Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Quote of the day

I was browsing through one of my fave blogs, Linda Ikeji (check it out at, when I came across the quote below:

On Electricity “If Nigeria were to spend 0.4 percent of its oil and gas revenues to energy power and electricity, they would solve this problem immediately. Other countries [aside from Nigeria] are not getting revenues from oil and gas. If left to the markets they will never get access to electricity.” - Fatih Birol, Chief Economist for the International Energy Agency.

Now, isn't that interesting...

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

O Africa...

...the Government is too corrupt...
...As a business person, you can't make much progress unless you have connections...
... this person and that person are into Aristo shows...
...I'm moving my family to the States because all this wahala is becoming too much for me....
...God will punish those armed robbers................

As an African, the fragments above sound all too familiar. You've either included one of the above fragments in at least one of your conversations or you've heard some other African say it. There are numerous problems that plague the African continent (not country, as one of my classmates said today) - piracy on Somalian waters, child soldiers, AIDS , corrupt governments, unstable political systems, lack of proper health and education infrastructure, lack of jobs for post-secondary governments ... when will all of this end???

Some say "one day, e go better...". In the case of some countries, that's been said for over 40 years. WHEN exactly will the continent of Afríca be promoted from a status 'under-developed'/ developing/ 3rd world' to 'developed'

Should governments' solely bear the responsibility of making the much-needed improvements or should the citizens' take charge. I'm of the mindset that mass change is likely to be more effective through a top-down approach .i.e. government's are responsible for their citizen's lot.

First, change is expensive and governments' not individuals have the ability to foot the bill.

Second, though the structure of the government (federal, state and local government), it will likely be faster to implement change nationwide. Very few individuals/organizations, if any, have an established network in place to implement nationwide changes.

Third , if governments don't have expertise on a certain issue, they have the resources and clout to attract top talent from anywhere in the world. Not many citizens can do that.

I'll stop at 3 reasons for now.Once these top-down changes start to occur, then citizens can begin trusting the efficiency of their government and aid in implementing changes at state/local levels.

Let me know what you think, is it solely the responsibility of the governments' or the citizens' or is it a shared responsibility? If shared, who bears the majority of the burden?

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*I'll follow up in a future post in a discussion about strategies that I THINK a number of African politicians take when assuming office, and the effectiveness of these strategies*

Saturday, September 11, 2010

9/11 Anniversary & Memorial services

I was pondering over the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 incident only yesterday, having forgotten that I’d be flying over the Atlantic on that very same day. You can only imagine my apprehension when things finally clicked in my mind...

My fears (not that severe, I assure you) were quickly doused when I remembered the victims. The 9/11 incident is especially sad because of the loss of numerous innocent victims. According to the Swahili saying, "when two elephants fight, the grass suffers". Leaders should take this into consideration when making crucial decisions.

May the souls of the innocent victims truly rest in peace. I pray for the comfort of their loved ones.

Memorial services were held at Ground Zero, across America and also in Canada.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Welcome to Musings of Ewa !!!

Hello everybody ! and welcome to my blog :)
I hope you all enjoyed the summer holidays as much as I did. I did some globe trotting and will be resuming studies in a few days. Although the thought of resuming school doesn't exactly make me beam, I look forward to the challenges of final year (It's going to be crazy hectic for the first month or so, so I apologize in advance for any rant-eque posts that lay in wait)

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I am terribly excited to join the blogosphere and I hope you enjoy visiting my blog.