Has Africa Bought a Stairway to Heaven? Stairway to heaven. "Stairway to Heaven" is a song by the English rock band Led Zeppelin which was composed by guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant and released in 1971. It is often referred to as one of the greatest rock songs of all time. The song was also voted #3 in 2000 by VH1 on its list of the 100 Greatest Rock Songs. On June 23, 2016, Led Zeppelin finally won a couple decades long case of infringement claims as a jury ruled that the Led Zeppelin version of stairway to heaven did not amount to copyright infringement. Ok but the hidden economics is not about the song itself but about my take from the lyrics of the song. There is a lady who is sure that all that glitters is gold and she is buying the stairway to heaven. Is it possible that Africa has bought into the belief that every advice that comes from outside Africa is better than theirâ€™s and is literally gold. Is it possible that Africa has been sold a stairway to heaven by believing that only outside assistance can give them electric power. Heck no. As Nigerians would say, it is not our portion. Africans should have misgivings about this kind of reasoning. Now I am not trying to buy into the neo-colonial dependency notion that there is a western conspiracy against Africa. There is not and nobody should ever hold a pity party for that. The fact of the matter which is a problem is that Africans themselves jump into believing every bit of advice that comes from outside. This must stop. What will provide adequate energy supply in Africa is Africans sitting together and designing strategies that can solve the problem. As Led Zeppelin says in the song, There is still time to change the road you are on. And then if you listen very hard, the tune will come to you at last. If Africans consider, explore and actively design approaches to activate and utilize all the related physical and human resources we have, we can power the whole world ourselves. In fact there is no hidden economics here. This one is just economics you can use. What I am stressing however here is to stop thinking that someone will come and do it for us. Folks, not even Barack Obama can do alone, and besides he is leaving office. People can not continue to believe that Africa can beg its way out of darkness. Our hidden economics for you.
Posted: Aug 2nd, 2016 @ 03:49:18 AM