically opposed to being an African. 

For even in pre colonial  days, there were Africans who had thousands of cattle. But they held the wealth in trust for the community, not like today's society where wealth hoarding is rampant.

Philanthropy shouldn't be a preserve of whites only. There are thousands of dollar millionares in Africa and do absolutely nothing for Africa.

Philanthropy isn't something that should be left for white do gooders only like Bill Gates. There are at least 10,000 dollar millionares in Africa. Why should the African Leadership Academy have whites as benefactors while it is an institution that aims to train the next generation of African leaders? We would rather buy property in Dubai or go to holiday in Maldives, rather be invested in the future of Africa. 

American comedian Chris Rock says that for a black Professional to live in his near all white suburb, she not only needs to be a dentist, but invent teeth as well.

American comedian Chris Rock lays out bear the race inqualities in America, albeit comically. He says that in his near all white suburb neighbourhood, there are only three blacks, all celebrities. 

The whites hold normal middle class jobs like dentist, accountant, lawyers, IT gurus et al. Chris Rock says for a black professional to live in his neighbourhood suburb, she not only needs to be a dentist, but invent teeth as well.

It took white validation before Obama was accepted by the black community. Iowa, a 95 percent white state, voted for Obama en masse in the Democratic caucas in 2008 before blacks followed suit.

 In 2007 when Obama was trailing Hillary Clinton by 20 points, the black community in America hadn't fully accepted him. But as soon as Iowa, a state that is 95 percent white voted for Obama, black Americans followed Obama. Meaning that blacks still need white van to be considered great by Africans.

Hillary Clinton wasn't initially pro black as she suggested that civil rights gains for black Americans was due to benevolence of President Lyndon B Johnson.

At her height when she was fiercely against Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton said the civil rights gains for blacks in America wasn't as a result of black people struggle but more out of benevolence of President Lyndon B Johnson.

The African American is an African without memory and an American without previledge.

Because her history begins when the slave ships docked in America, the African American doesn't know her history of a millennia of triumph of black people. And because she isn't invited to the table of white previledge, the African American is an African without memory, and an American without previledge.

The African American is caught between the white saviour complex of the Democrats, and the openly racist Trump Republican Party.

The Tokenism of Obama and Kamala Harris is the undoing of the Democratic Party of US. For like the NGO in Africa, it addresses the problem but it never solves the problem once in office.

 Since this would upend their business model in Africa, and or remove emotional appeal for votes. Such that the African American is caught between the saviour complex of Democrats and the openly racist Trump Republican Party.

Aliko Dangote is definitely not the richest African. African politicians are way richer than him.

Even though Forbes magazine ranks Aliko Dangote as Africa's richest man, they just haven't done their research well. For African Presidents are way richer than Aliko Dangote. 

For instance, according to the secretive Panama Papers, Joseph Kabila, former President of DR Congo is worth $18 billion.

To kill off a race without firing a single shot, starve the strong. Feed the weak.

To kill off a race without firing a single shot, feed the weak; the useless idea poverty politicians. Conversely, to kill off a race without firing a single shot, starve the strong. The inventors. Innovators. Thinkers. Dreamers. Idea pilgrim entrepreneurs.

While white nerd and white celebrity are evenly matched, the black nerd is barely known compared to the black celebrity.

While white nerds and white celebrities are evenly matched like Taylor Swift and Bill Gates, the black nerd is barely known as compared to the black celebrity. 

Such that at Harvard, it is the white nerd Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg that are invited to give the commencement address, while it is the black celebrity, Oprah Winfrey that is invited to give the Commencement address.

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Museveni arrest of Bobi Wine just shows that the big man African President never knows how to leave the stage at his finest hour.

Museveni's arrest of Bobi Wine shows that the big man syndrome is still an ever present phenomenon in Africa. The African big man President never knows when to exit the stage at his finest hour when the clapping from the audience is loudest.

They wait until the clapping of the audience has stopped, and the audience has already left the auditorium for them to know the ground has shifted.

A black founder has to have a white partner on board to get funding of a million dollar plus. A report by Guardian newspaper shows.

A report by the guardian newspaper shows that for a black founder to get funding of a million dollars plus, he needs to have a white partner on board. And not only that, she needs to have been to a white space aka Harvard/Stanford pedigree.

How is it that Ethiopia and Liberia were never colonised yet they are as underdeveloped as they come? This just gives ammunition to the White Supremacist.

We must really ask ourselves as Africans some very pertinent questions. How is it that Ethiopia and Liberia were never colonised yet they are as underdeveloped as they come. And Africa most diversified economy is White Monopolised Capital controlled South Africa. 

This just gives more ammunition to the white supremacist that Africans can't govern themselves. Or more succinctly, trust Africans to make a fine mess of themselves.

Because of huge debts that China lends to African countries, it may soon colonise Africa without firing a single shot.

Without firing a single shot, China may colonise Africa. It is saddling African governments with loans that even our grandchildren will not be able to pay off. And the sad thing is that this debt ends up in a few well connected individuals pockets, as such there isn't any visible project that the Chinese loans are funding.

The Afro Carribean George Padmore believed, almost to an embarrassing degree, that Kwame Nkrumah would be the one to liberate the black race.

The Afro Carribean George Padmore believed so much, even to an embarrassing degree that Kwame Nkrumah would be the one to liberate Africa. 

Although he didn't live to see that dream, for Kwame Nkrumah young government would be overthrown by a CIA led coup. But the hopes of Nkrumah are still alive.

The challenge for African employers is whether to hire more staff at low pay, or increase salaries of current staff. Why not both?

The former CEO of Nation Media Group, Linus Gitahi says that the challenge for African employers is whether to pick more from the streets, or to increase the current measly pay of their staff, so that they are better able to cope with inflationary pressures and increased cost of living.

Irony is as outsiders see Africa's potential, Africans themselves don't see hope in Africa.

Africa is the next frontier. It is the Virgin untapped territory. It has a billion plus population. It is twice the size of the United States. Twice the size of China. 

But the irony is that as foreigners see the potential of Africa, Africans don't see a hope for themselves in Africa. And end up dying in the Mediterranean Sea. Or doing odd jobs in the West even as they hold several degrees.

"Without Africa, France would be a Third World Country."- Jacques Chirac.

"Without Africa, France would be a Third World Country. "- Former French President Jacques Chirac. This explains the neo colonial policies of the France towards Africa. 

Even though France ended it's neo colonial policy of requiring it's former colonies in Africa to deposit 50 percent of their Treasury reserves in the French Central Bank, worth $500 billion, France came back and is now involved in the West African common currency, the Eco. 

Square Kilometers Array Project will mimic conditions when earth was formed, and expose our young brilliant minds to our cutting edge technology.

The Square Kilometer array project, SKA, is a billion dollars project, where thousands of radio telescopes will be put in the desert parts of South Africa to mimic early conditions when the universe was formed. 

This will increase the vitality of science in Africa, since our young scientists and engineers don't have exposure to cutting edge technology that will spur creativity and innovation in Africa. The radio telescopes will be built in at least eight countries.

Among Jews, money changes hands eighteen times before it leaves. But among blacks, due to consumerism, money leaves as soon as it lands.

Among Jews, money changes hands at least eighteen times before it leaves the race. By hiring their own, buying from their own, or even marrying their own. But within the black race, due to consumerism, money leaves as soon as it lands. And that's why wealth often doesn't often stay within the black race.

As African media chase the all star ratings like Reality TV, Celebrity and political gossip, serious issues affecting Africa are pushed to a small side column "In Other News".

African media have what we call "BAROMETER" which essentially means can your story be discussed in a bar. Can it be a fireside chat. That's how the deepest issues that plague Africa are either thrown out or are included in the small side bar of " In Other News".

African media is run by profiteer, not by men and women who are truly invested in the future of Africa.

African media is run by profiteers who regard media as one checklist item in their profit portfolio. It isn't run by towering Afro centrists that want to project Africa 50 years into the future. For instance, East African leading media Nation Media Group hasn't had a journalist as CEO ever since the 1970s. And you wonder why the African agenda isn't progressing.

Meanwhile, on the board of right wing Fox News sits influential American, Paul Ryan.

Media in Africa needs to pander to audience halfway, then also elevate their audiences halfway.

Veteran Kenyan journalist Philip Ochieng says that it is not his job to pander to the audience, but rather, it is the audience to rise to his level. This he said as readers of Sunday Nation asked him to tone down on his complex writing.

 I would like to assuage that Philip Ochieng is half correct. Because you need to pander to the audience halfway, and then also elevate them halfway.

Family Businesses in Africa collapse with death of founder. A great inter generational wealth loss.

Most family businesses in Africa collapse once the founder is no more. Representing a great loss in inter generational wealth transfer. Meanwhile, about ten percent of family businesses in Japan are 200 years and older.

Is Actuarial science and Financial Engineering really marketable in Africa. They seem too far ahead of their time in Africa.

Some university courses were introduced in African Universities without the right research and framework being undertaken. For instance, Actuarial science and Financial Engineering. 

Actuarial science is all about insurance which isn't developed so much in Africa. Or Financial Engineering is about trading in derivatives and the capital markets aren't that developed in Africa.

Mauritius is a great African success story. But black creoles occupy the lowest strata in the economic food chain.

Even though Mauritius has the enviable tag of having the highest per capita incomes in Africa, the often overlooked story in Mauritius great rise is that the black Creoles occupy the lowest strata in the economic food chain.

Mandela wasn't factual when he said he has fought against both white and black domination.

When Mandela said he has fought against white domination just as he has fought against black domination, he wasn't being factual for nowhere in the world, even in Africa, do blacks ever dominate.

The greatest African prophets are trapped. And can never be elected to public office in Africa.

The greatest Africans are trapped. Either in biracial bodies. Or their minds have the best solutions for what ails Africa, but have low energy or even boring and cannot win elections. So, only gangsters get elected in Africa. 

And that's how the $21 trillion economy of Africa was shipped off and we were left with just $2 trillion without a single shot being fired.

Africans work for the best companies in the world. The Microsofts, Facebooks, Twitter of this world. Yet, there aren't African versions of these companies. We have talent, but not systems to nurture and blossom it.

The fact that there are African project managers and coders at Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Twitter, yet there aren't African versions of these companies shows that Africa has the talent but minus systems to ensure this talent blossoms at the global stage.

Digital colonialism of Africa is real. We don't have our own giant internet platforms.

How do we combat digital colonialism in Africa? As internet giants turn from platforms to publishers, with third party fact checkers, digital colonialism will be real. In China, baidu.com is their internet search engine, not Google. Weibo is their Twitter and Facebook. When will Africa follow suit? Tik tok is their snapchat.

Are some African countries too small and weak to stand on their own two feet?

Sudanese Briton billionare Mo Ibrahim, who made his fortune in the telecoms sector, by investing in Celtel, sold to Zain, and then Airtel, says many countries in Africa are small and can't stand on their own two feet. Subliminally, he wants an Africa that is united, at least economically if not politically.

"Africa doesn't need strong men, it needs strong Institutions"- Festus Mogae, former President of Botswana.

Botswana former President, Festus Mogae, a recepient of the Mo Ibrahim Leadership excellence award for safeguarding democracy, rule of law, and prosperity,  says Africa needs strong Institutions, not strong men. For a Mandela will come only once in 200 years but other times, we will have weak to average leaders but counter checked by a billion Institutions that are working.

Africa needs a shared economic Prosperity more than it needs an all out one Political federation.

Africa needs a shared economic prosperity more than it needs a borderless political union. Otherwise, we would simply transferring problems from one country to another. We need high skilled jobs. Security. Guns falling silent. Secure elections. Great infrastructure. Thus, in the short term, a European economic Union style suits Africa more than an all out political federation.  

Africa Dream Team. This is the dream team to emancipate Africa from being the laughing stock of the world.

Instead of just a physical geographical spread unity, we also need a union of shared prosperity. For instance, as a first step, we need 15 Pan African ministers to address the deepest challenges that encumber Africa.  And they shouldnt be politicians but rather trained personnel. Here is my small list. 

1. Infrastructure- Award winning architect from Burkina Faso, Francis Diebedo Kere.

2. Agriculture- Ethiopian Eleni Gabra- Madhin.

3. ICT& Technology- Nigerian Ndubuisi Ekekwe.

4. Education- Fred Swaniker, Ghana

5. Health - Nigerian and breast cancer researcher- Funmi Olopade. 

6. Finance- Dr. James Mwangi, Kenya. The poor people's banker.

7. Sports- Carol Radull, Kenya. 

8. Arts& Culture- Thokozani Vilakazi. 

9. Economic Planning- Strive Masiyiwa, Zimbabwe.

10. Careers & Mentorship- Dr. Acha Leke. ( Cameroon ).

Here are three great Africans that would have made Africa a super power. Nkrumah, Sankara, and Steve Biko.

1. Political Power- This no doubt goes to Kwame Nkrumah, who famously said that " Seek ye first the political kingdom and everything else shall follow."

2. Economic Power- This no doubt goes to the great Thomas Sankara, the brilliant economic manager of Burkina Faso who transformed his country in four short years.

3. Cultural Power- This no doubt goes to Steve Biko, the leader of the black consciousness movement. He was brutally murdered by the apartheid regime. 

This is how brain drain is costing Africa trillions.

As of 2014, there were more Malawian doctors in Manchester England, than in Malawi. Which just underscores the huge negative of brain drain in Africa. It's cost is really incalculable. 

How do you quantify a missed work day because there aren't enough doctors. Or worse, a death of an expectant mother or child during childbirth?

Sunday, 15 November 2020

Future of Liberal Arts Education which trains for the mind..

 


As Economics turns from a Social Science to a Hard Physics Like Science, it is leaving a wake of destruction.

 


The Future of Human Resources.

 


Propensity to save and Propensity to invest applies in middle class homes only as long as the six figure cushy job is to be retained.

The propensity to save and propensity to invest applies in middle class homes only as long as we have a years worth of salary savings, and a three employee side hustle.

As such the creative intuitive geniuses to create the next big Internet of Things company, the next big Alphabet, (parent company of Google), are shrinking by the day because that six figure salary at PWC, Proctor& Gamble, has to be maintained at all costs.

Saturday, 14 November 2020

Africa has the talent minus systems to make it's talent shine at a global level.

That France won the 2018 football World Cup with an all black squad but that no African country has ever won the World Cup shows that Africa has the talent minus the systems to make that talent flourish on a global level. 

As footballers salaries hit gazillions per week, more parents are now willing to let their kids to participate in extra curricular.

 A decade or two ago, every parent urged their kids to be doctors, lawyers, or engineers. Now, as salaries of Christiano Ronaldo, and Lionel Messi approach gazillions, many parents now have no qualms in letting their kids pursue extra curricular activities in school. 

As Elite schools manufacture success, previledge is conferred rather than fought for.

As Silicon Valley becomes elitist, the only way to get funding is via a Harvard/Stanford credential, not by crawling through the window to reach the podium. Which means, today, previledge is not fought for by way of talent and hardwork, but it is acquired and conferred via brand name schools.

As Corona and anti immigration bites hard, Elite Universities like Harvard must balance between safeguarding the quality of their brand, and being widely accessible.

 Elite Universities like Harvard and Yale  must balance between democratising their brand name education credential in being widely accessible, versus safeguarding the quality of their brand.

As Corona pandemic bites hard, Harvard physical campuses in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Yale, New Haven, Connecticut, will not host international students, and besides, Trump is clamping down  hard on Immigration of foreign country students.

As a first step, these elite universities must devolve to at least one campus in every continent of the world.

Zoom Conferencing is only the first step in our lives wholly moving online. The real deal will be 3D augmented reality.

With our lives moving online, zoom conferencing is only the first step in this giant leap to online spaces. The real deal will be 3D augmented reality where the person across the screen will feel as if they are with us in the same physical space.

Friday, 13 November 2020

The problem isn't a lack of food in the world, but a lack of distribution and poverty that makes vulnerable people unable to put food on the table.

The problem isn't in the world having any less food. The problem is in the distribution of food, wastage of food, and poverty that makes the most vulnerable members of society unable to afford food. 

Supermarkets throw away almost 50 percent of perfectly edible food and supply chain of food has to be efficient if we are to eliminate hunger in the world.

 Instead of throwing perfectly edible food away, why not embrace a tiered system where the highest quality food is sold at highest price, and lowest quality sold at lowest price.

Tax evasion is the illegality. Not tax avoidance, that is, keeping your taxes as low as possible. And multinationals are exploiting the weaknesses of the nation state to pay as low taxes as possible.

Tax evasion is the illegality, not tax avoidance. That's why Apple can afford to have $200 billion in safe tax havens, the size of cash that would fill up eleven Olympic size swimming pools. 

Such that instead of Apple using it's cash reserves for normal operations it borrows money for it's expansion. Since it would have to pay tax to the American government if that it brought the $200 billion home.

The Golden Rule of Society is that you can't be influential and powerful at the same time.

The golden rule of society is that you can't be powerful and influential at the same time. It is an oxymoron. A cold fire of sorts. Koffi Annan paid heed to this call and never sought the Ghanaian Presidency. 

Aung Sung Su Chi of Mynmmar disobeyed this rule, and she became President and turned the ideals of the Nobel Peace Prize she had won upside down by ethnically profiling and killing a rival ethnically different community.

Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus also underwent some mild change when he joined politics. Which just means, if you are influential never join politics, all the ideals you had will be turned upside down.

Somalia is a diverse nation trying desperately to become a state. Other countries are states desperately trying to become a diverse nation.

Somalia is a uniform diverse nation but is trying desperately to become a state with rule of law and order. On the other hand, all the countries of the world are states desperately trying to become uniform diverse nations.

Stateless Somalia has eleven telecom operators and this competition has made Somalia have the lowest data costs in Africa and the seventh lowest data costs in the world.

Stateless Somalia has the lowest data cost in Africa. And the seventh lowest data cost in the world. All because it has eleven telecom operators that compete to give value for money for their customers.

Showing if entrepreneurship is given a chance, then lots of the biggest problems that confront humanity will be solved. 

Somaliland passport is not internationally recognised. Yet, it remains a moderately successful enclave. Libertarianism plus entrepreneural flair.

Somaliland passport is not recognised internationally. However, it's capital, Hargesia, is a thriving metropolis and with all the comforts of a bustling metropolis. 

Which just shows that libertarian values and entrepreneural flair can solve even the toughest of challenges that humanity faces.

Succession planning isn't about fitting in the predecessors shoes. But rather, in the incoming leader creating her own shoes in different form and content.

One of the most successful succession planning was when then CEO of Safaricom, Bob Collymore, took over from the founding CEO of Safaricom, Micheal Joseph. Bob Collymore didn't fill Michael Joseph shoes, he made his own shoes and led Safaricom to be the most profitable company in East and Central Africa. 

In the West, middle class determines who gets to be President. In Africa, and developing world, politics is a pact between the super rich and the downtrodden peasant.

In West, it's the middle class that controls the politics. In Africa and the developing world, the political process is a pact between the super rich, who provide the funds for elections, and the downtrodden peasant who act as the footsoldiers and enforcers of the super rich decisions.

China is behind the United States only because it lacks the soft power to win hearts and minds of the world.

China is behind the US only because of Soft power, not hard power in the economic sense. Because if you adjust the Chinese economy for purchasing power parity, PPP, then China has already surpassed the US in economic sense.

The only thing that China now has to work on is it's soft power. Hollywood, Silicon Valley, the Ivy League, evangelical belt, and Wall Street are the real drives of America's perception across the world.

As news and opinion merge, is there really a room for impartial, free, and fair media?

As news and opinion merge, is there really something like neutral, impartial, free, and fair media? In my own assessment, media shouldn't be neutral but fair. 

In the West, we all know CNN is liberal media, Fox, well before Paul Ryan joined the board, was right wing conservative, as is breibart news. And that's how media should be. Let media make their ideological position known, and we will consume the news from a vantage point.

Value addition is what Africa and developing world must embrace.

Coffee from Ethiopia is branded by Starbucks which makes gazillions from it. Tea from Kenya is rebranded and reexported as English tea on reaching England. 

Cocoa from Ivory Coast is sold as chocolate on reaching Switzerland. Diamonds and gold from Botswana and South Africa is sold as high end jewellery on reaching Switzerland.

Which means Africa and the developing world have to value add their raw materials, as unprocessed raw materials creates 13 times more jobs in the West than it creates at home. 

Platforms such as Kickstarter, kiva, and GoFundMe are not just platforms for humanitarian bodies to raise funds. Businesses are also raising capital through such platforms.

Fundraising platforms like Kickstarter, Kiva, and GoFundMe are plugging in the gap of angel investors. And US Congress passed a law that required the contributors to fundraising platforms to be treated as shareholders.

This could see small time investors become enormously wealthy on the day of the IPO- Initial public offering.

Angel investing is the missing middle in creating a truly thriving start up scene in the world.

Angel investing is the missing middle in shaping up the start up scene in the world. Since most people can tap into their savings in launching their start ups. 

The point where the savings in the garage start up run out is where angel investing comes in. It's usually in the range of $100,000 in the old economy, or $10,000 in the new economy.

It's ironical that Google spread by word of mouth yet it's business model is based on shady products out advertising the real genuine products.

Google spread by word of mouth because it was superior to other search engines of the time like Alta Vista. Yet, Google's whole business model is based on advertising. Where traditional legacy businesses with shady products routinely out advertise real genuine products.

The undoing of leadership today is the rise of the 35 year plus career politician who only cares about winning next elections, not serving their constituents.

Politics should be a side hustle. The rise of the career politician who stays in parliament or Congress for 35 plus years is the undoing of our politics. This makes these politicians susceptible to lobbying and bribes of big money interests and makes them serve at the whims of the Corporation rather than serving the constituents. 

Freemium Economy is now here with us. What is it's future?

The internet economy is obviously a freemium economy. The internet is basically like a supermarket where multitudes walk in but only a handful make a purchase. 

The click through rate for online ads is only a paltry 2 percent. Which means, 98 percent of audiences get stuff for free whilst not adding monetary value to the website. This is actually quite like turning off the TV or radio when ads are being played. 

Some newspapers like Wall Street Journal or Financial Times now depend almost exclusively on subscriptions rather than online videos. But again, they have to offer a few articles for free, say five per month. 

According to African commentator Charles Onyango Obbo, then a freemium economy bar would serve the first beer for free, then charge for the remainder of the bottles. 

As athletics supreme ambassador Usain Bolt gets tens of millions of dollars in endorsements, the other lower tier athletes are barely surviving.

The diamond leagues in athletics are the equivalent of the English Premier League or La Liga of soccer. This is how developing world athletes earn their money. 

They don't have money from sponsorships and endorsements. Thus, they participate in as many races as possible, and they burn out and don't deliver during the Championships and the Olympics which is all about countries bragging rights rather than times. 

Leadership can't be taught. It can only be studied. You have to go to the trenches and soil your hands for the real deal.

There is a Harvard Professor who is a rock star and an expert in the American Presidency. He knows all the strengths and Weaknesses of the American Presidents. There highs and lows. There milestones. 

But the thing is he only studies leadership. He doesn't teach leadership. Which means, leadership in fact be studied. But it can't be taught. You will have to go to the trenches for you to become a great leader. 

A day in the life of a PWC Associate, McKinsey or Proctor & Gamble trainee should be the way we train our future workers. Not lots of theory.

What's it like to work at PWC, McKinsey, Bain & Capital, Unilever, Proctor &Gamble is should supplement our education and internship Experiences. 

Because if you think about it, before Victorian education came and Theorised everything, learning was by apprenticeship in the ancient days. And I think skills transfer and experience should be better way to train workers than theory based teaching.

Job Shadowing, "What's it like to work at PWC or Proctor& Gamble", is what we should be paying attention to, not necessarily internship.

Job shadowing can be a great way for youngsters to learn about careers that they are really interested in. Job shadowing is not the same as internship in that you the time frame is at most a few days.

 You just spend that time observing and even doing what career mentor is doing. It's more like those YouTube videos of " What's it like to work at PWC, McKinsey, or Proctor &Gamble. Etc. 

Music, acting, and football have now replaced law, medicine, and engineering as the dream careers for students.

Music, football and acting are now the preferred career path for young kids today. The traditional doctor, lawyer, and engineer have taken a backseat, as youngsters watch how a teenager make gazillions from their talent in music, football, or acting. 

But what these youngsters forget is that the shelf life of these talented people is very short, and thus, these careers should be developed as early as age four, like the way Alicia Keys started playing piano at age four. Such by time she is forty, she has made enough money to last her several lifetimes.

Homeschooling is the future of learning for our kids. But it has to be regulated to ensure same high quality as traditional schools.

HomeSchooling is now here with us. In the West it's much more organised and regulated than in the developing world. Some homeschooled students have even been admitted to Harvard, Yale and MIT. 

HomeSchooling is especially efficient since the home schooled student will avoid traffic jams which makes her wake up at 3,AM to beat the traffic jam, and then spend the whole day sleeping in class. 

The American and EU cow is subsidised to the tune of $3 a day. Making a mockery of so called free markets that the West loves to champion.

The American and European Union dairy cow is subsidised to the tune of $3 a day. Making the dairy products of these regions artificially cheap and consigning farmers in the developing world to poverty. And in effect, making farming a terrible way to make a living in the Third world and developing world.

Both the American University Professor and the Developing world professor are not available to undergraduates. But here's the difference in their unavailability.

Whereas in American universities the professor is not available since he's busy in the research lab, thus leaving students at the mercy of teaching assistants( TAs), in the developing world, the professor is not available since she has to moonlight in five different universities at the same time just to make ends meet. 

Meet the first black student government President of MIT- Danielle Geathers.

Danielle Geathers is the first black student government President at MIT. She is a sophomore in the Mechanical Engineering department and hopes to study patent law to plug in the racial Innovation gap.

Mechanical Engineering is so much more than just repairing cars.

University level Mechanical Engineering isn't just about repairing cars. It's do much more. It's about machine design. Fluid mechanics. Solid and structural mechanics. Ergonomics. Industrial Management. Production Technology. Materials Science. 

In fact, I would argue that Mechanical Engineering is the most diverse field of Engineering. 

Thursday, 12 November 2020

Rather than Ivy League universities using a so called "holistic admission", wouldn't it be better if they abandoned such lottery and stuck to academic merit alone as the yardstick for admission?

Given that Ivy League admissions have turned out to be a lottery, shouldn't the universities stick to one metric alone, academics, as the single biggest factor that makes you signed up?

 Because, how do you compare apples in a class President versus oranges in the genius football player? A pure academic merit system like Cambridge university entrance exam or the Gaokao Chinese college entrance exam would suffice. 

Gig economy will blur the line between the subcontractor, employer, and employee. Between full time worker and part time worker.

The gig economy is now going mainstream. In the not too distant future, every one will have some gig side hustle. Either freelancing on sites such as upwork.com, task rabbit, or even be Uber and Lyft drivers. 

This will blur the line between the employee and the subcontractor, between employer and employee.

How much should the wealthiest person in the world be?

What should be the wealth of the richest man in the world? My hunch is, barring people who hold the wealth in trust for the collective, the wealthiest person in the world should be a paltry $7 million in their networth. 

This is the inflection point at which the creative genius turns from helping society to stealing from it. 

If you think about it, the celebrity is loved since they are operating at this optimum value while the billionare, no matter how life changing their product or service, is hated by all and sundry since there is an incessant feeling that they are robbing from society. 

The error of Capitalism today is that it socialises failure by big businesses. In other words, Main Street is paying for the sins of Wall Street.

It is unfortunate that capitalism of today socialises failure by big businesses in form of subsidies to the too big to fail businesses. The automakers like Ford and General Motors were subsidised to the tune of $100 billion dollars, while big investment banks also were subsidised. 

Capitalism at it's best should be able to destroy old wealth, create new wealth, and reassign inefficient wealth. In other words, Main Street is paying for the excesses of Wall Street.

Instead of having cancer chemotherapy equipment in every village and precinct in the world, let's have an organic farm in every village and precinct in the world.

If we were to solve problems from first principles, we would focus on preventive health and not curative health. For instance, instead of having a chemotherapy machine in every village and precinct in the world, we would instead have an organic farm in every village and precinct in the world.

Because, all the chemical fertilisers find their way into our bodies. All the crop pesticides find their way into our dinner plates. All the cattle dip finds it's way into our cup of tea. Such that we are basically a walking laboratory of chemicals. 

For farming not to be a terrible way to make a living, it must be treated as Agri Business rather than a subsistence part time work.

If agriculture is treated as an agribusiness rather than a subsistence part time work, farmers would keep records and monitor their produce and yields in a timely manner. 

Then they will be able to borrow loans and mechanise their farms to produce even greater yields.

Ethiopian Airlines is one of only a paltry handful of airlines that are making a profit and competing with global airlines.

In a world where airline executives heave a huge sigh of relief so long as their airlines stay a day on air, Ethiopia Airlines is making huge revenues and profits. Such that it even trains airline pilots and cabin crew stuff for other airlines in Africa and beyond. 

Ethiopia is leading the way in exporting of nurses to earn the country foreign exchange in terms of remittances.

In 2010, Ethiopia increased the training of it's nurses by four times not to plug into it's healthcare challenges, but for export. Since the excess nurses will bring money in form of remittances to aid the Ethiopian economy.

Ethiopia must be allowed to utilise the River Nile waters to fill up the grand reneissance dam, and grandstanding of United States and Egypt must cease.

The United States is siding with Egypt in it's dispute with Ethiopia over the grand reneissance dam which Ethiopia is constructing.

 Simply because Egypt signed a colonial treaty which allows only Egypt utilise the resources of River Nile without a care in the world that the downstream countries also need to utilise River Nile. 

And also because Egypt is a greater strategic ally for the United States in the Middle East than Ethiopia.

Celebrating a best kept secret. Harvard feeder school Former Alliance High School principal Christopher Khaemba.

Celebrating an under appreciated high school principal, Mr. Christopher Khaemba. Former Principal of Alliance High School and founding Dean of the African Leadership Academy. 

During his time at African feeder school to the Ivy League, Alliance High School, the top 40 students were clustered in a class known as the "Harvard Class".

The repute of Christopher Khaemba was such that even if Khaemba had recommended a donkey to be admitted to Harvard, it would have been admitted.

Ethiopian Commodity Exchange-ECx, a brainchild of Eleni Gabra-Madhin aims to cut off the middle man from the farming value chain and put money in farmers pockets.

Ethiopian Eleni Gabra-Madhin set up the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange-ECx, modelled after the Chicago Mercantile exchange which aims to cut off the broker middle man in the farming value chain. 

In the developing world, farming is a terrible way to making a living since the middle man descends in the villages with lorries   and buys produce at throw away prices because peasant farmers are desperate to get money for paying school fees for the next schooling year. 

Which sends them in another never ending cycle of poverty. In Ethiopia ECx, farmers will deposit produce at designated warehouses, where they get share certificates for their produce. 

The talented one percent is what has set America apart. But that remarkable run of the talented may soon come to an end as anti immigration becomes deeply embedded in the American psyche.

While the rural peasant has had her day in America, while the precision expert consultant has had her day in America, while the skilled noble has had her day in America, it is the talented that has had a remarkable run in America.

 The creative genius entrepreneur, the actor, the singer, the songwriter, the football player, the writer all have made America have that Midas Touch.

 They have made America be the shining city on the hill. But with anti Immigration being the Clarion call for many Americans, the remarkable run of the talented may come to an abrupt end in America.

Here's why there is a distinct difference between the uniform American University transcript and the haphazard British system university transcript.

In American universities a whole course is taught once. Or at the very maximum, for complex courses, it is divided into an intermediate course and a main course. But for British system universities, a course is divided into units of four or five parts.

For instance, introductory is Calculus I, basic is Calculus II, intermediate is Calculus III, advanced is Calculus IV. But the drawback for such division is that the units are taught at least a year apart, and almost always by a different lecturer. 

This makes a transcript of a British university be room for bemusement. For instance, apart from the outliers, a British system transcript looks like this; Calculus I A, Calculus II C, Calculus III A, Calculus IV C.

Nigerian President Buhari in an international conference suggested that a woman's place is in the kitchen; Imagine these views peddled in the 21st century.

In an international conference, seated right beside GERMAN chancellor Angela Merkel, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said that the woman's place is in the kitchen. 

Was it a rebuke for Angela Merkel or Buhari's true position when it comes to women in the workplace or even in politics? What did Nigeria first lady Aisha Buhari think of her husband sentiments?

The rise and rise of musician Diamond Platnumz is more than just musical prodigy, but importantly also about hype.

When mercurial rising star Tanzanian Diamond Platnumz clocked one billion YouTube views, YouTube management took notice and penned a blog on the rise of Diamond Platnumz. 

The blog mentions that Diamond Platnumz has released hit after hit, has his own media stable which isn't just for bringing in cash, but for hype as well.

An MIT Professor argues that software should not be attributable to anyone. In effect, all software should be open source.

An MIT professor argues that software should be like food recipe. Widely available but not attributable to anyone. According to this professor then, all these software billionares are crooks. What's your take? Should all software be open source?

Between 1989 and 2002, all students that topped the KCSE Kenyan high school exit exam got full scholarships to Ivy League universities.

Between 1989 and 2002, every student that topped the Kenya high school secondary exams got a full scholarship to either Harvard, Yale or MIT. Presenting a huge brain drain from Kenya. 

But the counter argument is that those brilliant Kenyan students that were left behind are either underemployed or unemployed, representing a huge potential wealth loss than even brain drain to overseas countries itself.

Research isn't an Ivory tower pursuit, but rather a requirement for a country to prosper well into the future.

While research doesn't pay in the short term, it does pay in the medium to long term. This is because you could take 20 years to come up with the prototype, but only a fraction of a second to produce carbon copies of the prototype.

 At least in the developed world, they are invested in the research which gave us the internet and the world wide web. Or the broad Institute that is giving us cutting edge research into science.

But developing world countries have to weigh in on whether to feed people or engage in ivory tower research, and most choose feeding their people as the most immediate pressing need.

Studies show that the GPA, grades, or SAT score doesn't have any bearing at all on who will become the future millionare.

The irony of the world is that in most cases, the A student works for the Both and C student. And then the D student goes underground into politics or launches a multi billion company and rules all of us. 

Capitalism is dysfunctional since there is no perfect rate card for all it's participants.

Is the CEO justified in being paid tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars as compensation while the factory floor worker gets only a paltry thousands peanuts. 

For it means that the productivity of the CEO is at least a thousand times more than the average employee. And this is why socialists are having a field day calling capitalism a barbaric system since there is no perfect rate card for all the participants of capitalism.  

We need a rate card for the creative genius founder, the expert who takes the low hanging fruit to higher levels, and the transactional receptionist, secretary, file pusher, tea girl et al.

The tragedy of the world is that we celebrate only outcomes, not the process.

The likes of Christiano Ronaldo and Messi are now known in every homestead. The question of who between the two is the world's greatest footballer fails to address the fact that these players only perform when the conditions are perfect for them, the clubs, than when playing for their national team. 

Which means without Iniesta, Messi is average at best, otherwise, he were that mercurial he would have won the world cup with Argentina. Same as Ronaldo. 

A low tier segment in our stock markets could be dedicated for small family businesses to publicly list their businesses.

Stock market debut, through initial Public Offering, IPO, can be a great way for family businesses to raise more capital for expansion, and more crucially, be open and transparent since being publicly listed comes with certain dos and don'ts for the company. 

What's the future of Biotechnology? Are Monsanto and Sygenta amongst other global biotech firms going to dominate the Agri business scene?

Biotechnology is a great new technology. But the race to gene edit plants and introduce plants with more harvest and greater disease resistant could result in natural Flora and fauna disappearing. 

And what's more, we really don't know the exact value each species in the world brings to the table. Besides, companies like Monsanto or Sygenta will dominate the scene leaving out local seed companies who don't have money to match the financial muscle of the global biotech companies.